Thursday, June 25, 2015

PROGRESSIVE GARDEN TEA PARTY

Twelve years ago, a group of women, most of whom were teachers, gathered together to view lovely gardens, drink tea, and celebrate the beginning of summer vacation. Today, most of these women are retired (a few are still teaching) and others (not necessarily teachers) have joined the group, but we still meet during the third week in June to visit three home gardens, sip tea, and enjoy an array of (mostly) authentic English afternoon tea fare.

The collection of tea cups always makes for a colorful picture. Most cups come with a story which the owner is asked to share with tablemates.

 Minted fruit salad along with scones and other fruit breads are a traditional part of afternoon tea.

A variety of teas, both herbal and caffeinated, are offered at each garden.

Garden hats are also de rigueur attire.