Thornton W. Burgess Society

Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen


Thornton Burgess Nature Program- Wildflowers by Janice Dill

Nature Program

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We will use the Wild Flower Garden at Green Briar as the main component of our classroom and incorporate Thornton Burgess's connection to wildflowers. We will examine the various stages of a wildflower's life - from budding to bloom, to seed setting and dying back - from shade loving to full sun. We will engage all our senses in our learning experience. We will hike Smiling Pool and see what remains of spring ephemerals in the forest. And in the end, get a little dirty and be better for it.

Janice Dill is the manager of the Shirley G. Cross Wildflower Garden at the Green Briar Nature Center, overseeing the care of many rare and unique plants. Before this position she worked for a landscape architect, developing her understanding of dynamic garden scapes. Later she worked for the Town of Weymouth Park Department as an assistant administrator to urban park management. For the past ten years she has been growing much of her family's food, beverages, herbs and remedies with wildflowers scattered in between. A recent joy has been co-organizing the Environmental Challenge Group for children and adults to better understand ones impact on the natural environment, as consumers of resources, and how to live more sustainably. Finally, as a part of the Project LIFE team, Janice had the opportunity to teach local ecology to young children and worked along side many of Cape Cod's esteemed naturalists.