Green Spring Gardens

CONTACT INFORMATION: Gate locked at 5 p.m.
703-642-5173 TTY 711
4603 Green Spring Road
Alexandria, Virginia
Judy Zatsick
Manager

Historic Programs and Teas

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Historic Green Spring programs are followed by a traditional English afternoon tea, unless otherwise noted. Attendance at in-person tea service in the Historic House is currently limited to allow for social distancing. Individual tea boxes to go are available. Full tea includes finger sandwiches, pastries and scone.

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

Painting With Thread

04/28/2024 1:00 pm to 04/28/2024 3:30 pm

(Adult) Needlework artist Caroline Hottenstein presents the story of the art of embroidery and its contributions to dress and furnishings. Learn the history of this centuries-old skill with thread and cloth and discover popular themes and motifs, going back to antiquity. View an exhibit of 19th and 20th century embroidered clothing items and…

Spring Garden Tour & Tea

05/09/2024 1:00 pm to 05/09/2024 3:00 pm

(Adult) Take a tour of the beautiful demonstration gardens with an Extension Master Gardener docent. Find inspiration in our horticulturists’ plant choices and garden bed designs. Hear about our 18th century origins and our mission today, then step inside for afternoon tea. Garden tours run rain or shine.

Cost: $40 (tour and tea)

Mother’s Day Tea

05/12/2024 1:00 pm to 05/12/2024 3:30 pm

(14 – Adult) Hats off to mom! Celebrate the day by crafting your own British-inspired fascinator headpiece! Green Spring staffers Teegan Burkholder and Karen Heyda Jackson discuss the evolution of this fun, fashionable accessory and its current uses and help you create your own fascinator to wear to afternoon tea.

Cost: $58 (lecture and…

Spring Garden Tour & Tea

05/23/2024 1:00 pm to 05/23/2024 3:00 pm

(Adult) Take a tour of the beautiful demonstration gardens with an Extension Master Gardener docent. Find inspiration in our horticulturists’ plant choices and garden bed designs. Hear about our 18th century origins and our mission today, then step inside for afternoon tea. Garden tours run rain or shine.

Cost: $40 (tour and tea)

Writing on the Wall

05/26/2024 1:00 pm to 05/26/2024 3:00 pm

(Adult) Urban art or vandalism? Graffiti preserves history and culture in the self-expression of everyday people. Explore examples of this art of the commoner from times past, from the moving and poetic to the hilarious and beyond bawdy! Consider its value to historians and whether it’s worthy of preservation.

Cost: $18 (lecture only);…

Feel the Burn

06/09/2024 1:00 pm

(Adult) It all began with “survival of the fittest.” Explore changing attitudes towards physical fitness throughout history and discover fitness fads and fashions from the past. From the beneficial to the bizarre, changing workout trends have hooked generations of exercisers seeking the body beautiful.

A traditional British afternoon tea served in the Historic…

Summer Garden Tour & Tea

06/13/2024 1:00 pm

(Adult) Take a tour of the vibrant summer demonstration gardens with an Extension Master Gardener docent. Find inspiration in our horticulturists’ plant choices and garden bed designs. Hear about our 18th century origins and our mission today, then step inside for afternoon tea. Garden tours run rain or shine.

A traditional British afternoon tea served in the…

Liberty Tea Party Quiz

06/29/2024 1:00 pm

The Fourth of July brings out fireworks, apple pie and patriotism. Toast the country’s independence at the tea table and test your knowledge with our quiz which reveals little-known details behind our nation’s early history, notable figures, symbols and events.

A traditional British afternoon tea served in the Historic House follows each tea program. Full tea…

US vs. UK: Who Does Tea Better?

07/14/2024 1:00 pm

(Adult) Teatime preferences and etiquette are quite different in these two nations divided by a common beverage. Discover tea’s riveting history on both sides of the “pond” and differences between the two tea cultures that may surprise you. Consider the provocative question of who does it better.

A traditional British afternoon tea served in the Historic House…

Summer Garden Tour & Tea

07/18/2024 1:00 pm

(Adult) Take a tour of the vibrant summer demonstration gardens with an Extension Master Gardener docent. Find inspiration in our horticulturists’ plant choices and garden bed designs. Hear about our 18th century origins and our mission today, then step inside for afternoon tea. Garden tours run rain or shine.

A traditional British afternoon tea served in the…

Stolen History

07/28/2024 1:00 pm

(Adult) Throughout history, artifacts have been plundered from their countries of origin. Hear about cultural treasures stolen by souvenir-takers, relic smugglers and antiquities traffickers, past and present. Consider the significance of looted artifacts, whether they have been preserved or purloined and the arguments for giving them back.

A traditional…

A Handy History

08/11/2024 1:00 pm

(Adult) Lefthander’s Day is on Aug. 13. Discover what we know about our “handedness” and explore lefthanded myths and surprising facts. Hear about historical persecution of lefties and supposed “sinister” associations. Celebrate famous lefties who succeeded in a right-handed world.

A traditional British afternoon tea served in the Historic House follows each…

Summer Garden Tour & Tea

08/15/2024 1:00 pm

(Adult) Take a tour of the vibrant summer demonstration gardens with an Extension Master Gardener docent. Find inspiration in our horticulturists’ plant choices and garden bed designs. Hear about our 18th century origins and our mission today, then step inside for afternoon tea. Garden tours run rain or shine.

A traditional British afternoon tea served in the…

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Private Teas and Tasting Programs at the Historic House

Private groups can reserve a history-themed slideshow lecture or a docent-led tour of the gardens, followed by afternoon tea. Private tasting programs are also available. For information, call 703-941-7987.


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