Downtown Blacksburg Inc is proud to present our business Member of the Month of January- Hahn Horticulture Garden.
The Hahn Horticulture Garden has a Rich Family History
The Garden was founded in 1984 by Horticulture faculty members Robert Lyons, Robert McDuffie and Richard Johnson. Over the next 35 years, the Garden has evolved into a 5.8-acre green oasis on the Virginia Tech campus. 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. Mrs. Hahn was First Lady of Virginia Tech from 1962 to 1974 while her husband, Dr. T. Marshall Hahn, Jr., served as President. The Hahn’s generosity over the years has had a significant impact on the Garden, including the construction of the Peggy Lee Hahn Pavilion (2006) and the Hahn Meadow Garden (2008). The Garden is a beautiful testament to the Hahn Family’s generosity.
The Garden is more than just Breathtaking Views…
The Garden serves as a living classroom and a relaxation/study area for students. The Garden features hundreds of species of woody and herbaceous plants from around the world. The plant collection is continuously evolving, with new plants added every year. Annual beds along Washington Street change multiple times per year and feature a spring display of Tulips and pansies/violas and a summer display of colorful annuals. Many of the structures and spaces within the Garden were constructed by student classes, which provided the students with exciting hands-on experience.
The Garden offers a variety of educational programing to the public, including free Wednesday “Learn at Lunch” programs and other paid lectures and workshops. Volunteers are always welcome on Monday nights (during daylight savings time) to assist Garden staff with pruning, weeding, planting, and other tasks. It is an opportunity for the community to physically support the Garden and meet a variety of interesting people while doing so. The Garden pavilion and grounds are also available for rent for events including weddings, parties, and corporate retreats.
While the Garden is located on the Virginia Tech campus, it does not receive funding from the university for its daily operations. The Garden must raise funding for everything from office supplies to plants and mulch. The Garden also pays for its hard-working student workers and summer interns. The community can support the Garden in many ways, including becoming a member of the Garden’s “Friends of the Garden” program, attending events, sponsoring the annual Garden Gala (June 13, 2020), or making a cash donation. Please visit the Garden website www.hort.vt.edu/hhg/ for our schedule of events and additional information on rentals and donations.