GREEN SPRING GARDENS
Programs April - June 2021

Green Spring Gardens

GARDEN PROGRAMS

Saturday, March 20 
Basic Pruning Techniques for Shrubs 
10am-12pm. (Adults) Learn to prune like a pro with this walk and talk led by pruning instructor Peter Deahl. Discover which shrubs and evergreens need pruning in late winter and learn techniques for keeping your plants healthy and beautiful. Bring gloves and disinfected pruners. $23 per person.

Saturday, March 27 
Spring Tasks for a Great Garden 
10:30am-12:00pm. (Adults) Horticulturalist Brenda Skarphol shows you things you can do to prepare your garden for a beautiful spring. Learn what plants you can and should divide now, the most effective pruning techniques, and more to set up your garden for fresh spring growth. $18 per person. This program is also available virtually. 

Saturday, April 10 
Plants & Design: Japanese Garden Virtual Program 
11am-12pm. (Adults) Japanese garden design is an art thousands of years in the making. Stone, gravel, water, bridges, moon gates, paths and plants all hold significance. Whether you are looking to make your own Japanese style garden or simply want to learn to appreciate its elemental meanings, this virtual program with horticulturalist Bevan Shimizu teaches you the essentials for creating a Japanese-style garden. The virtual link will be sent up to an hour before the start of the program. $18 per person. 

Saturday, April 17 
Mastering Weeds in Your Garden 
10:30am-12:00pm. (Adults) Learn how to identify common weeds and invasive plants in your garden and natural areas on this walk with horticulturist Brenda Skarphol. Learn about weed life cycles and how weeds end up in your yard. Come away with some weed management techniques with a special emphasis on organic strategies. $18 per person.

Saturday, May 1 
Garden Tour: Green Spring Up and Down 
10-11:30am. (Adults) Extension Master Gardeners lead a special “Grand Tour” of Green Spring! View some upper demonstration gardens, then take the garden path less travelled to explore the naturalistic lower garden areas: the Virginia Native Plant Garden, woodland stream valley, and ponds. The tour involves a steep slope with loose gravel. $15 per person.

Saturday, May 1 
Plants & Design: Multiply Your Plants 
10:30am-12:00pm. (16-Adults) Multiply your plants through the simple, money-saving techniques of stem cuttings and plant division. Green Spring staff will walk you through this hands-on workshop where you will learn to propagate house and garden plants. Take a few starter plants home to grow for your garden. Your garden will flourish with your new skill. $22 per person.

Saturday, May 22 
Plants & Design: Hummingbird Garden 
1-2:30pm. (Adults) Attracting hummingbirds to your garden is fun and easy to do. Learn fascinating hummingbird facts and how to create a garden habitat for hummingbirds with Green Spring horticulturalist Susan Eggerton. Get a list of choice plants to get started on your hummingbird garden. $22 per person. This program is also available virtually

Saturday, May 22 
Virtual Program: Hummingbird Garden 
1-2:30pm. (Adults) Attracting hummingbirds to your garden is fun and easy to do. Learn fascinating hummingbird facts and how to create a garden habitat for hummingbirds with Green Spring horticulturalist Susan Eggerton. Get a list of choice plants to get started on your hummingbird garden. $10 per person. Registrants will receive a link to connect via Zoom prior to the program and will have an opportunity to ask questions live. This program is also available in person. 

Saturday, June 5 
Garden Tools and Perennial Maintenance 
10-11am. (16-Adults) Join horticulturalist Karen Rexrode outdoors for an educational walk through the gardens focused on perennial maintenance and useful gardening tools to get the job done. Learn what the garden professionals see and do to ensure a happy, healthy, and beautiful garden. $18 per person.

Saturday, June 5 
Plants & Design: Herbs—A Baker's Dozen  
1-2:30pm. (16-Adults) Green Spring staff teach you how to grow common culinary herbs and creative ways to use them in the kitchen. Learn about cultural requirements, harvesting, preservation, propagation methods, resources, and recipes. Herbs will be available in the plant shop to get you started. $22 per person. 

Saturday, June 5 
Edible Garden Tour 
10-11:30am. (Adults) Explore the bounty of Green Spring’s Edible Garden with an Extension Master Gardener docent who showcases many food plants—from vegetables to fruit trees— suitable for home landscapes. See how edibles can grow in containers and small spaces and discover their ornamental value in the garden. $15 per person. 

Saturday, June 12 
Attractive and Lasting Plant Combinations: Virtual Program
11am-12pm. (16-Adult) Explore how to play with color, form, and texture in a perennial/shrub border with Washington Gardener Magazine publisher, Kathy Jentz. This virtual, image-heavy talk includes the tried-and-true proven combinations as well as some daring new mixes to experiment with in your own home garden. Take notes and get inspired with the formulas for beautiful plant combinations. This Green Spring Gardens program is being offered virtually on Zoom. A link for the program will be sent out via email on the day of the program , up to an hour before the program start time. $18 per person.  

Event 

Saturday, March, 27 
Washington Gardener Magazine Seed Exchange 
12-2pm or 2pm-4pm. (Adults) The 15th annual Washington Gardener Seed Exchange will take place at Green Spring Gardens. Label and bring your extra seeds, houseplant cuttings and seedlings, and swap them with other gardeners. Attendees will receive planting tips, local gardening advice, and goody bags, as well as a chance to win door prizes. This program will be held indoors with social distancing and limited registration. $15 per person. Wear a mask. Temperature checks administered at the door.  

Garden Talks 

Friday, March 12 
Garden Talk: Designing an EcoSavvy Garden 
1:30-2:30pm. (Adults) Learn to work with nature's resources to develop a beautiful, low-maintenance urban garden. With a little bit of knowledge, careful planning, and some effort, see how native trees/shrubs provide structure and year-round interest, along with colorful annuals and perennials that add seasonal color splashes. Extension Master Gardeners show you how to create a healthy, sustainable, and eco-savvy garden. $12 per person.

Saturday, March 27 
Garden Talk: Growing Tomatoes From Seed to Sauce 
10-11am. (Adults) More than anything else in the garden, there is nothing like a freshly picked tomato! Growing your own gives you flexibility, picking whatever variety best suits your own taste. Extension Master Gardeners show you healthy ways to grow tomatoes, varieties available, and how to manage pests and diseases. $12 per person.

Saturday, April 3 
Garden Talk: Design Great Containers 
10-11am. (Adults) Whether its flower pots, hanging baskets or window boxes, container gardens are beautiful, easy and rewarding. Join Extension Master Gardeners to gain information and inspiration for creating a dazzling display. $12 per person.

Friday, April 23 
Garden Talk: Gardening for Bees 
1:30-2:30pm. (Adults) Bees are threatened by habitat loss, pesticides and climate change. Extension Master Gardeners show you how to nurture bees, particularly honey bees, in your garden by growing a variety of plants that support them. $12 per person.

Saturday, May 22 
Garden Talk: Make for the Shade 
10-11am. (Adults) Let Extension Master Gardeners show you the many wonderful plant possibilities for your shade garden. Learn how to add interest with color, pattern and texture to create that cool mid-summer retreat. $12 per person.

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Fine Arts 

Saturday, March 13  
Floral Design Workshop: Swing into Spring  
1-2:30pm. (Adults) Learn how to create a modern Hogarth curve floral design—a gentle curving design that leads your eye through the floral composition. Certified floral designer Betty Ann Galway will show you how to make these graceful shapes for your spring floral project. Tables will be separated for social distancing and masks are required. $39 per person (plus $30 supply fee). This workshop is also available as a virtual demo

Saturday, March 13  
Virtual Floral Design Demo: Swing into Spring  
1-2:30pm. (Adults) Learn how to create a modern Hogarth curve floral design—a gentle curving design that leads your eye through the floral composition. Certified floral designer Betty Ann Galway will show you how to make these graceful shapes for your spring floral project. $22 per person. Virtual participants will receive a link to connect via Zoom and a supply list prior to the program. This workshop is also available in person. 

Saturday, April 10 
Playing with Watercolor Techniques: Virtual Program
9:30am-3:30pm. (16-Adult) In this class you will paint a series of backgrounds while learning about various watercolor techniques. You will add a drawing to these backgrounds and continue painting as you learn more techniques. Artist Marni Maree will show you how to take a drawing of your own (or one that she will share with you) and transfer it on to the backgrounds using a grid to enlarge it. $102 per person. Virtual participants will receive a link to connect via Zoom and a supply list prior to the program.  

Saturday, April 24 
Watercolor Workshop: Trees & Leaves  
9:30am-3:30pm. (16-Adult) See the world of trees through a painter’s eyes with the help of artist and instructor Dawn Flores. Dawn will provide special instruction for creating beautiful and accurate leaves, bark and branches and give technical demonstrations on line, shape, value and color to help you improve your drawing and watercolor skills. Work through your new leaf and tree drawing/painting skills in class with instructor guidance. $94 per person. Supply list will emailed before class. Tables will be separated for social distancing and masks are required. Bring a lunch. 

Saturday, May 1 
Smartphone Nature Photography Workshop  
9:30am-12:30pm. (16-Adult) Learn techniques to improve your smartphone nature photography with the help of professional photographer Cindy Dyer. Get a better understanding of composition, color and lighting and how to use your camera settings. Then practice what you learned during an in-class garden photography shoot, critique and lesson on editing. $55 per person

Saturday, May 1
Floral Design Workshop: Birdnest Bouquet  

1-2:30pm. (16-Adult) Take your design skill to the next level with the creation of a floral design armature, a wonderful mechanic for supporting blossoms in a floral arrangement. Certified floral designer Betty Ann Galway takes you step by step in creating a stick armature "birdnest" to fill with spring flowers. $39 per person (plus $30 supply fee). Tables will be separated for social distancing and masks are required. This workshop is also available as a virtual demo. 

Saturday, May 1 
Virtual Floral Design Demo: Birdnest Bouquet  

1-2:30pm. (16-Adult) Take your design skill to the next level with the creation of a floral design armature, a wonderful mechanic for supporting blossoms in a floral arrangement. Certified floral designer Betty Ann Galway takes you step by step in creating a stick armature "birdnest" to fill with spring flowers. $22 per person. Virtual participants will receive a link to connect via Zoom and a supply list prior to the program. This workshop is also available in person. 

Saturday, June 12 
Floral Design Workshop: Late Spring Arrangement  
1-2:30pm. (16-Adult) Make a late-spring floral arrangement with the help of certified floral designer Betty Ann Galway. Betty Ann will teach you about the different flowers in the arrangement and how to incorporate them into a beautiful design. Tables will be separated for social distancing and masks are required. $39 per person (plus $30 supply fee). This workshop is also available as a virtual demo. 

Saturday, June 12 
Virtual Floral Design Demo: Late Spring Arrangement  
1-2:30pm. (16-Adult) Make a late-spring floral arrangement with the help of certified floral designer Betty Ann Galway. Betty Ann will teach you about the different flowers in the arrangement and how to incorporate them into a beautiful design. $22 per person. Virtual participants will receive a link to connect via Zoom and a supply list prior to the program. This workshop is also available in person. 

 

Fitness 

Mondays, starting April 5 
Virtual Yoga for Gardeners 
9:30-10:30am. (Adults) This class features a gentle introduction to the Vinyasa method which helps participants increase strength, flexibility and endurance necessary for gardening. Class held virtually via Zoom. $94 per person for 8 lessons. 

 

Historic Green Spring Virtual Tea Programs 

Tea Treats at Historic House TeasThis spring, Historic Green Spring invites you to enjoy five virtual afternoon tea programs at home. All registrants will be sent a link by e-mail to attend the lectures on Zoom. Make an occasion of it. Treat yourself to a delicious afternoon tea just like the ones served at the Historic House. Optional afternoon tea boxes prepared by our caterer will be available for pick up at Green Spring Gardens between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the day of the program. Tea boxes include savory finger sandwiches, pastries, scone with cream and jam, and tea bag. Just put the kettle on, relax, and enjoy. 

Sunday, March 28  
Wabi-Sabi: Embracing Imperfection 
2-3pm. (Adult) Discover your sense of wabi-sabi, the Japanese art of finding beauty in the naturally imperfect world. Explore this philosophy of “making do” that resonates in austere times, and its origins in the world of tea. Japanese tea sample and traditional sweets included in the optional tea box. Lecture only: $12/ Optional tea box: $24. 

Sunday, April 11 
Salute to the Seventies 
2-3pm (Adult) Enjoy 1970s nostalgia as we explore social highlights—and lowlights—of the decade in which Green Spring Gardens was born. Discover why the 70s were dubbed the “Me Decade” and re-live the glory days of pre-Internet amusements: rotary phones, bell-bottoms, disco and chia pets! Lecture only: $12/ Optional tea box: $24. 

Sunday, April 25 
Six Degrees  
2-3pm. (Adult) How many “handshakes” away from fame are we all? Explore the theory that everyone is six or fewer social contacts apart. Discover surprising human connections—present and historical—and learn how to find links to famous ancestors in your family tree. Lecture only: $12/ Optional tea box: $24. 

Sunday, May 9  
Mother’s Day Tea: Bringing Up Baby 
2-3pm. (Adult) Take an entertaining look at parenting throughout history as we explore child-rearing advice of times past. Hear surprising advice dispensed by early “experts” that both shock and amuse us today. Then celebrate motherhood at your tea table! Lecture only: $12/ Optional tea box: $24. 

Sunday, May 23 
Private Matters 
2-3pm. (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! Lecture only: $12/ Optional tea box: $24. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes (MA9.RQDK) or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173. 

Tasting Programs 

Saturday, April 3 
Tasting: Chocolate from Around the World 
10-11:30am. (Adult) Explore the wide world of chocolate. Hear about its history and sample a fine selection from different countries ranging from low to high cacao content and featuring some adventurous flavorings. Who makes the best? You be the judge. $25 per person. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes (CLX.11Y8) or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173. 

Saturday, June 5 
Tasting: Balsamic Vinegar 
10-11:30am. (Adult) Savor a selection of fine balsamic vinegars with varied accompaniments. Hear about the history of Italy’s famed elixir and how to distinguish genuine balsamico from the imitations. Learn about its provenance, its myriad uses, and how to assess its complex flavors. Delizioso! $32 per person.. 

By-Request Programs 

Private Garden Tours for Groups and Individuals 
Arrange a private tour of the demonstration gardens. Green Spring Extension Master Gardener docents lead garden tours year-round. These knowledgeable, highly trained guides interpret the gardens, the plant collections, the site’s mission, and its historic legacy. Home gardeners can learn about top landscape plant choices and plant combinations. General and themed garden tours are available. $10 per person for groups of 20 or more; $12 per person for 19 or fewer (minimum of 2) Groups of more than 10 people will be divided into smaller groups to allow for social distancing. For information or to schedule a garden tour call Historic Green Spring at (703) 941-7987. 

Visit with the Historian 
Step into the 1784 Historic House with Green Spring’s historian, who shares the fascinating origins of the site, the intriguing people who lived here, and how Green Spring Gardens evolved into the community treasure it is today. Your 45-minute private visit will include time to view informational videos and a historic photo exhibit. $20 for 1-2 adults, $10 for each additional person, up to 7. For information or to schedule a visit call Historic Green Spring at (703) 941-7987.  


Make an appointment for in-person shopping at our Gift Shop
Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173. 

Registrants will be sent a link by e-mail to join the Zoom lecture. Optional afternoon teas to go are provided in individual tea boxes available for pickup on the day of the program. Tea boxes include finger sandwiches, assorted cakes/pastries, scone, cream, jam, and tea bag. Programs are by reservation only. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173. 

Green Spring Gardens 
4603 Green Spring Road – Alexandria, Virginia 22312 
(Entrance just across from Pinecrest Golf Course behind the Pinecrest Shopping Center)
Phone: (703) 642-5173 – TTY: (703) 803-3354 
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/green-spring

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