Programs April - June 2023

Green Spring Gardens


Growing Plants in a Bag
Saturday, March 18 from
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. (Adults) Don’t have space or the required light to grow vegetables? Try a grow bag! Learn how easy it is to grow beautiful vegetables and flowers using grow bags. Extension Master Gardeners will teach you the care requirements and benefits of this method. Grow bags, soil medium and seeds will be provided. $23 per person. Code X65.TZ3L
Beyond the Cherry and Dogwood

Saturday, March 25

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. (Adults) Wake up your garden with early blooming trees. Take a walk through the gardens with Green Spring horticulturist Adam Bucher and learn about late-winter and early-spring bloomers, new cultivars, and their care. Program takes place outside. Dress for the weather. $19 per person. Code


Hidden Gems of Green Spring

Saturday, April 8

1-2:30 p.m. (Adults) Join Green Spring Gardens staff on a walk
that highlights interesting and seldom seen parts of the gardens.
Get the inside scoop on the dazzling plants that bloom in the quiet
corners of Green Spring. Program takes place outside. Dress for
the weather. $19 per person. Code
Spring Garden Tour

Saturdays, May 6 and June 3

10-11 a.m. (Adults) Enjoy a guided tour of Green Spring’s
beautiful demonstration gardens with an Extension Master
Gardener docent. Hear about our 18th century origins and our
mission today. Find inspiration in our horticulturists’ plant choices
and designs and take ideas home to try in your own landscape.
Garden tours run rain or shine. $12 per person. Code

for 5/6; code AUH.KAAR for 6/3.

Forest Bathing Walk in the Gardens

Sundays, May 7 and June 4

12:30-2:30 p.m. (Adults) Experience Green Spring Gardens with
all of your senses. Join Ana Ka’ahanui, co-founder of local non-
profit Capital Nature for a slow, meditative walk around the
gardens. Contemplative, but more active than meditation, this
forest bathing walk will help reduce blood pressure, boost
immunity, and enhance mood and creativity. Decompress and feel
a deeper connection with the natural world. Bring something to sit
on the ground, which may be damp, and a water bottle. Dress for
the weather. $35 per person. Code
Z0Y.SKKM for 5/7; code
for 6/4.


Spring Garden DayThe Big Plant Sale
Saturday, May 20

9 a.m.-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
are on hand to help with plant selection and offer gardening advice. Home-baked goods and
treats will be available at the bake sale at the Horticulture Center. There will also be a used book
sale. This annual event is sponsored by the Friends of Green Spring (FROGS).

Garden Talks 
Spring Cleaning in the Garden
Friday, April 7

1:30-2:30 p.m. (Adults) There is plenty of seasonal
maintenance to do before summer arrives! Learn from
Extension Master Gardeners what you need to do to ensure
that your plants are ready for the summer ahead, what needs
pruning, what needs transplanting, and what needs mulch. $12
per person. Code
Small-Space Veggie Gardening

Saturday, April 22

10:30-11:30 a.m. (Adults) Don’t have a large yard? With a
little creativity, even the smallest patio, deck or townhouse
yard can be turned into a successful vegetable garden! Let
Extension Master Gardeners show you how to grow vegetables
in a small space. Whatever your space constraints, you too can
grow delicious and nutritious fruits and vegetables! $12 per
person. Code
Problem Plants & Better Alternatives

Saturday, May 6

10:30-11:30 a.m. (Adults) Fast-growing invasive plants spread
like wildfire, covering your garden and anything that does not
move! Give invasives an inch and they’ll take over your yard.
Learn about Fairfax County’s new mandate against bamboo
aggression and hear from Extension Master Gardeners about
the best native alternatives for your garden. $12 per person.

Gardening for Bees

Friday, May 26

1:30-2:30 p.m. (Adults) Bees are under threat from habitat
loss, pesticides and climate change. Bees do more than make
honey. Honey bees are also responsible for pollinating about
one-third of our daily diet. Extension Master Gardeners show
you how to attract and nurture bees by growing a variety of
plants that support them. $12 per person. Code

Townhouse Gardening
Saturday, June 10

10:30-11:30 a.m. (Adults) Extension Master Gardeners share
tips for making a big impact in smaller landscapes. This session
will be useful not only for townhouse owners but for anyone
looking for creative solutions for a small garden space. $12
per person. Code


Fine Arts 
Watercolor Workshop - Mini Watercolor Journals
Saturday, May 6

9:30-3:30 p.m. (16-Adult) Artist and instructor Marni Maree shows you how to make small journals out of watercolor paper. These are perfect for nature journaling, paint studies, or ex-perimenting with color. Weather permitting, the class will go outside to find beautiful subjects to draw and paint, so bring a folding chair or blanket. A supply list will be emailed before class. Bring a lunch. $110 per person. Code

Virtual Floral Design - Mother’s Day Design

Thursday, May 11

1-2:30 p.m. (16-Adult) Gift your mother with not only a beautiful flower arrangement but hands-on floral design tips and tricks. In this virtual workshop, certified floral designer
Register at using the program code or call 703-642-5173.
Out-of-county registrants add $2 for programs up to $45; $15 for programs $46 and up.

Adult Programs

Betty Ann Galway helps you expand your skill set. Register for both the class and the supply fee. Please pick up your floral supplies at Green Spring Gardens prior to the class, either the day before or morning of the program. A Zoom link will be emailed prior to the program. $42 per person (plus $35 supply fee). Code

Watercolor Workshop - Monet & Waterlilies

Saturday, June 10 from
10 a.m.-4 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 effects such as glazing, dry-brush, wet on wet, washes and more. A supply list will be emailed beforeclass. Bring a lunch. $102 per person. Code

Yoga for Gardeners
Mondays, starting March 20 from
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. $137 per person for 11 lessons. Cod


Historic Green Spring Virtual Tea Programs 

Leading Ladies
Sunday, March 12

1-3 p.m. (Adults) Discover extraordinary women who didn’t make
it into the history books. Many little-known female innovators,
Tea Treats at Historic House Teas
entrepreneurs, inventors, and adventurers achieved historical
“firsts” yet often went unacknowledged. Learn why “HERstory”
was so often omitted from “HIStory” and celebrate these unsung
leading ladies and their inspiring lives. $38 (lecture + tea); $15
(lecture only).

Special Program: Royal Coronation

Saturday, April 1

10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Adults) In anticipation of the coronation of King
Charles III, enjoy 3 short slideshow lectures. Learn what to expect
from the coronation ceremony and the ancient traditions behind
the pageantry. Consider the history of the “special relationship”
between Britain and America and the rocky road towards our

close ties and cultural affinities today. Examine the enduring
fascination with the allure and mystique of the British royal family
and how it may evolve. Refreshments served during breaks.
Come to the Historic House for a celebratory British-themed
afternoon tea, complete with extra savories, that serves as lunch. An
event fit for a king! Favors and door prizes included. $58 (lecture +
tea, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.); $30 (lecture only, 10 a.m. -12 p.m.).

Mother’s Day Tea: Working Mothers
Sunday, May 14

1-3 p.m. (Adults) Throughout history mothers have balanced work
and motherhood, struggling against the archetypes of the male
breadwinner and the “bad” mother who worked outside the
domestic sphere. Hear about challenges faced by pioneering
mothers of the past who changed the world while taking care of
their children. Favors and door prizes included. $48 (lecture +
tea); $15 (lecture only).

Garden Tour & Tea

Thursdays, April 27, May 11 and May 25

1-3 p.m. (Adults) Tour Green Spring’s beautiful demonstration
gardens with an Extension Master Gardener docent. Enjoy some
standout plants of spring and find inspiration in our garden
designs. Hear about our 18th century origins and our mission
today. Afterwards, step into the 1784 Historic House to indulge in
a traditional British afternoon tea. Garden tours run rain or shine.
$38 (tour + tea).

Tasting Program

Afternoon tea NOT included

Japanese Teas Tasting

Saturday, March 25

10-11:30 a.m. (Adults) Sample a selection of the finest Japanese
green teas. Hear about tea culture in Japan ancient and modern

- as you identify the unique characteristics of green teas and learn
how to brew them to perfection. Delicious Japanese accompani-
ments served. $28 per person. Register online at
or call Green Spring
Gardens at 703-642-5173. Code

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

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.

Make an appointment for in-person shopping at our Gift Shop
Register online at or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173. 

Programs are by reservation only. Register online at 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

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