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Virginia Tech to host third annual Garden Gala on June 16


   

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BLACKSBURG, Va., May 21, 2007 – The third annual Hahn Horticulture Garden Gala--"A Midsummer Night’s Garden Gala"--will be held on Saturday, June 16, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the garden on Washington Street on the Virginia Tech campus.

Attendees will have an opportunity to stroll through the Horticulture Garden and tour the Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion while enjoying gourmet hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and live music.

“There will be twinkling lights, beautiful music, and fabulous floral displays for our guest’s enjoyment,” said Holly Scoggins, associate professor of horticulture at Virginia Tech and director of the Hahn Horticulture Garden. While Shakespeare’s play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is the inspiration for this year’s gala theme, Scoggins notes “The garden entrance on Washington Street will have special plantings in an orange and maroon color scheme in honor of the victims of April 16 and as a tribute to our community’s Hokie spirit.”

The Gala will also feature live and silent auctions with an array of fantastic plants, garden creations, artwork, and other garden goodies.

“This is our most important fundraiser of the year --proceeds from the gala are crucial for our day-to-day operations including student workers, maintenance, plant acquisition, and new garden features,” said Scoggins.

The Hahn Horticulture Garden is used by students in the horticulture and landscape architecture undergraduate programs in the as well as many educational and outreach programs. The garden hosts numerous groups from throughout the world who come to learn from Virginia Tech experts as well as enjoy the different features of the gardens.

Tickets are $45 person or $80 per couple. To request tickets or for more information, call (540) 231-5783, or contact garden staff via e-mail.