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Green Spring Gardens, Historic Green Spring Programs


Green Spring Gardens
[ 4603 Green Spring Road ] [ Alexandria, Virginia 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.

July

Sunday, July 27
Downton Abbey: The Fabulous Flapper

Reservations required. 1-3pm. $29
(13 yrs. – Adult) In the 1920s, a new kind of woman was born. She voted, drank, smoked and danced the Charleston. She wore short hair and short skirts. How shocking! We’ll explore the Flapper Girl and her unique image and attitude and discuss her portrayal through the characters of the popular TV series Downton Abbey in its fourth season.

August

Sunday, August 3
Downton Abbey: The Fabulous Flapper

Reservations required. 1-3pm. $29
(13 yrs. – Adult) In the 1920s, a new kind of woman was born. She voted, drank, smoked and danced the Charleston. She wore short hair and short skirts. How shocking! We’ll explore the Flapper Girl and her unique image and attitude and discuss her portrayal through the characters of the popular TV series Downton Abbey in its fourth season.

Sunday, August 17
Dress Up Your Walls

Reservations required. 1-3pm. $29
(13yrs. – Adult) A blank wall is like a canvas. We’ll demonstrate effective techniques to display, group, and hang artwork in your home. Hear the story of a painting that moved from the Historic House to the White House, where it hangs today.

September

Sunday, September 21
The Social Ladder

Reservations required. 1-3 p.m. $29
(13 yrs. – Adult) Throughout history, systems were devised to identify society’s most elite members. From Victorian England’s “Upper Ten Thousand” to Mrs. Astor’s Gilded Age “Four Hundred,” learn how everybody knew their place on the social ladder in the Old World and the New. After the program, enjoy a traditional English tea.

October

Sundays, October 5 & 19
Food and Jane Austen

Reservations required. 1-3 p.m. $29
(13 yrs. – Adult) Explore the Regency Era’s culinary and dining conventions through Jane Austen’s novels and letters. Hear about dress codes, elaborate table settings and strict mealtime etiquette and discover the delicacies fit for dinner with Mr. Darcy! After the program, enjoy a traditional English tea. Reservations required.

November

Sunday, November 16
I Like Coffee, I Like Tea

Reservations required. 1-3 p.m. $29
(13 yrs. – Adult) Are you a “tea person” or a “coffee person?” They are the most popular beverages in the world, and both have legendary pasts. Learn about the history, provenance, health benefits, and more of these flavorful, and competing, brews as we compare and contrast them. You may change sides in the battle of the cups. After the program, enjoy a traditional English tea.

December

Sunday, December 14
The White House of Christmas Past

Reservations required. 1-3 p.m. $29
(13 yrs. – Adult) Hear little-known anecdotes of presidential Christmas celebrations, spanning more than 200 years. Enjoy fascinating, funny, and poignant stories that include the first White House Christmas party of 1800, a West Wing Christmas Eve fire in 1929, and the Kennedy White House Christmas card that was never sent. After the program, enjoy a traditional English tea.

A traditional English tea

Garden Stroll and Tea
Thursdays: August 14, September 18, & October 16


(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 past and present. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea served in our 1784 historic house. 703-941-7987 for reservations. $29

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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