Event Rentals at the Hahn Horticulture Garden


The Hahn Horticulture Garden is the perfect place to host your meeting, reception, anniversary celebration, bridal shower, or other special event! Please visit our Wedding Page for more information on hosting your wedding at the Garden.

A rental of the Hahn Horticulture Garden includes the use of the Peggy Lee Hahn Pavilion, Terrace, Tent Lawn, and other Garden spaces to host your event. You have the flexibility to utilize the caterer of your choice and they can work out of the pavilion prep-kitchen or setup an outdoor work space.


The Peggy Lee Hahn Pavilion can comfortably host about 48 people for a seated meal or 60+ for a reception style event. For larger events (over 50 people) we suggest renting a tent (up to 40’ x 60’) to place on our Tent Lawn and utilize the pavilion for staging and restrooms.

Coming in 2024!


The Garden has entered a contract for the construction of a new 40'x70' open air structure that will be available for rental events. This means no more rental tents on the lawn! The exact completion date in 2024 is still being determined, stay tunded for more details.

Please review our Private Rentals Quick Facts for more detailed information about renting the pavilion, including pricing. Rental rates vary depending on the length of rental (four or eight hour rentals), amount of people, day of the week, and if you will be renting a tent.

Please email our Events Team to verify date availability hahngardenrentals@vt.edu

Please note that Event Insurance is required for all events not related to Virginia Tech.

All rental revenue goes directly into the garden’s daily operations fund. The money is used to purchase plants, materials, and equipment and pays for our hard-working student workers. Renting our facility helps keep the Garden growing and beautiful!

The Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion, completed June 9, 2006, offers a bright space for parties, meetings, retreats, memorial services and other special events. French doors open from the 660 sq. ft. multipurpose room to an ample paved terrace and the lawn beyond. The entire building is ADA compliant, including kitchen and restrooms. Front entrance and porch is "on grade" for easy access from surrounding area.


  • Interior total including offices and restrooms: 2,200sq. ft.
  • Multipurpose room interior: 26' x 25' . 660 sq. ft.
  • French doors open to surrounding porch (under roof): three sides at 7' deep . 400 sq. ft.
  • Multipurpose area under roof including room and porch: 1,060 sq. ft. * Hall, lobby, and entrance alcove (can be used as overflow for multipurpose room) . 320 sq. ft.
  • Total covered public space available for staging event . 1,380 sq. ft. (includes hall, lobby, alcove, multipurpose room, and covered porch).

Other Amenities

  • Six silver high-top tables
  • Six 5'-Diameter round tables
  • 12 6' long rectangular tables
  • 50 folding chairs (plastic)
  • Projection screen
  • 70" TV on a rolling cart
  • Wireless LAN via VT Wireless
  • Galley kitchen: 12' x 9', 108 sq. ft. (includes electric range and stove, sinks, and refrigerator).
  • Restrooms: Men's has one handicapped-accessible stall and two urinals.Women's has three stalls (one handicapped-accessible).
  • High and low drinking fountains near restrooms.
  • Small changing room (54 sq. ft.) accessible from women's restroom.
  • Multipurpose room has two recessed work areas with counter tops; one with double sink. - Can be exposed or hidden behind aluminum doors.
  • All interior spaces have full climate control (heating and cooling).
  • Two ceiling fans in the hall and two in the multipurpose room.
  • Recessed lighting throughout, including porch.

Important notes:

  • Most private events are not required to have an ABC permit to serve alcoholic beverages, but the unversity reserves the right to request one when reviewing/approving events. However, any caterer working on campus must obtain an ABC permit to serve alcoholic beverages (many local caterers already have the license).
  • Campus regulations require a tent permit 30 days before the event through VT Facilities for tents larger than 900 sq ft. We can take care of this for you.
  • Event insurance is required for all weddings as well as any groups not affiliated with VT.
  • We are unable to restrict garden access to classes, students, and the general public who may be passing through the gardens. Our experience has been that students and visitors have been very respectful of special events.
  • While we try to alert people to possible university and community conflicts that will increase traffic to the garden it is ultimately your responsibility to check before booking. Events that might increase garden traffic include high school prom and homecoming dances, university graduations, university athletic events, and more. We recommend avoiding dates when there is a large event on campus. Please visit the University Calendar web site http://www.calendar.vt.edu for information on campus events. We have no control over campus events outside of the garden. It is your responsibility to be sure there is not a large event taking place at the university or the surround communities on your chosen date.