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


Green Briar's Wildflower Garden

Our prizewinning wildflower garden is a highlight of any visit to the Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen. Situated in front of the 1780 homestead, the garden covers a locust-shaded bank, a sunny meadow, and an open swamp bordering Thornton Burgess's Smiling Pool. The garden was designed for teaching so that among the native American plants are others identified as wild in their country of origin.

Visitors are welcome to walk through the garden at any time. To enhance enjoyment of a visit, an autographed booklet for sale in the gift shop relates the history of the garden and the plants to be enjoyed. Over 300 plants are labeled and numbers on the labels correspond to numbers in the booklet where further information about each plant can be found including hints on propagation, weeds to avoid, and what conditions are advantageous for growth!

Our award-winning wildflower garden at Green Briar is maintained by our Education Director Mary Beers and a small crew of dedicated volunteers.


For the first time, you can take a tour of the Garden as it was

on July 24 with Janice Dill and Eugenie Shaw 


Guided tours through the award-winning Wildflower Garden at the Green Briar Nature Center are offered each Tuesday morning May 21 through August 27.  The garden, conceived and designed by Dr. Shirley G. Cross, is a living museum for those interested in the study and use of wildflowers.  The one-third acre contains over 300 plants and is maintained by a small group of dedicated volunteers.  Come by and enjoy a morning in the garden!  Advance registration is not necessary.  The fee is $3 for members of the Thornton W. Burgess Society, $5 for non-members. 

Note:  If you are local and have a couple of hours to volunteer on Monday morning between 8:00am and noon please consider helping us in the wildflower garden starting in March.  I especially need men who are able to help with rocks and trees. Everyone is welcome whether or not you have experience.  There are jobs for every skill level.  

Check out "What's Blooming" in our garden.

Gifts to the Wildflower Garden Fund

 A gift to the Wildflower Garden Fund is a wonderful way to honor someone special and to help support the garden and keep it blooming for generations to come. You may also wish to consider a Motherís Day tribute, a birthday or memorial remembrance to the garden which will be personally acknowledged as you request.

Either of these donation categories can be used as a memorial donation or "in honor of" for a special occasion. 

Dr. Shirley G. Cross

Rose Mallow

New York Ironweed
with Swallowtail Butterfly

Marsh Marigold

Crested Iris

Tiger Lily

Magnolia Pod




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