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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.


Sunday, August 16

1-3:30pm $45/person for program and tea
$22/person for program only
(13-Adult) Food historian Joyce White explores the history of sugar cane in Western culture, from medieval to Victorian times. Hear about its early medicinal uses, its role in courtly dining rituals and the masterful sugar sculptures that became the focal point of the Tudor banquet. After the presentation, sample an assortment of historic sweets and confections. Reservations required.


Sunday, September 27 1-3 pm FOOD IN ART
(Adult) Artists have often featured food in their paintings. View a sumptuous selection of food-filled masterpieces and discover how they reveal fascinating details of their time and place in history by depicting the rituals, customs, and symbolism of food and dining. Reservations required. $32/person


Sunday, October 4 1-3 pm PRIVATE MATTERS
(Adult) Personal grooming was a public affair for centuries. Explore the history of washing and dressing, from medieval bathing habits to the 18th century ritual of the lady's toilette. Hear about the intimate and public elements of these necessary aspects of everyday life and how eventually privacy prevailed! Reservations required. $32/person


Sunday, November 15 1-3:30 pm DINING IN STYLE
(Adult) The Victorian dining table was set to impress. Victorian-era specialists Linda Lau and Terry Hooper exhibit their fabulous collection of 19th century dining accoutrements and explain how their uses, from practical to whimsical to downright bizarre, reflect the Victorians over-the-top dining culture. Reservations required. $45 for the program and tea or $15 for the program only.


December 10, 11, and 13 4:30-6 pm CANDLELIGHT TEA: A PLUM PUDDING CHRISTMAS
(13-Adult) Learn about the famous and often misunderstood Christmas pudding – also known as plum or figgy pudding – that generations of carolers have demanded. Enjoy a serving of this ancient and delicious tradition of the British Christmas table and take home a festive favor bag. Reservations required. $45/person

English tea NOT included. 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. Register online at fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring using the program code or call 703-642-5173. Out-of-county registrants add $2.

Saturday, October 17 4-6 pm
SCOTCH AND CHOCOLATE TASTING PARTY Click to Register with Parktakes Online

(Adults 21 yrs.+) Whiskey lovers with a sweet tooth gain delicious insight into the art of combining single malts with complementary chocolate, from creamy milk to intense dark. Indulge in a range of divine pairings and discover how scotch and chocolate work together to enhance each other's flavors. $45/person.

Saturday, November 21 4-6 pm
SCOTCH AND CHEESE TASTING PARTY Click to Register with Parktakes Online

(Adults 21 yrs.+) Few foods so perfectly complement Scotch whisky as cheese. Both have unique and wide-ranging flavor profiles so there's a cheesy counterpart for each distinctive pour. Sample delicious cheese and single-malt pairings, and learn how to savor the two separately and together. $60/person.


A traditional English tea

Thursdays, 1 - 3 p.m.
Aug. 13, Sept. 17 & Oct. 22

(Adult) Tour some of the glorious demonstration gardens with a Master Gardener docent who inspires you with stories of Green Spring past and present. Afterward, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea served in the 1784 historic house. Reservations required. $32/person

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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