Food and Drink

Enjoy delicious food provided by the Garden’s caterer, Meriwether-Godsey, while participating in demonstrations on cooking, mixology, healthy eating, and more.  Lunchtime Lectures include a light lunch.  Garden to Glass Evening Demonstrations include beverage samples and food pairings.

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Class Schedule
April-August 2019

Garden to Glass Demonstrations

Summer Sangrias | June 18

Learn to make tasty and refreshing summer sangrias that are sure to impress your guests and are easy to produce for a crowd. Pick up ideas and tips for summer entertaining, from party menus to stylish décor.

Midsummer Moonshine | July 23

Why use vodka when there are local companies producing stellar moonshine? Take your mixed drinks local as you learn to create delicious craft cocktails incorporating regional flavored and traditional moonshine.

Virginia-Based Route 151 | August 20

Scenic Route 151 in Nelson County, Virginia boasts 4 breweries, 6 wineries, 2 cideries and a distillery. Learn about and enjoy the delights of this region of Virginia, including how to create craft cocktails highlighting these beverages while you enjoy some delicious light fare.

Lunchtime Lectures: Tips from Chef Anne

Spotlight on Summer Produce | July 17

With a focus on fresh local fruits and vegetables, Chef Anne Maury Haapala demonstrates tips and tricks for making summer produce the star of your dish through vegetarian mains and delectable sides.

More Hors d’ Oeuvres for a Crowd | September 18

Learn to impress your friends at the next party or potluck! Join Executive Chef Anne Maury Haapala as she demonstrates how to create delicious hors d’oeuvres that are easy to prepare in advance and produce in bulk for a crowd.

Culinary Evenings with Chef Anne

Bites Around the World: Greece | June 25

Journey to the Mediterranean with Executive Chef Anne Maury Haapala as she demonstrates how home chefs can easily create Greek favorites incorporating the best of local summer produce.

Bites Around the World: Mexico | August 27

Learn about the delights of the cuisine of Mexico with Executive Chef Anne Maury Haapala as she demonstrates how home chefs can create regional favorites at home using tried and true techniques and fresh ingredients.

Make and Partake

Stems and Spirits | April 9

Create your own craft cocktail and whimsical floral arrangement in this hands-on class. Begin by enhancing your cocktail-making skills with a step-by-step cocktail creation led by Catering Manager Ashley Greene. Then, enjoy your cocktail and some light snacks while making a natural, spring-inspired, fresh-from-the-garden floral arrangement with Laura Flournoy of Flowernoy Farm.

Paint Night: Flowers in Summer | July 11

Spend your evening at the Garden enjoying wine, nibbles and creating your own work of botanical art under the step-by-step guidance of local artist Laura Flournoy. Perfect for an evening out with friends!


The summer/fall 2019 season of classes will publish on July 31, 2019.

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