Green Spring Gardens

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Visitor Center open Mon - Sat. 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sunday noon - 4:30 p.m.; Gate locked at 5 p.m.

4603 Green Spring Road
Alexandria, Virginia

Nicole Conners,
Manager

Green Spring Gardens, Historic Programs

Historic Green Spring programs are followed by a traditional English afternoon tea at the park's 1784 Historic House unless otherwise noted. Full tea includes finger sandwiches, pastries, and scone, cream, and jam.

Historic Green Spring programs are by reservation only (703-941-7987, TTY 703-324-3988).

Tea and Tattle

08/18/2019 1:00 pm


Reservations required. $36 (program + tea); $15 (program only)

(Adult) Rumor, hearsay, scuttlebutt, scandal. Gossip is widely condemned yet sometimes considered a positive force in society. Hear all about the origins and changing definitions of gossip, how people have “dished” hilariously through the ages, and why gossiping was once considered synonymous…

Fall Garden Tour & Tea

09/19/2019 1:00 pm


(Adult) Tour the lush demonstration gardens with a master gardener docent who will inspire you with stories of Green Spring past and present and highlight the standout plants of fall.

Upholstery Uncovered

09/29/2019 1:00 pm


$42 (program + tea); $18 (program only)

(Adult) Professional upholsterer David Rickard takes the mystery out of upholstery and reveals what lies beneath. Hear about historical and current techniques, tools, and fabrics, and gain understanding of the craft. Discover the hidden anatomy of your soft furnishings with exhibits of “in process” upholstery…

Mary Pickford: America’s Sweetheart

10/13/2019 1:00 pm


$45 (program + tea); $18 (program only)

(Adult) First person interpreter Elaine Flynn performs as Mary Pickford, icon of the silent screen era. Discover why this early cinematic celebrity became “America’s Sweetheart” as Pickford provides an entertaining look at an enthralling life and career that included three husbands, 200 films, and an Academy Award.

Fall Garden Tour & Tea

10/17/2019 1:00 pm


(Adult) Tour the lush demonstration gardens with a master gardener docent who will inspire you with stories of Green Spring past and present and highlight the standout plants of fall.

Witchy Women

10/27/2019 1:00 pm


$36 (program + tea); $15 (program only)

(Adult) Why were women the main targets of witch hunts? Hear about ancient superstitions and misogynistic beliefs that aroused fear of women as natural evil-doers and led to their historic persecution as witches. Discover that witchcraft is a decidedly feminist issue!

Diagnosing the Past

11/10/2019 1:00 pm


$36 (program + tea); $15 (program only)

(Adult) Was Jane Austen poisoned? What caused the madness of King George? Hear about retrospective diagnoses of historical figures using modern medical and scientific knowledge, the interesting possibilities they have raised, and the potential pitfalls of attempting to diagnose “historical patients.”

The Story of Pie

11/24/2019 1:00 pm


$36 (program + tea); $15 (program only)

(12-Adult) Pie is an American tradition and the history of pie is rich in flavor. Pies of all kinds have been around for thousands of years and adapted to every culture. See and hear the entertaining story of pie throughout history and enjoy some pie at afternoon tea!

Christmas Candlelight Tea

12/12/2019 4:00 pm


(12-Adult) How well do you know Christmas? Test your knowledge of this most wonderful time of the year as we reveal little-known facts surrounding well-known holiday traditions. Enjoy a deliciously festive afternoon tea by candlelight. Door prizes and favor included.

Christmas Candlelight Tea

12/14/2019 4:00 pm


(12-Adult) How well do you know Christmas? Test your knowledge of this most wonderful time of the year as we reveal little-known facts surrounding well-known holiday traditions. Enjoy a deliciously festive afternoon tea by candlelight. Door prizes and favor included.

Christmas Candlelight Tea

12/15/2019 4:00 pm


(12-Adult) How well do you know Christmas? Test your knowledge of this most wonderful time of the year as we reveal little-known facts surrounding well-known holiday traditions. Enjoy a deliciously festive afternoon tea by candlelight. Door prizes and favor included.

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 Historic House. Private tasting parties also are available. For information, call 703-941-7987.