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
December 2019 – April 2020

Garden to Glass Demonstrations

Luscious Liqueurs | January 28

Learn how to take flavorful specialty liqueurs like schnapps, Drambuie and Chartreuse and make them the stars of your cocktail creations. With their lower alcohol content, liqueurs can offer healthier cocktail options for the New Year.

Focus on Rum | February 25

Delve into the history of rum with a representative from local craft distillery Virago Spirits. Sample different historical rum styles and learn how these styles were blended together to form what is consumed today. Learn how to create unique, delicious and inspired craft cocktails highlighting this fascinating spirit.

Sensational Shrubs | March 10

Join a representative from Richmond-based company Mother Shrub to learn more about how bold flavors are amplified with an approachable tang from these vinegar-based drinks. Explore how healthy, delicious and trendy shrubs can add complexity and interest to your favorite cocktails, mocktails and spritzers.

Lunchtime Lectures

Quick Comfort Food Favorites | February 19

Do you love all the hearty and flavor-packed dishes of winter, but don’t always have time to spend all day in the kitchen? Join Executive Chef Anne Maury Haapala as she demonstrates how to create delicious comfort food favorites in a fraction of the time.

Spotlight on Spices | March 4

Join spice expert Mark Ragland as you learn how the desire and quest for spices played a huge role in the history of mankind. Learn where favorite and exotic spices come from and how they were used both historically and in today’s kitchen. Discover how to increase the flavor of your food using spices with Executive Chef Anne Maury Haapala by mastering simple techniques.

Tea – A 5,000 Year Tradition | April 8

One amazing plant in over 3,000 varieties produces the second most consumed beverage on Earth – tea. Steeped in history, lore and tradition, tea is again becoming America’s favorite beverage.  Learn how to make the perfect cup of tea and how to grow your own plant. Following this exciting talk with tea expert Mark Ragland, enjoy a delicious afternoon tea luncheon.

Bites Around the World

Tastes of the Mediterranean | January 21

Take your taste buds on a mid-winter trip to the Mediterranean and explore the varied culinary delights of the surrounding countries. Learn how home chefs can incorporate delicious and fresh Mediterranean flavors into their repertoire with Executive Chef Anne Maury Haapala.

Hawaii | March 24

Hawaiian cuisine incorporates many different styles of food, reflecting influences from Native Hawaiians, along with European, American, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Filipino, Puerto Rican and Portuguese cuisines. Join Executive Chef Anne Maury Haapala on this tropical journey as she demonstrates how to create the unique, flavorful and delicious dishes of Hawaii at home.

Make and Partake

Paint Nights 

Spend an evening at the Garden enjoying wine and nibbles while 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! Fee includes 2 glasses of wine, light hors d’ oeuvres and all materials.

Maker Night: Meditative Botanical Drawing | March 12

Come unwind, enjoy wine and canapés, and use nature as your inspiration to design complex, imaginative images with repeated organic lines and shapes. Working with graphite, inks, watercolor and colored pencils, a calming evening awaits you as you create small works suitable for framing.


The Spring/Summer 2020 season of classes will publish on April 1, 2020.

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