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.

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Upcoming Artists in the Pavilion for 2023:

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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

Natalie Marie Siegel

About the artist

Natalie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from JMU in 1984. From there, she worked as a graphic designer in the DC area for 10 years. While raising their three children, she sidelined as a freelance illustrator. At the request of a local interior designer, she entered the field of decorative painting, embellishing walls, ceilings and furniture for model homes and private residences.

In 2003, the family moved to her husband’s hometown of Blacksburg, where she combined her love of antiques and decorative painting by transforming old furniture pieces into one-of-a-kind works of art for client’s homes. In 2007, The Upscale Attic was conceived and she successfully ran this consignment shop for quality home furnishings for nearly 14 years, employing her artist’s eye for window displays and eye-catching vignettes.

It wasn’t until she closed the shop in 2021 that Natalie started painting in acrylics and a new artistic adventure began. Incorporating antique elements, capturing the natural beauty of the NRV and creating detailed texture with palette knives are her current passions.