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Green Briar's Garden Tour 2015


Our 2015 Garden Tour will take place on Wednesday, July 15.  Visit  a number of lovely private gardens in Sandwich at your leisure anytime between 10 am and 4 pm.  Tickets for the Garden Tour are available in advance or on the day of the tour at the Green Briar Nature Center in East Sandwich for $15.00.


Gardens we visited in 2009 were:

#1        A Wildflower Garden – Green Briar Nature Center, 6 Discovery Hill Road, East Sandwich

Directions:  Follow Route 6A to Discovery Hill Road.  Look for the Green Briar sign on 6A. Light refreshments served. Parking is available in the nature center’s parking lot.

#2       Country Estate Garden –A contemporary home in a reconstructed 200-year old barn is set amidst orchards and country acreage swathed in colorful wildflowers, peonies, and rare conifers.  Not to miss:  the ancient and elegant trellised arbor and cottage (an 18th century structure formerly a post office in Rowley, MA).   

 #3       A Master Gardener’s Dream Planted in a country setting with water view, this garden abounds with 25 hosta varieties, a charming Japanese garden, and unusual shrub and tree species: katsura tree, French magnolia, paperbark maple, stewartia and styrax. This garden reflects its master gardener’s secrets learned from azaleas raised from seed (!), and the practice of low maintenance “retirement gardening” with impressive results.  Parking available on street.  

#4       Soaring Spirit Garden– A magnificent countryside retreat, this tranquil and lush dreamland encompasses a pond with coy fish, a spectacular mature hosta hillside, a vegetable garden, and unusual specimens of lilac, peony, weeping cherry and campanula. 

#5       Woodland ParadiseA rambling woodland paradise with bubbling brook, bountiful perennials, a dwarf conifer bank, and raised vegetable garden – all set amidst woods of rare rhododendron species, a fringetree, espaliered dogwood, and spectacular house-high enkianthus. 

#6       High Summer’s GloryA naturalized woodland setting with lovely raised plantings, sunny and fragrant perennial borders, a vegetable garden, and fish pond with waterlilies and waterfall.  

#7        A Sunny Cliffside Garden - A passionate master gardener’s victory in corralling a sunny steep cliffside garden. This “little mountain” (with its owner-created waterfall) sprouts alpine and rock garden plants, blue salvias and penstemons, agastache, daylilies and roses spilling over its picturesque boulders.






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