GREEN SPRING GARDENS
Spring Programs 2022


EVENTS

Saturday, March 19—Plant Swap/Adoption Event:  10 a.m.-12 p.m. (16-Adult) Green Spring Gardens is hosting a plant swap/adoption event. Bring your unwanted houseplants, cuttings and containers to swap with others or put up for adoption. A lecture, a gardening Help Desk, educational displays, and glasshouse tours are included. Leave with new plants, containers, new garden friends and expert advice. $15 per person. 

Saturday, April 16  - Garden Gate Plant Shop Opening:  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (All ages) Celebrate spring with the Garden Gate Plant Shop opening! Choose from the latest selection of shrubs, native plants, wildflowers, ornamental grasses, and unusual
perennials and annuals. Friends of Green Spring (FROGS) receive 10% off in the plant shop. For more information, call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

Saturday, May 14—Spring Garden Day—The Big Plant Sale:  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (All ages) Local garden vendors descend on Green Spring Gardens with beautiful and unusual plants to fill your spring gardening needs. Growers and Extension Master Gardeners will be on hand to help with plant selection and offer gardening advice. Proceeds help to support the gardens. For more information, call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

 

FAMILY / ALL AGES

Saturdays, March 5, April 2 and May 7—Nature Scavenger Hunt:  11 a.m.-12 p.m. (4-Adult) Join us on the first Saturday of each month to learn about different aspects of nature and go on the hunt for themed objects around the park. All attendees, including parents, must register to control group size. $7 per person. 

Saturday, March 5—Family Fun - Canopy Meg:  1-2 p.m. (5-Adult) Celebrate International Women's Day by exploring the pioneering work of Canopy Meg (naturalist Margaret Lowman) discovering the secrets in the tree canopies around the world. Plant your own tree to take home. All attendees, including parents, must be registered for the program. $10 per person. 

Saturdays, March 5, April 2 and May 7—Choose Your Nature Walk :  2-3 p.m. (All Ages) Book a walk with one of our Youth & Family teachers and choose from a variety of topics for a themed tour of the park. Each tour will include a hands-on element and can be customized to include the science topics your students are learning in school. Choose one of the following topics: Pond Fauna & Flora, Native VA Plants & Trees, Watersheds & Geology of Green Spring, VA Ecosystems Walk, History of Green Spring as a Farm or General Garden Tour. $50 per group of up to 9 people including at least one adult. Use code X1D to sign up for one of our scheduled walks, or schedule one on demand. Contact Elizabeth Waugh at elizabeth.waugh@fairfaxcounty.gov, or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173. 

Mondays, March 7, April 11 and May 2  - Garden Sprouts Spring - Nature Playgroup:  10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. (3-5 yrs.) Your preschooler enjoys nature-themed toys and puzzles while you meet other playgroup parents one Monday a month. Through games, songs, activities and a garden walk we explore seasonal topics. Program will take place outdoors, weather permitting. $10 per person. 

Mondays, March 7, April 11 and May 9 and Thursdays, March 24, April 28 and May 26:  Storytelling in the Garden"  9 a.m. on Mondays, 4 p.m. on Thursdays. (2-Adult) Join us every other week at Green Spring Gardens for a story. Families can bring a picnic blanket or just sit in the grass and listen to our storytellers read a story with a different theme. Afterwards, take some time to explore our gardens, ponds and Historic House. All attendees, including parents, must be registered for this program. $5 per person. 

Saturday, March 12—Family Fun - Watershed Warriors:  10-11 a.m. (7-Adult) Join the fight to protect our watersheds. Learn about the human impact on our environment, test water and observe macro invertebrates, and discover how dolphins are connected to our everyday actions. All attendees, including parents, must be registered for the program. $8 per person. 

Thursday, March 17—Family Fun - Thomas Jefferson’s Peas:  4-5 p.m. (5-Adult) Celebrate peas for St. Patrick's Day and hear about Thomas Jefferson's annual pea contest! Plant a variety of peas to take home and grow. All attendees, including parents, must be registered for the program. $10 per person. 

Saturday, March 2— - Family Fun - The Scoop on Miso Soup:  10-11 a.m. (5-Adult) Learn about the rich history and significance of miso soup in Japanese and Chinese cultures. Plant a mini garden of miso soup ingredients to take home. All attendees, including parents, must be registered for the program. $10 per person. 

Saturday, March 26—Garden Artists - Incredible Indigo:  1-2 p.m. (5-Adult) Learn about the ancient and multicultural use of the iconic and natural indigo dye. Design your own indigo textile. All attendees, including parents, must be registered for the program. $12 per person. 

Sundays, March 27, April 24 and May 22—Storywalk:  1-2 p.m. (2-Adult) Do you love books, gardens and nature walks? Combine all three as we move through the pages of a story and the beautiful gardens of Green Spring, connecting literature to the physical world. All attendees, including parents, must register to control group size. $8 per person. 

Saturday, April 2—Family Fun - Citizen Scientist:  1-2 p.m. (7-Adult) Contribute to the conservation world as a citizen scientist! Conduct experiments and record observations that are used by scientists in their research. All attendees, including parents, must be registered for the program. $8 per person. 

Saturday, April 16—Family Fun - Plant Passport:  10-11 a.m. (5-Adult) Receive stamps in your plant passport as you discover plant species from around the world. Plant popular seeds from different countries and take home your own mini international garden. All attendees, including parents, must be registered for the program. $10 per person. 

Saturday, April 23 - Family Fun - Earth Day Celebration:  10-11 a.m. (5-Adult) Celebrate Earth and say thanks with face painting, poetry, pictures and puppets! Make a special Earth Day craft and help us decorate a tree. $10 per person. 

Saturday, April 23—Garden Artists - Flower Watercolors:  1-2 p.m. (5-Adult) Science, color theory and flowers mix in this watercolors class. Make your own natural watercolors from flowers and leaves, and experiment to create your perfect hues and shades. All attendees, including parents, must be registered for the program. $10 per person. 

Saturday, May 7—Family Fun - Mother Earth:  1-2 p.m. (4-Adult) Come and listen to myths and legends celebrating Mother Earth. Learn about mothers in nature and create a special Mother's Day craft. All attendees, including parents, must be registered for the program $10 per person.

Saturday, May 21—Family Fun - The Buzz on Bees:  10-11 a.m. (7-Adult) Visit the gardens and join our beekeeper for a morning of learning about honey bees and native bees. Learn about where they live and their important job as pollinators. The program will include an activity and a walk around the garden. All attendees, including parents, must be registered for the program. $10 per person. 

Saturday, May 28—Family Fun - Plant Now, Harvest Later:  10-11 a.m. (4-Adult) Explore our Edible Garden and learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin. Plant your own seed to come back and harvest in the fall! All attendees, including parents, must be registered for the program. $10 per person.  .

Saturday, May 28—Garden Artists - Nature Photography:  1-2 p.m. (5-Adult) Green Spring Gardens has long been a hub for nature photography. Learn how to take spectacular photos of flora and fauna through angles, lighting and stakeouts. Bring your own camera or use one we will provide for the program. All attendees, including parents, must be registered for the program. $8 per person. 

Adult Programs 

Saturday, March 5- Special Garden Tour - Witch Hazels:  10-11:30 a.m. (16-Adult) Celebrate Green Spring’s signature shrub! An Extension Master Gardener docent-led tour showcases our nationally accredited witch hazel collection, featuring over 200 specimens with blooms that glow red, yellow, purple and copper from fall through March. $15 per person. 

Saturday, March 5  - Getting the Most Out of Small-Space Urban Gardens Virtual Program:  1-2 p.m. (16-Adult) Using examples from area gardens, Kathy Jentz, editor and publisher of Washington Gardener Magazine, will illustrate basic design principles for maximizing garden space. Get ideas for common small-space challenges, such as creating privacy, adding light to shady areas, and finding low-budget design solutions. This program will be presented virtually. A Zoom link will be emailed no later than the morning of the program. $15 per person. Code 4PD.8XP8.  

Saturday, April 9—Rock Gardens and Crevice Gardens:  10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. (16-Adult) Green Spring's rock garden and crevice garden area is in its prime in spring. Judy Zatsick, vice president of the local chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society, shows you the essential elements of a beautiful rock garden, both large and small, for sun and shade, and explains how you can create one of your very own. Learn how to make a xeric soil mix, how to select plants and bulbs that grow with minimal care, and how to plant a hypertufa trough or container with xeric plants. We’ll tour Green Spring’s rock garden for a peek at choice plants that make their home there. Your own rock garden is just a stone’s throw away. $18 per person. 

Thursday, April 21—Beatrix Farrand’s Legacy at Green Spring Gardens:  4-5 p.m. (Adults). In honor of the 80th anniversary of the installation of Beatrix Farrand’s garden at Green Spring Gardens, join landscape historian and author Judith Tankard as she talks about the incredible garden designs of America’s first female landscape architect, Beatrix Farrand. Learn how her work and legacy continue to influence garden design today. Stay for refreshments and a book signing of Judith’s book, “Beatrix Farrand: Garden Artist, Landscape Architect.” $15 per person.

FITNESS 

Mondays, starting March 14—Yoga for Gardeners I :  9:30-10:30 a.m. (Adult) This class features a gentle introduction to the Vinyasa method which helps participants increase the strength, flexibility and endurance necessary for gardening. Class held indoors. $130 per person for 11 sessions. 

GETAWAY

Tuesday, May 24—Hillwood Gardens, Washington, D.C.:  9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Adults) Includes motor coach, entrance fee, self-guided tours and lunch. Explore Hillwood Estate’s luscious formal gardens. Stroll the spring gardens such as the French Parterre, Japanese Garden and the cutting gardens. Tour the mansion, then sit and savor lunch at Hillwood's cafe. Trip departs Green Spring Gardens at 9:30 a.m. and returns by 3 p.m. $97 per person.  

Fine Arts

Saturday, March 5—Watercolor Workshop - Pen and Ink:  9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (16-Adult) By the end of this class you will be confident drawing with ink! You will learn various ways to draw with ink and create values using hatching, cross hatching, stippling, scribbling, patterns, and more. Bring in a drawing or watercolor painting that you do not like and see how to improve it by adding ink. A supply list will be emailed before class. Bring a lunch. $105 per person. 

Saturday, March 12—Floral Design - Spring Has Sprung:  1-2:30 p.m. (16-Adult) Make a spring-inspired floral arrangement with the help of certified floral designer Betty Ann Galway. Betty Ann will lead you through the project, demonstrate design techniques, and explain the best ways to work with your flowers to extend the life of your arrangement. $40 per person (plus a $30 supply fee). Bring disinfected shears and a short box or container that will help you transport your arrangement home. 

Saturday, April 2—Watercolor Workshop - Trees & Leaves:  9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (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. A supply list will be emailed before class. Bring a lunch. $97 per person. 

Saturday, April 9—Floral Design Workshop - Spring Flower Basket:  1-2:30 p.m. (16-Adult) Floral designer Betty Ann Galway helps you expand your skill set by showing you how to design a beautiful spring floral piece for your home. Learn how to incorporate various principles and elements of design$40 per person (plus a $30 supply fee). Bring disinfected shears and a short box or container that will help you transport your arrangement home. 

Saturday, April 23—Botanical Drawing Workshop - Buds & Bulbs:  9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (16-Adult) Learn to create realistic botanical drawings of flower buds or flower bulbs. Artist and instructor Caroline Hottenstein demonstrates composition and illustration techniques for you to use as you work on your watercolor, colored pencil, or pen and ink project. Some drawing experience recommended. A supply list will be emailed before class. Bring a lunch. $97 per person. 

Saturday, May 7—Watercolor Workshop - Monet & Waterlilies:  9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (16-Adult) Monet made a huge contribution to the world of art with his monumental waterlily paintings. Artist and instructor Dawn Flores will inspire you with Monet's use of color, horizon lines, reflections and water surface. Working directly from photographs, you will create your own expressions in watercolor while learning a variety of painting techniques, including special effects such as glazing, dry-brush, wet on wet, washes and more. A supply list will be emailed before class. Bring a lunch. $97 per person

Historic Green SpringTea & Tasting ProgramsTea Treats at Historic House Teas

A traditional English afternoon tea served in the 1784 Historic House follows each program. Full tea includes finger sandwiches, pastries, and scone with cream and jam. Specially prepared tea boxes to go are also available with advance purchase.

Programs are by reservation only. Call Historic Green Spring at (703) 941-7987

Sunday, March 6—The Femme Fatale:  1-3 p.m. (Adult) The femme fatale has used her “deadly” charms to lure and entrap men throughout the ages. Explore how this dangerous siren is depicted in mythology, literature and film. In celebration of Women’s History Month consider her an example of female independence and empowerment. $38 (lecture + tea); $15 (lecture only).

Sunday, March 27—April Fools’ Tea:  1-3 p.m. (Adult) Usher in spring with some April foolishness! Discover the origins of the annual celebration of the absurd, its connection to spring, and its traditions, past and present. Hear about some outrageous April Fools’ Day hoaxes and practical jokes throughout history. $38 (lecture + tea); $15 (lecture only).

Sunday, April 3—Heart on Your Sleeve:  1-3:30 p.m. (Adult) Sleeves have been designed in myriad styles over the centuries and have defined the fashionable silhouettes of their day. Artist and collector Caroline Hottenstein presents the history of the sleeve in all its different forms and displays beautiful examples from her antique clothing collection. $45 (lecture + tea); $22 (lecture only)

Thursdays, April 21, May 12 and 26  - Spring Garden Tour & Tea:  1-3 p.m. (Adult) Take a walking tour of the glorious spring demonstration gardens with an Extension Master Gardener docent. Afterwards, relax over a sumptuous afternoon tea in the 1784 Historic House. $38 per person.

Sunday, April 24  - The Sound of Art :  1-3 p.m. (Adult) What if you could HEAR the colors you see? Historic House staffer Karen Heyda Jackson explores the intriguing link between music and color experienced by abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky. Discover the fascinating way Kandinsky blended paint and music, and how this pioneering approach influenced other modern artists. $38 (lecture + tea); $15 (lecture only).

Sunday, May 8—Mother’s Day Tea:  3-4:30 p.m. (Adult 21+) Raise a toast to mothers everywhere. Indulge in a special “Royale Tea” that offers you a choice of a glass of champagne or sherry with your sandwiches, cakes and scones. Take our Mother’s Day quiz to learn about the time-honored celebration. $52 per person.

 

TASTING PROGRAM

Saturday, April 9—Japanese Plum Wine Tasting:  4-6 p.m. (Adult 21+) An official program of the 2022 National Cherry Blossom Festival. Explore the fusion of liqueur and fruit that is umeshu or Japanese plum wine. Sample a range of these versatile liqueurs and learn about their place in Japanese culture, their health benefits, and how to make your own. Served with delicious accompaniments. $45 per person. 

BY-REQUEST PROGRAMS 

Private Garden Tours 
Schedule a private group tour led by Green Spring Extension Master Gardener docents who interpret the gardens, the plant collections, the site’s mission, and its historic legacy. $10 per person for groups of 20 or more; $12 per person for 19 or fewer. Minimum group size is five. For information or to schedule a garden tour call Historic Green Spring at (703) 941-7987.  

Private Tea Programs 
Private groups may reserve a lecture or garden tour followed by a traditional English afternoon tea served in the 1784 Historic House. Minimum group size is 18. For information call Historic Green Spring at 703-941-7987. 

ChooseYour Nature Walk 
(All ages) Book a walk with one of our Children’s Education teachers and choose from a variety of topics for the themed tour of the park. Each tour will include a hands-on element and can be customized to include the science topics your students are learning in school. Choose one of the following topics: Pond Fauna & Flora, Native VA Plants & Trees, Watersheds & Geology of Green Spring, VA Ecosystems Walk, History of Green Spring as a Farm, or General Garden Tour. $45 per group of up to 9 people, including at least one adult. Fill out our web form, contact Elizabeth Waugh at elizabeth.waugh@fairfaxcounty.gov, or call Green Spring Gardens at (703) 642-5173. 

GARDEN TALKS 

Friday, March 11—Garden Talk - Perennials with Personalities:  1:15-2:15 p.m. (16-Adult) Want to have a beautiful yard with loads of curb appeal? Extension Master Gardener docents show you how soil preparation, mass plantings, and careful attention to the right flower selection can give you a lush flowering garden from spring to fall. Think perennials with personalities! $10 per person. 

Saturday, March 26—Garden Talk - Spring Veggies and Herbs:  10:30-11:30 a.m. (16-Adult) Imagine dashing outside to cut fresh basil to make a batch of pesto for your pizza or pick a tomato for your salad. Homegrown herbs and vegetables add so much to our lives, including fragrance and flavor. Extension Master Gardener docents teach you how to plan, plant and harvest a fabulous vegetable and herb garden. $10 per person. 

Saturday, April 2—Garden Talk - Prune Like a Pro:  10:30-11:30 a.m. (16-Adult) This is a great chance for people who are reluctant pruners to learn the basics! Extension Master Gardener docents will show you the timing, techniques and equipment to prune your trees and shrubs. Bring a pruner and work gloves to practice outside, weather permitting. After this session, you will have the confidence to successfully prune your trees and shrubs. $10 per person. 

Friday, April 22—Garden Talk - Deer-Resistant Gardens:  1:30-2:30 p.m. (16-Adult) Has your garden become a smorgasbord for deer? While fencing and repellents are the tactics most often used, another good way to combat deer is to focus on plant selection. Learn from Extension Master Gardener docents about the many wonderful annuals, perennials and shrubs that deer don’t find appetizing. $10 per person. 

 


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

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