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Image of flowers in Hahn Horticultural Garden
Image of flowers in Hahn Horticultural Garden

The Hahn Horticulture Garden is a place where students, faculty, staff, and the general public  come to learn, teach, and find peace for the last 36 years. Years from now, future Hokies need to have the opportunity to see the garden first-hand and experience everything a garden can offer.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic and event cancellations have severely impacted the garden’s finances.

The Hahn Horticulture Garden exists because of the generosity of its allies. 

In order for the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences to continue improving and maintaining the Garden for current students and future generations, your help is needed.

Become a Friend of the Garden. Donate today.

  • Sponsor student workers
    Sponsor one or more Student Workers during the upcoming Fall and Spring semesters. Three to four student workers are hired each year who work around 10 hours a week. Wages for one student to work 10 hours per week for two semesters is $3,500.

  • Plant collection management software
    Help establish a plant database with an online mapping component that allows visitors to search for and locate plants in the Garden. The estimated cost of the initial purchase of the software and the tablet is around $10,000. There is also a $1,500 yearly fee after that to maintain the database and webpage, and an additional student worker may be hired to assist.

  • Sponsor annual color beds
    Sponsor the annual color beds along Washington Street and around the Pavilion Building for Spring and Summer of 2021. With the anticipated significant reduction in rental revenue, there is a drastically reduced budget for purchasing plants in Fiscal Year 2021. The estimated cost for one year, Spring and Summer displays, combined is $10,000.

  • Sculpture for the Shade Garden
    Sponsor a permanent piece of art in the Shade Garden. The total cost depends on the piece of art selected.

  • Meadow Garden seating area
    Help draw people into the Meadow Garden with a special seating area that incorporates Chicago maroon and burnt orange into the design. A full cost estimate has not been conducted, but it is anticipated to be in the $20,000 to $35,000 range.

  • HHG entry gate
    Help create a prominent entry gate into the Garden along the walkway from Washington Street to draw more people into the beauty of the Garden. A cost estimate has not yet been done on what would be a major focal point of the Garden.


Vernon Meacham
Assistant Dean of Advancement
(540) 231-3071

Crystal Graham
Associate Director of Development

Hunter Hilbert
Assistant Director of Development 
(540) 231-6975

Robyn Stuart
Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations
(540) 231-9666

Krystle Smith
Advancement Associate
(540) 231-5546

Meet the Development team→