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).

Heart on Your Sleeve

08/19/2018 1:00 pm


(Adults) Sleeves have been designed in myriad styles over the centuries and defined the fashionable silhouettes of their day. Artist and collector Caroline Hottenstein presents the history and different forms of this vital element of fashion and displays beautiful examples from her antique clothing collection at Green Spring Gardens. The program is followed by a…

Garden Tour & Tea

09/13/2018 1:00 pm


(Adult) Tour the glorious fall demonstration gardens with a master gardener docent who will inspire you with stories of Green Spring past and present and highlight standout plants of the season. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea.

Murder Mystery Tea

09/16/2018 1:00 pm


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

(Adult) Local author D.M. Quincy discusses the historical mystery novel and her experiences as a writer of the genre. Hear about her lively and suspenseful novels set in Regency London and the challenges of creating an authentic historical backdrop. Afterwards, enjoy some crime-solving at the tea table. Clues will be…

Special Fall Garden Tour and Tea

10/06/2018 1:00 pm


$12 (tour only); $32 (tour and tea)

(Adult) Take the garden path less traveled and explore the beauty of fall on a docent-led tour of Green Spring’s woodland stream valley and ponds. Stroll through this lush, naturalistic area and discover its varied plantings, streambank, magnolia bog, and wildlife. Hear the story of our c. 1830 Spring House and the…

A Chat with Dorothy Parker

10/14/2018 1:00 pm


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

(Adult) First person interpreter Elaine Flynn performs as the incomparable Dorothy Parker, celebrated wit, critic, writer and social satirist during the 1920s. With trademark humor she takes merciless aim at the social foibles of the day, revealing why she was considered a legend in her own time.

Garden Tour & Tea

10/18/2018 1:00 pm


(Adult) Tour the glorious fall demonstration gardens with a master gardener docent who will inspire you with stories of Green Spring past and present and highlight standout plants of the season. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea.

What a Coincidence!

11/11/2018 1:00 pm


$32 (program + tea)/ $12 (program only)

(Adult) What are the odds? Some coincidences seemingly changed the course of history, yet historians debate the value of happenstance in interpreting the past. Hear theories on why coincidences happen and what they mean, and discover some of the most remarkable known coincidences and chance events in human…

Holiday Windows

11/18/2018 1:00 pm


$32 (program + tea)/ $12 (program only)

(Adult) Black Friday marks the start of holiday shopping season when retailers offer their most extravagant window displays. Hear about the history of holiday window dressing and view magical holiday windows past and present as we unveil the festive season through the shopping glass!

Christmas Candlelight Tea

12/06/2018 4:00 pm


(13+) Over the centuries many poets have written about the season of giving. Hear a selection of beautiful Christmas poems – traditional and contemporary - that will inspire and entertain you as you relax over a special holiday tea by candlelight. Favor bag and door prizes included.

Christmas Candlelight Tea

12/08/2018 4:00 pm


(13+) Over the centuries many poets have written about the season of giving. Hear a selection of beautiful Christmas poems – traditional and contemporary - that will inspire and entertain you as you relax over a special holiday tea by candlelight. Favor bag and door prizes included.

Christmas Candlelight Tea

12/09/2018 4:00 pm


(13+) Over the centuries many poets have written about the season of giving. Hear a selection of beautiful Christmas poems – traditional and contemporary - that will inspire and entertain you as you relax over a special holiday tea by candlelight. Favor bag and door prizes 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.