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:

  • 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

John Ogburn

About the artist

Growing up in Winston-Salem, N.C. I remember getting a Kodak Brownie camera which I used to take photos on family trips. Being part of a gardening family, I learned to appreciate flowers, especially wildflowers, which I also photographed. Working in the family gardens was a valuable learning experience as well.

While attending Duke University, I spent two summers in the mountains of Colorado and Switzerland. I had a Pentax Spotmatic camera then which I used to photograph mountain scenery and wildflowers. Those continue to be favorite subjects to photograph now.

After Duke I attended Vanderbilt Medical School and did a Pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Amy and I moved to Blacksburg in 1976 and have lived near Prices Fork since 1986.

Besides photography I enjoy all types of gardening, growing orchids and other tropical plants, hiking, skiing, and bird watching. Since retiring from my Pediatric practice, Amy and I have traveled a good bit with many of those trips being for bird watching or visiting beautiful gardens on Robert McDuffie’s tours.