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Hahn Horticulture Garden guests to savor Key West flavor at Garden Gala extravaganza


A couple admires plants at the annual garden gala at the Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech Mickey and Sarah Hayes check out the auction plants at the Garden Gala.

BLACKSBURG, Va., June 1, 2012 – “Key West” is the theme for the eighth annual Garden Gala at Virginia Tech’s Hahn Horticulture Garden on Washington Street. The garden party will take place June 9 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.  Guests will enjoy abundant hors d’oeuvres by Blue Ridge Catering and two open bars while the Key West Band keeps guests dancing.

Guests can also bid on a selection of items – plants, art, vacation destinations, and more – at the silent and live auctions. All proceeds help support the garden.

Honorary gala chairs T. Marshall Hahn Jr., Virginia Tech president emeritus, and Jean Russell Hahn, extend an invitation to all. Gala honorary hosts for 2012 are Steve Grigg, a 1976 Virginia Tech graduate with a degree in horticulture, and Juanita Grigg, owners of Grigg Design, a landscape design and build firm in Manassas Park, Va. 

“We are excited about being honorary hosts for this year’s gala. We consider the garden to be an important learning tool for the Department of Horticulture and a great contribution to the campus in general,” said Steve Grigg.

The Hahn Horticulture Garden within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is self-sustaining and raises all operating funds used for student workers, internships, maintenance, plant acquisition, and new garden features. 

“We’ve expanded the garden and improved our plant collection to better fulfill our mission in educating undergraduates for careers in the green industry,” said Holly Scoggins, associate professor and garden director. “The garden serves the campus and the local community by teaching sustainable gardening practices, promoting new and underused plants, and putting on seminars and workshops for youths and adults.”

Dressy tropical attire is encouraged; parrots are optional. No jeans or shorts. The gala will go on rain or shine.

Tickets are $70 per person; everything is included. The order form is available on the gala’s website, or call 540-231-5970.

Nationally ranked among the top research institutions of its kind, Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences focuses on the science and business of living systems through learning, discovery, and engagement. The college’s comprehensive curriculum gives more than 3,100 students in a dozen academic departments a balanced education that ranges from food and fiber production to economics to human health. Students learn from the world’s leading agricultural scientists, who bring the latest science and technology into the classroom.