Places and Organizations

Where to visit, what is there when you get there, who to contact or reach out to are important and handy things to have at your disposal.  This list is only a few of places to go and people to contact.  We are always on the look out for new gardens to visit or special places of interest!

Hahn Horticultural Garden at Virginia Tech 

The Hahn Horticulture Garden encompasses nearly six acres of teaching and display gardens on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Established in 1984 by the Horticulture faculty, the garden serves undergraduate students and the local community as a learning resource for plant material, landscaping concepts, and environmental awareness. 

Happy Hollow Gardens 

Address:  6997 Mt. Chestnut Road, Roanoke  (540)387-6078

This is a hiking park with manicured gardens and hundreds of azaleas!  Visit in April-May for a spectacular floral display throughout the park.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden 

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of the top gardens in the entire US. The garden is located at 1800 Lakeside Avenue Richmond, VA.  You must purchase tickets online as there are no walk-up sales.

Virginia Master Gardeners Association (VMGA)  This is our state governing body for all the local Master Gardener Associations in Virginia 

Address:  249 Snapps Mill Road, Sprout Spring, VA 24593


The Community Arboretum at Virginia Western College

The Arboretum has a huge park with a brand new Gazebo.  Of course, it is loaded with amazing trees, bushes, and flowers.  They even have a children's maze! Don't forget to stop by the All American Selections (AAS) garden. Bring a lunch and have a picnic!

Do you have a group that would like a guided tour? Call and schedule one this year.  You won't be disappointed.

Open from sunrise to sunset and free to all.

Contact:  Clark BeCraft 540-857-6388 or email:  cbecraft@virginia  

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All-American Selections (AAS)

Check out what this fabulous organization does for the public!

In addition, a Power Point presentation has been provided to explain a bit more plus showing the 2021 winners.  The presentation is provided by The Community Arboretum at Virginia Western where they have display gardens for AAS.  Visit and see the winners in person.  The winners are updated every spring – summer.


2021 All America Selections presentation 2


Blue Ridge Wildflower Society 

Do you love native plants and flowers?  This is the organization for more information.  Their parent organization is the Virginia Native Plant Society. Both links are provided.

Blue Ridge Wildflower Society

Virginia Native Plant Society

Samantha A. Matson

Urban Forestry Supervisor (City of Roanoke)

Do you live in the City of Roanoke?  Do you have a tree problem or have questions about it?  Call this lady!  She can help find solutions to what is ailing your tree, tell you all about your tree, and even tell you how to prune if you need.  540-853-5219  or email her at 

Virginia Herpetological Society

Virginia Herpetological Society brings together people interested in advancing their knowledge of Virginia's reptiles and amphibians. The VHS encourages scientific study of Virginia herpetofauna and its conservation.   You can also view and search a bibliography of VA herpetology as well as a frog and toad guide.  There is even a snake ID section with images to go along with all the information you need.