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,m 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.
Saturday, February 11 1-3:30 pm
PUNCH: A CUP OF HISTORY
(Adults) Luke Pecoraro, Director of Archaeology at Mount Vernon, presents the history of punch, the popular drink of sailors, explorers and patriots for more than four centuries. Hear about its origins and traditional ingredients and taste one or two of George and Martha Washington's favorite punch recipes. Reservations required. $42 for the program and tea or $18 for the program only.
Tuesday, February 14 1-3 pm
VALENTINE'S DAY TEA
(Adults) Celebrate the day of love and flowers with an elegant afternoon tea. Explore the lore and legend of St. Valentine with our special quiz and earn a chance to take home a beautiful door prize. Favor bag included. Reservations required. $36/person.
Sunday, March 5 1-3 pm
THE INVENTION OF SHOPPING
(Adults) Explore the changing face of shopping through the ages, from market stalls and fairs to arcades and department stores. Learn about the innovations that helped us shop for necessities, shop for status, shop to socialize and shop as therapy as we discuss the fascinating history of counter culture. Reservations required. $32/person.
Sunday, March 19 1-3:30 pm
THE SHAPELY STORY OF THE CORSET
(Adults) Bone up on the fascinating history of the corset, an indispensable element of fashionable dress for more than 400 years. Antique clothing collector Caroline Hottenstein presents the controversies surrounding the much-maligned foundation garment and showcases its construction with corsets from her collection. Reservations required. $45 for the program and tea or $18 for the program only.
Sunday, April 9 1-3 pm
TO WIT: THE HISTORY OF HUMOR
(Adults) Take an amusing tour through the ages to explore the history of humor and laughter. From the knee-slappers of Ancient Rome to political satire past and present, discover the cultural significance of humor and what comedy tells us about life and attitudes of the past. Reservations required. $32/person.
Sunday, April 30 1-3 pm
A FEAST OF FLOWERS: LECTURE, TASTING AND TEA
(13-Adult) Edible flowers – fresh and cooked – add tasteful, healthful, and beautifully decorative dimensions to any dish, sweet or savory. Discover which flowers are edible and the surprising ways they can jazz up recipes. Sample a variety of blooms that run the gamut of the flavor spectrum! Reservations required. $36 for the lecture, tasting & afternoon tea or $18 for the lecture & tasting.
Sunday, May 14 1-3 pm
MOTHER’S DAY ROSE TEA
(13-Adult) Roses, like mothers, have been revered throughout history. Celebrate both as we reveal the fascinating story of the rose, its symbolism, and why we give roses to those we love. Sample delights of the culinary rose at the tea table and take home a fragrant favor bag. Reservations required. $45/person.
Sunday, June 11 1-3 pm
TEA AT THE ROYAL COURT
(13-Adult) Female vocal ensemble Seraphim offers melodic glimpses into the lives of the ladies of King Henry VIII’s court. Songs, dances and conversations shed entertaining light on life at the royal court, its central role in the musical culture of the day, and the king’s own songwriting talent. Reservations required. $45/person for the performance & afternoon tea or $18 for performance only.