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Green Spring Gardens, Historic Green Spring Programs

  • Green Spring Gardens
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  • Green Spring Gardens
  • Green Spring Gardens
  • Green Spring Gardens
  • Green Spring Gardens
  • Green Spring Gardens

[ 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,m 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 6, 3-4:30 p.m.
Afternoon Teas with a Difference

(Adults 21+) Celebrate National Afternoon Tea Week in Britain with a special “Royale Tea,” offering your choice of a glass of champagne at the beginning or sherry at the end. Discover playful twists on teatime traditions offered across the UK this week... and alternative afternoon teas served up year-round! Reservations required. $42/person.

Sunday, August 20, 1-3 p.m.
The People’s Princess

(Adults) Twenty years after her death the story of Diana, Princess of Wales still captivates the world. Look back at her intensely public and turbulent life and its impact on the British monarchy as we remember the many faces of Diana: fairy tale princess, style icon, humanitarian, and mother. Reservations required. $32/person for the program & tea or $12 for program only.


Sunday, October 15, 1 to 3 p.m.
Brush Up Your British Tea Program

Explore the spectrum of linguistic and cultural differences between Britain and America. Compare customs and manners in these two nations “divided by a common language,” and discover why so many words and expressions can mean something quite different on each side of the Atlantic! Reservation Required. $32/person (program + tea); $12 (program only)


Sunday, November 5, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
A Taste of History: Thanksgiving Tea

Food historian Joyce White explores the changing traditions of Thanksgiving, from the settlers’ “Harvest Home” of 1621 to the present day celebration. Hear about famous Americans who have influenced the holiday’s transformation and enjoy samples of Thanksgiving food spanning four centuries. Reservation Required. $42/person (program + tea); $18 (program only)

Sunday, November 19, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Christmas Cookies: History and Tea Tasting

Chef and culinary historian Nora Burgan tells the story of the Christmas cookie, a mainstay of the holiday table from medieval times to today. Enjoy a cookie-decorating demonstration and learn simple design tips to make your festive table pop! Tasting samples included. Gingerbread man, anyone? Reservation Required. $42/person (program + tea): $18 (program only)


Thursday, December 7, Saturday, December 9, Sunday, December 10
4:30 to 6 p.m.

Gift-giving at this time of year dates back to ancient times. Hear about the history of the Christmas present and why it’s so meaningful…even if it wasn’t on your wish list! Take home a special present from Green Spring: our gift of the season to you. Reservation Required. $45/person.

Thursdays, August 17, September 21, October 19 1-3 p.m.

(13-Adult) Tour the glorious springtime demonstration gardens with a Master Gardener docent who inspires you with stories of Green Spring past and present. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea. Reservations required. $32/person.

A traditional English tea

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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