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Green Spring Gardens, Historic Green Spring Programs


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[ 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.

April

Sunday, April 26
JANE AUSTEN: STRICTLY BALLROOM

1-3pm $32/person
(13-Adult) In Jane Austen's fiction, a ball was the ultimate venue for courtship. Under cover of music and the footwork of a dance, young people talked and touched in flirtatious ways not permitted elsewhere. Hear about the protocol, passion and "felicities of rapid motion" that characterized the Austen-era ball. Reservations required.

May

Sunday, May 10
MOTHER’S DAY GARDEN TOUR AND TEA

1-3pm $42/person
(13-Adult) Enjoy a delightful docent-led tour of the gardens. Then raise your teacups in honor of mothers and nurturers everywhere at a traditional English afternoon tea in the Historic House. Take home a special gift box of teatime favors. Reservations required.

Sunday, May 31
THE BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS

1-3pm $32/person
(13-Adult) The original party animals, the "Bright Young Things" of the 1920s, were flamboyant, decadent, outrageous and glamorous. Hear about the members of this privileged social set, their wild behavior, the dark side of their lifestyle and their dubious legacy: the modern cult of celebrity. Reservations required.

June

Sunday, June 7
FASHION AND INVENTION

1-3:30pm $38/person for program and tea
$15/person for program only
(13-Adult) Artist and collector Caroline Hottenstein presents a fascinating timeline of tools, inventions and innovations that have influenced changes in fashion and fibers over the centuries. View select pieces from Caroline’s antique clothing collection that showcase the historical connection between fashion and technology. Reservations required.

Sunday, June 28
UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS: Do You Believe in Downton?

1-3:30pm $32/person for program and tea
(13-Adult) Explore the grim realities of life for domestic servants and the true nature of their relationships with their employers 100 years ago. Discover whether Downton Abbey’s depiction provides true historical insight or rose-tinted historical fiction. Reservations required.

Sunday, July 26
DUELING FLORAL DESIGNERS

1-3:30pm $45/person for program and tea
$22/person for program only
(13-Adult) Two designers simultaneously create original floral arrangements using identical materials. You can see them, but they cannot see each other. Discover how different creative styles, techniques and approaches to design and materials are revealed in this highly entertaining demonstration. Reservations required.

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.

 

A traditional English tea

GARDEN TOUR AND TEA
Thursdays, 1 - 3 p.m.
May 21, June 18, July 16, August 13, September 17
$32/person

(13 yrs. and older) Tour some of the glorious demonstration gardens with a master gardener docent who will inspire you with stories of Green Spring Gardens' past and present. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea served in our 1784 historic house. 703-941-7987 for reservations.

Private Events for All Occasions

 Private groups can reserve a customized presentation or docent-led tour of the gardens, followed by a full afternoon tea or light refreshments at the house. Private tasting parties are also available. Call us for information. 703-941-7987.

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