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The Thornton Burgess Society
appreciates the support of the
Massachusetts Cultural Council

Green Briar's 2017 Garden Tour will be part of the

Cape Cod Hydrangea Festivel

Hydrangea Festival


The annual Sandwich Garden Tour to benefit the Thornton W. Burgess Society and its environmental education programs for children, families and area schools is scheduled for Wednesday, July 12.  Enjoy a summerís day visiting seven beautiful gardens at your leisure anytime between 10am and 4pm.  A ticket covering all seven gardens may be purchased for $30 or individual gardens may be visited for a fee of $5 cash at each garden (please bring exact amount).  Call the Green Briar Nature Center at 508-888-6870 for information on ticket purchases plus a map and directions.   This yearís tour is tied in with the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival sponsored by the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce.

#1 Award Winning Shirley G. Cross Wildflower Garden 
Briar Nature Center
, 6 Discovery Hill Rd, East Sandwich, MA 02537

● Come to a true Cape Cod historic site and walk the paths surrounded by wildflowers.  Observe three growing areas bog, shady hillside, open meadow. Among the many varieties of wildflowers blooming there will be the Canada Meadow Lily and the sun loving Cup Plant. Admire the carnivorous Pitcher Plant or see a RubyThroated Hummingbird dart about the deep red petals of the Crocosmia. Take shade under the Magnolia or ancient Japanese Maple growing by a rare Franklina. Catch your breath, take your time, let the magic take you in.

● Also surrounding Green Briar's historical home and jam kitchen are breath taking labors of love designed by a Master Gardener and maintained by a dedicated staff member. Perennial, annual, succulent, medicinal. Stone garden, herb garden, secret garden, a holly grove, "Smiling Pool," butterfly garden Every

color under the sun wraps its flowering way around Green Briar. ACCESSIBLE

● Directions: Look for sign on 6A in East Sandwich for Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen

#2 Challenges of Sand     Owners: Matt and Linda Colgan
5 Norse Pines Drive, East Sandwich, MA 02537

● Working with an almost empty pallet of Cape Cod sand six years ago, this gardener has created a whimsical mix of raised beds, container vegetable gardens, wild cottage plots and formal plantings. Highlights are: a sheshed with overflowing window boxes, an Angel Trumpet tree, strawberries in an unusual resting place, various cages to keep out the groundhogs, and five different varieties of hydrangea. ACCESSIBLE

● Directions: Exit 3 off Rte 6, North on Quaker Meeting House Road to cross over 6A onto Spring Hill Road. First Right off Spring Hill Rd is Norse Pines. #5 is second house on left adjacent to cranberry bog. Park near the house. 

Linda's Garden

#3 Bubbling Brook Perennial Acre, Otherwise Harmony in Nature Owner: Edith Huck 8 Village Dr., E. Sandwich 02537

● Large perennial gardens with annual beds professionally displayed each year. Several flowering trees, a magnificent variety of rhododendrons. Many types and sizes. All to be enjoyed by the sound of a beautiful flowing brook in summer. Surely to be a highlight. Grand and magnificent to say the least. ACCESSIBLE

● Directions: Take exit 4 off US6. Head East on Chase Rd, left on Old County, first right on Village. Park at or in front of property  

Edith's garden 

#4 Waterfall Works on a Sunny Hillside Garden     Owner: Sally and Randy Moore
11 Notre Dame Lane, Mashpee 02649

● The garden begins with a perennial border in the front of the house and a variety of shrubs planted on each side. A steep hillside with a waterfall running down its center is the foundation of the backyardís garden. Owners designed, constructed and planted their hillside garden themselves over ten years. The main challenge has been finding shrubs and perennials which are drought tolerant and sun loving. The garden includes decorative trees, lots of Juniper and other drought tolerant shrubs and perennials which will flourish in sandy soil, afternoon sun and dry conditions.

● The side garden on the left side contains a number of shrubs including three

Hydrangeas: Quick Fire, a Serrata, and a newly planted Let's Dance Blue Jangles. The shrubs on the right side are mostly Hydrangeas include Nikko Blues, Lace Caps, Penny Mac, Endless Summer Bloom Struck, City Line, Venice and Blue Doneau. ACCESSIBLE

● Directions: Exit 3 off US6. Head West on Quaker Meeting House Rd, left on Cotuit Rd, right on Pimico Pond Rd, right on Notre Dame Ln. Park at property. 

#5 Secret Garden in Sandwich Village         Owner: Robert King and Tobin Wirt
9 Summer St, Sandwich Village 02563

● A garden organized with a real sense of design, display and season. Getting the most out of old New England residential village space, nestled in the heart of town, lies this exceptional garden of perennials and annuals lovingly tended to its full potential. Truly an oasis with beautiful flowers surrounding the entire house and tall trees and bushes hiding it from the street. A secret worth seeing. ACCESSIBLE

● Directions: Off 6A in Sandwich Village, turn right on Jarvis, first left on Pleasant, right on Summer. 

#6 Whimsical Cape Cod Seaside Cottage Garden     Owner: Charlotte Hart
16 Knott Ave
, Sandwich, MA 02563

● Step back in time and breathe in the salty air. Walk the pebble paths by bordered beach stones perennial garden beds. Exposed to all the elements of Cape Cod, this seaside cottage is harbor to well cared for flowers thriving

in abundance, knowing this garden port is safe. Over twenty years care has gone into creating and maintaining this piece of soil and the love and hard work shows. Loveinthemist is more than just in bloom. The carefree ease of how it all comes together will make a visitor never want to leave. ACCESSIBLE

● Directions: From 6A take Tupper Rd to Town Neck Rd. Follow it until Hemisphere Restaurant. Right onto Freeman Ave, Right on Knott Ave. Park on street either side of road.

 #7 Sunshiny & Shady Circular Perennial Garden     Owner: Jean M. Blake
20 Moody Drive Sandwich 02563

● In the back yard there is a large circular perennial garden which blooms from May through October, with many varieties of Day Lilies and Daisies. Along the street there is a long shade garden featuring many varieties of large Hostas. The rock walls have an assortment of annuals both shade and sun loving. There are blue Hydrangeas and other shrubs surrounding the house. Large Tupelos, Maples, and Rhododendrons form a ring around the property. ACCESSIBLE

● Directions: Webster Ave is nearly across the street from the CC5 Cents Savings Bank off of route 6A. Go up Webster, my driveway is the last one on the right. Park at or by property







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