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The Thornton Burgess Society
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Adult Programs

WILD Women – Wednesday Walking Club     1:00pm-3:00pm
These Wednesday afternoon walks led by Education Director Mary Beers continue year-round on a monthly basis. Check the monthly E-Newsletter for that month’s date and location or call the Society office or email mary.beers@thorntonburgess.org

Members: $9
     Non-members: $13 (per walk)

Watch a slide presentation of a walk    SMILEBOX PRESENTATION


Friday, February 20     WILD TEAS OF WINTER     4:00pm
Enjoy a tea-time on the wild side as you brew and sample wintergreen, white pine, black birch and spicebush teas. Call 508-888-6870 to register.

Members: $5     Non-Member $7

Thursday, February 19     R.I. SPRING FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW
This year we are returning to Rhode Island on the first day of the Spring Show. The theme this year is Garden Adventures and it promises to surpass last year’s amazing exhibits. Travel by Society Van to the R.I. Convention Center, which is included in the price. Depart Green Briar at 9:00am and return by 4:00pm.

Members $35     (65 yrs. or older $32)
Non-members $40     (65 yrs. or older $37)

  SNOWDROP TEA Wednesday, March 18 & Thursday, March 19, 2015

You are invited to a special Snowdrop Tea, 2 pm to approximately 4 pm, at the historic home of Eugenie and Jonathan Shaw, Sandwich Village, MA. The Tea, which celebrates the first flower of spring, will begin at 2 pm with a tour of the landscaped grounds which feature drifts of thousands of snowdrops, one of largest and most extensive collections of snowdrops in the United States. Accompanying the Tea is a delicious abundance of American and Norwegian desserts, prepared by Eugenie Shaw. The Tea will conclude with an auction of rare spring bulbs and snowdrops. Each participant will receive a gift of a snowdrop in bloom. All participant fees and auction proceeds will entirely benefit the endowment of the Shirley Cross Wildflower Garden of the Thornton W. Burgess Society, honoring Shirley Cross, a gifted botanist/gardener, and Thornton Burgess, the nationally-famous 20th century children’s author and environmentalist. This special Snowdrop Tea was mentioned in the Wall Street Journal in March 2010. Seating is limited to 25 persons on each of two days: Wednesday, March 18 and Thursday, March 19, 2015.

Admission is $30.00 per person. Call the Thornton W. Burgess Society 508-888-6870 for reservations.                                

Join Janice Dill and her group of dedicated volunteers in the Green Briar Wildflower Garden on Monday mornings from 9:00am to11:00am or later for an educational and fun volunteer experience learning to recognize the keepers and pullers of the Plant Kingdom. Coffee and munchies are provided during a mid-morning break.







Thornton W. Burgess Society
6 Discovery Hill Road
East Sandwich, MA 02537