Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. is proud to present our Non-Profit Member of the Month for July 2016-Hahn Horticulture Garden
Since it’s establishment in 1984, the Hahn Horticulture Garden has experienced, and been shaped by, the influence of its diverse community. From Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff, local volunteers, and visiting public school groups, to remarkable speakers, event guests, and everyday visitors, the garden has served many purposes and fulfilled many needs. As a public garden, open every day dawn to dusk, it has upheld and surpassed the goals of its founders to be a hands-on learning resource. In addition to free admittance, the garden provides educational programs for youth and adults and encourages environmental awareness. Being entirely self-sufficient, the Hahn Garden is maintained fully on donations from generous community members, income from hosting events, and the Friends of the Garden membership program. Other support is provided by donated materials, dedicated volunteers, garden staff, and Virginia Tech faculty and students. These incredible contributions allow the garden to continue providing a beautiful haven of nature and tranquility for everyone in Blacksburg and beyond.
The garden was founded in 1984 by Horticulture faculty members Robert Lyons and Robert McDuffie. Many people over the years have contributed to the garden: students, faculty, staff, community volunteers, nursery and greenhouse growers, landscapers, and so many more. Many garden components and structures have been designed and built by Horticulture faculty and students. The current garden, including new construction, covers 5.8 acres.
The garden was renamed the Hahn Horticulture Garden in November 2004 in honor of Peggy L. Hahn, in thanks for the generous gift and bequest for expansion from T. Marshall and Peggy Hahn. Peggy Lee Hahn was First Lady of Virginia Tech from 1962 to 1974 as her husband, Dr. T. Marshall Hahn, Jr., served as President. The Hahn’s generosity over the years has changed the garden – from the construction of the Peggy Lee Hahn Pavilion (2006) to the Hahn Meadow Garden (2008)– as well as in other ways too numerous to list.