After strolling the gardens, why not enjoy a little civilized refreshment in our tea room?
For 2021, the tentative schedule is that we will be serving teas on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 11:00 to 3:30. Reservations are required, please reserve online or call us by 24 hours ahead. Our system will start taking reservations in late May. By then we should know when and if we can relax last year’s standards. I do expect we will have more takeout options for 2021.
The 2020 setup – Seatings will be limited so we can maintain good distancing between tables, inside or out in the garden. We will have undercover seating for all tables, including some fun new spaces! Table size is currently limited to parties of 6.
It remains to be seen when we will be able to relax the standards of 2020, but please check back here from time to time for updates, or sign up for our email newsletter.
The Tea Garden is open summer afternoons generally from Memorial Day to Labor Day, from 11:00 to 3:30, Thursday through Sunday. In 2021, we plan to be open from May 27 through September 12. Teas are served in the flower garden, under a covered porch or, when the weather is inclement, in a little plant-filled conservatory. Reservations for tea are required (please see below).
Serving Cream Teas Since 1985
Sometime in the mid-80s, Rachel and Judith were returning from a long summer drive and combined their voices in the perennial moan about the desperate need for tea. Couldn’t we have just “murdered a cup!”, said Judith, a true Britisher. “If only there was a good tea room – any tea room, for that matter, that could provide us with that precious liquid refreshment that will allow life to continue?” We realized we daren’t wait any longer for others to step into the breach and provide this essential public service, but had better take on the task ourselves, and so it was decided that Judith open a tea room at the nursery. (Judith oversaw her tea room through 2016, and was a popular (and not infrequently cheeky) figure to her thousands of customers over the years, but sadly passed away on May 22, 2017. We will endeavor to keep up her standards.)
In 2021 we will be serving Full English Cream Teas to one and all. This consists of two scones, served with freshly whipped cream and homemade strawberry jam, two cucumber-herb sandwiches, and a little sweet bite, plus your choice of hot tea or iced beverages. And yes, we do serve coffee! The price is $22 per person plus tax and tip or $28 if you’d like to include 9% tax and 18% tip. Unfortunately, guests may not ‘share’ teas this year. However, you can now buy fresh or frozen scones to go!
Tea is a delightful and affordable way to entertain friends, and is a memorable way to celebrate events and gentle occasions such as engagement and graduation parties, bridal and baby showers, and retirement parties. Combined with the pretty and educational display gardens, it makes a fine outing for any garden club, and is a perfect venue for Red Hat Society ladies to strut their stuff! We hope to see you this summer! Directions and Map
Tea Dates in 2021
May 27 – henceforth Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the summer. (tentative)
September 12 will be the last open day for the Tea Room this year. (tentative)
The Tea Room Menu
Tea comes first, and the old English adage “take the pot to the kettle, not the kettle to the pot” is our motto. Here you will find tea made with boiling water, steeped and served in a china pot.
The tea list includes choices of black, green and herbal teas, including classics such as English Breakfast, Earl Grey and Lapsang Souchong as well as more unusual types, such as Rooibos (Red Bush), Vanilla Honeybush and Shou Mei White Tea. Naturally, we also make coffee for those desiring a stronger brew, served in a press pot. For cold drinks, you can try iced tea, coffee or lemonade. The scones are made fresh here at the brick house, following Judith’s tried and true recipe, as is the strawberry jam. For parties and events, we can prepare special menus and cakes.
What is a Cream Tea?
Cream Tea is simply an afternoon repast, which invariably includes scones and cream. For those of you who wonder, a High Tea is something quite different, more on the lines of a simple working-class supper than a raised pinkie affair with cakes and dainties.
Reservations for Tea are Required
You may now make a reservation online through this website, and also pay in advance if you care to. Otherwise, please call 802-472-5104, or to get on a waiting list. Thank you for your patience!