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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.


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.

Saturday, October 18
Taking Care of Heirloom Textiles
10am-noon $22/person
(13-Adult) Artist and collector Caroline Hottenstein explains home conservation methods to care for vintage and antique textile treasures, from precious family heirlooms to flea market finds. Learn how to clean, store and display a range of fibers. View a selection of fine Victorian clothing, linens and lace. Meet at the Historic House. Refreshments served.   Register Online


Saturday, November 8
Scotch Tasting Party
4-6pm $38/person
(Adults 21+) Aye, the nights are fair drawing in. Step in out of the cold to enjoy a sampling of fine Scottish single malts. Budding connoisseurs learn about the ancient history of Scotch whisky and the fine art of making and tasting it. Enjoy traditional music and delectable Scottish accompaniments as you assess the unique characteristics of the “water of life” of the Highlands.   Register Online

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.


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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