Vanderbilt Garden Tea Fundraiser — Hyde Park
This is a fundraiser for the all-volunteer, not-for-profit Frederick W. Vanderbilt Garden Association. The tea will be held rain or shine under a tent in the Formal Gardens of the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site and will feature live music, selected Harney & Sons teas, and delectable refreshments including tea sandwiches, scones, clotted cream, and French macarons. The event is in the spirit of the “Downton Abbey” era, and guests are invited to wear period clothing from the early 1900’s, party garden wear, or even a fancy hat. It isn’t necessary but it may be fun! Volunteer guides will be on hand to give tours of the gardens.
Parking will be in the Visitor Center parking lot with a moderate walk to the gardens. Limited transportation will be available from the parking area to the gardens, and handicap parking is available by pre-arrangement.
Guest speaker, Margaret Laffin, National Park Service Interpreter, will present “Mrs. Vanderbilt lied about her age and other things the Internet told me.” Tickets are $45 for the general public and $40 for Vanderbilt Garden Association members, and must be purchased in advance at http://vanderbiltgardentea.brownpapertickets.com/ or by calling 1-800-838-3006