Art in the Garden

Art LogoThe Hahn Horticulture Garden (HHG) is not only a fabulous collection of living art; it is a showplace for artists from throughout the New River Valley and surrounding area. The Pavilion hosts 6 artist a year with a wide diversity of visual arts from photography to handmade paper; acrylics, watercolors and oils; mono-printing to metal work. The love of nature is shown in the creativeness of our local artists.

In 2015 the art went outside and Simply Elemental was born. Simply Elemental is an outdoor multi-artist installation integrated along the garden paths, plantings, and trees of the HHG. It is held annually from August 1st and September 30th. Simply Elemental 2018 was the first time that Performing Artists were also included.

In conjunction with the art show, the HHG has conducted a variety of events, including meet the artists receptions, hands-on art workshops, speakers and garden-art tours. Watch our events calendar for dates.

Please click the tabs below form more information on art being displayed in the Garden.

Upcoming Artists in the Pavilion for 2024:

  • March/April - Karin Tauber Textile
  • May/June- Bob Lyons Photography
  • July/August - Michelle Water Media
  • Sept/ Oct- Charlotte Chan Water Media
  • Nov/Dec - Ava Howard Water Media
  • Interested in showing your work in the Pavilion? Email us at

Simply Elemental is an outdoor, multi-artist installation integrated along the garden paths, plantings, and trees of the Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech. It is held annually between August 1st and September 30th.

For additional information on the event, please visit the Simply Elemental website

Blacksburg Regional Art Association

About the artist

Artists Paintings Inspired by Dr. Z.L. Feng

The Blacksburg Regional Art Association was fortunate to host a watercolor workshop with Z.L Feng in the fall of 2023. Artists from the workshop were invited to submit paintings that were inspired by Dr. Feng’s teachings and the workshop. There were 24 artists participating in the 2-day workshop. There were highs and lows, but all walked away with more tools for their art box and palette.

Z.L Feng moved to the United States from China in 1986. Feng has won more than 200 state, regional, national and international awards and been recognized at numerous watercolor exhibitions. Growing up in Shanghai, Feng began painting at age seven and never stopped, experimenting with different mediums, including pastel, oil, and egg tempera, before choosing his favorite, watercolor. “With watercolor you cannot cover your mistakes, so you must know what you are doing,” he says. He finds inspiration for his lovely landscapes in the countryside of the New River Valley: “Usually I go around¬¬ – to the river, the forest, the lake – to try and find interesting compositions.”

Dr. Feng is retired from the art department at Radford University and now focuses on his art. This was a Blacksburg Regional Art Association sponsored workshop for members and the association was fortunate to have an opportunity to paint with Dr. Feng!

There will be an artist’s reception on February 18th from 2:00-4:00 at the VT Hahn Horticulture Garden Pavilion. We hope to see you to celebrate the artists.

Artist showing:

Trenia Bell Charlotte Chan Rebecca Cockrum
Diamond Gabriel Matt Gentry Jeannie Hamilton
Ava Howard Maxine Lyons Betty Moore
Tom Reisinger Robi Sallee Suzanne Ross
Michele Walter