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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.

February

Saturday, February 28
CHEESE AND TEA TASTING PARTY
Click to Register with Parktakes Online
10am-noon $27/person
Together, teas and cheeses offer well-balanced tastes, textures and aromas. Learn about teas and their cheese-mates as we explore the taste science behind the unlikely pair. Sample a range of cheeses and discover how the melting warmth of a complementary tea type creates an unexpected taste sensation.

March

Sunday, March 1
APPETITE FOR ART

1-3pm $32/person
(13-Adult) Food has been a central theme in art for centuries. Experience these two great pleasures together in a sumptuous selection of food-filled masterpieces which express cultural and social values by depicting the rituals, customs and symbolism of food and dining through the ages. Bon appetit! Reservations required.

Saturday, March 14
HISTORY SYMPOSIUM - Food in America
Click to Register with Parktakes Online
9am-3pm $75/person
(Adults 18+) American cuisine,like the nation itself,is a melting pot. Explore historical influences on the American dinner table through lectures, exhibits and living history. Distinguished guest speakers discuss the influence of African food traditions, European culinary techniques, food technology innovations and more on America's palate. View classic American cooking films and enjoy a special guest appearance by legendary celebrity chef Julia Child. Lunch included. Call site for vegetarian request

Sunday, March 22
FASHION SHOW: KYOTO COSTUME INSTITUTE

1-3pm $32/person
(13-Adult) Travel to Japan with our slideshow showcasing the fabulous collection of one of the world’s leading repositories of Western haute couture, the Kyoto Costume Institute (KCI). Learn about KCI’s mission to research three centuries of Western fashion and accessories and provide cultural exchange through international exhibits. Reservations required.

April

Sundays, April 12 & 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.

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.

 

A traditional English tea

Garden Tour and Tea
Thursdays: April 23, May 21 and June 18
1 - 3 p.m./$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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