Green Spring Gardens, Historic Green Spring Programs
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 3 Sunday
Drop Dead Gorgeous
Call for reservations. 1-3pm $28 (13 yrs. and older) Through the ages, many fashion and beauty trends have proved harmful, even fatal. From corsets to high heels, toxic lotions to deadly potions, we tell you about dangerous beauty and the high price of killer fashion from ancient times up to the present day.
February 9 Saturday
Tasting Party: All the Tea in China
10:30am-noon $25 (Adults) Tasting Parties at the Historic House: Enjoy a presentation, then sample different types of a specific food or drink with accompaniments. Learn how to taste with all your senses and expand your culinary knowledge. Celebrate Chinese New Year with tea. Hear about the ancient culture that surrounds tea in its country of origin. Taste all types of Chinese tea - black, oolong, green, white, pu-erh, and souchong and pair them with traditional foods that we’ll serve in honor of the Year of the Snake.
February 14 Thursday
Valentine’s Day Tea: The Passionate Pen
Call for reservations. 1-3pm $28 (13 yrs. and older) Enjoy a selection of love letters from the past. Heartfelt missives penned by novelists, kings, queens, and world leaders are witty, bittersweet and often intriguing. Love notes written by Civil War soldiers are moving and passionate!
February 17 Sunday
What the Butler Saw
Call for reservations. 1-3pm. $28 (13 yrs. and older) Back by popular request, this program takes you behind closed doors to see the risqué side of Victorian life depicted in prints, postcards, photographs and magazines. Those “prudish” Victorians wore tight corsets, but they weren’t always straight laced!
March 24 Sunday
Jane Austen’s English Country Garden
Call park for reservations. 1-3pm. $28 (13 yrs. and older) Jane Austen set her novels in the natural beauty of the English countryside when England was becoming a nation of gardeners. We’ll explore the Regency-era gardens and landscapes depicted in Austen’s novels and tell you about Jane’s own passion for gardening.
April 28 Sunday
Flowers in Fashion
Call park for reservations. 1-3pm. $28 (13 yrs. and older) Flowers are seductive, drawing bees, birds, and fashion designers! Hear thehistory of personal adornment with flowers and interconnections between botany, garden aesthetics and clothing design. View fabulous floral motifs in fashion to see how their shapes and meanings have inspired designers through the ages.
May 12 Sunday
Mother’s Day Tea
Call park for reservations. 1-3pm. $28 adult/ $18 child under 12 (8 yrs. and older) Raise your teacups to mothers and nurturers everywhere! We’ll tell you about some of the remarkable mothers who raised children in the Historic House from the 1780s to the 1960s. They lived in the same house but their stories – reflecting many eras - were very different.
June 9 Sunday
All the Fair Ladies: Civil War Fundraisers
Call park for reservations. 1-3pm. $28 (13 yrs. and older) Women in the North and South leapt into the war effort by raising funds through charity fairs: lucrative extravaganzas that included exhibitions, theatricals, fortune-telling, and sales of everything from curiosities to quilts. Hear about these spectacular, morale-boosting events and how fundraising empowered the women who organized them.