Green Spring Gardens, Historic Green Spring Programs
[ 4603 Green Spring Road ] [ Alexandria, VA 22312 ] [ 703-642-5173 ]
Historic Green Spring Programs
Historic Green Spring programs are by reservation only (703-941-7987, TTY 703-324-3988.) A traditional English tea follows each program, except where noted. Schedule a private tea program for your next bridal shower, birthday or other special occasion. Private tasting parties are also available. Call for details.
Sunday, August 16
A HISTORY OF SUGAR AND DESSERT
1-3:30pm $45/person for program and tea
$22/person for program only
(13-Adult) Food historian Joyce White explores the history of sugar cane in Western culture, from medieval to Victorian times. Hear about its early medicinal uses, its role in courtly dining rituals and the masterful sugar sculptures that became the focal point of the Tudor banquet. After the presentation, sample an assortment of historic sweets and confections. Reservations required.
Sunday, September 27 1-3 pm FOOD IN
(Adult) Artists have often featured food in their paintings. View a sumptuous selection of food-filled masterpieces and discover how they reveal fascinating details of their time and place in history by depicting the rituals, customs, and symbolism of food and dining. Reservations required. $32/person
Sunday, October 4 1-3 pm PRIVATE
(Adult) Personal grooming was a public affair for centuries. Explore the history of washing and dressing, from medieval bathing habits to the 18th century ritual of the lady's toilette. Hear about the intimate and public elements of these necessary aspects of everyday life and how eventually privacy prevailed! Reservations required. $32/person
Sunday, November 15 1-3:30 pm DINING IN
(Adult) The Victorian dining table was set to impress. Victorian-era specialists Linda Lau and Terry Hooper exhibit their fabulous collection of 19th century dining accoutrements and explain how their uses, from practical to whimsical to downright bizarre, reflect the Victorians over-the-top dining culture. Reservations required. $45 for the program and tea or $15 for the program only.
December 10, 11, and 13 4:30-6 pm
CANDLELIGHT TEA: A PLUM PUDDING CHRISTMAS
(13-Adult) Learn about the famous and often misunderstood Christmas pudding – also known as plum or figgy pudding – that generations of carolers have demanded. Enjoy a serving of this ancient and delicious tradition of the British Christmas table and take home a festive favor bag. Reservations required. $45/person