Tudor Place

Garden Party May 24 is 25th Annual

  • Celebrating a quarter-century tradition.



Development Director Mary Michael Wachur Invitations have been mailed.,
202.580.7323 | mwachur@tudorplace.org Register online.
Communications Director Mandy Katz
202.580.7329 | mkatz@tudorplace.org


Washington, DC – Blair Bourne and Sassy Jacobs will chair the 25th Annual Spring Garden Party on May 24, 2017, at Tudor Place, the 1816 National Historic Landmark estate in Washington’s Georgetown Historic District. The popular event is the museum’s most significant annual fundraiser, supporting education, operations, and preservation of the historic house and the 5½-acre landscape where the party takes place.

Co-Chairs Sassy Jacobs (top left) and Blair Bourne to honor Tim Matz (below).

Chairs Sassy Jacobs (top left) + Blair Bourne to honor Tim Matz.

Cousins, Co-Chairs Blair and Sassy previously served as members of the Garden Party Committee, and Sassy also worked at Tudor Place in one of her first jobs, scheduling events and weddings. Gala honoree Timothy B. Matz is a loyal and longtime friend and supporter of the museum. A partner in the law firm of Silver, Freedman, Taff & Tiernan, Tim served on the museum’s Board of Trustees from 2006-2014, serving two terms as board president. He also led the search committee that selected Mark Hudson to succeed retiring Executive Director Leslie Buhler in 2015.

More than 25,000 members of the public visited Tudor Place during its Bicentennial year, 2016. The site opened to the public as a museum in 1985 following nearly two centuries of ownership by a single family descended from Martha Washington.

Tours and education programs serve more than 3,000 school children each year from D.C. and nearby communities, including numerous Title I schools, and serve as a living classroom for all ages on history, the environment, art, and architecture.

Funds raised at the Garden Party support these programs, as well as award-winning conservation, archaeological research, and advanced horticultural practices in one of the District’s best preserved green spaces.


Arrival and Parking Information

The party is from 6 o’clock to 9 o’clock on Wednesday, May 24, rain or shine. Enter through the main gate on 31st Street. There is no valet parking.

Are last-minute tickets available?

Yes. Easiest is to buy online.

Where do I park?

All guest parking is off site — either on-street (in legal public spaces) or in the reserved GARDEN PARTY LOT at 2233 Wisconsin Avenue NW, next to Einstein Bros. Bagels between W Street and Hall Place. Look for the gray/blue “Atlantic Parking” sign. Shuttles will transport guests from the lot back to Tudor Place. View map.

We recommend taxis or ride services like Lyft. There will be no parking at Tudor Place.

Can I drop off guests at the party entrance?

Absolutely! Before parking, please bring guests to the main gate where ushers will await them and all shuttle arrivals. The Tudor Place main gate address is 1644 31st Street NW, between Q & R Streets. Drivers may then proceed to the Garden Party Lot before rejoining their party. View map.

Is there valet parking?

There will be NO VALET PARKING for this event, in accordance with neighborhood zoning restrictions.

What if I have a question?

We’re party-prepping away from our desks, so call us:

  • about the guest list? Call Felice, 202.580.7321.
  • about sponsorships, vendors, or other party logistics? Call Mary-Michael, 202.580.7323.


Continue the celebration!

Matt Moore book cover thumbnailJoin us again in the Garden Party tent Thursday for a Landmark Luncheon with sit-down buffet, southern cocktails, and summertime sizzle from BBQ expert and Southern Living contributor Matt Moore, dishing on his latest book, The South’s Best Butts. Tickets required, so book online.

Remember last year’s Landmark Luncheon?

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