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Garden Tours to Benefit Thornton Burgess Society Green Briar Nature Center

July 14, 2021
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    • Dates: July 14, 2021
    • Location: Sandwich
    • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    #1 Award Winning Shirley G. Cross Wildflower Garden 
    Green Briar Nature Center, 6 Discovery Hill Rd, East Sandwich
    The Shirley Cross Wildflower Garden and the gardens of the Historic Jam Kitchen will be a tour delight. A nest in nature, the gardens of Green Briar are a place to pause and appreciate the beauty of flowers in a unique setting. From shade to sun, from damp to dry, many floral examples will be blooming- lobelia, thermopsis, baptisia, oh my! Favorites of hummingbirds and butterflies, endangered and rare, plentiful, and seedy, visit and learn about wildflowers. Tours of the Wildflower Garden will be ongoing throughout the day. Many hydrangeas will be in bloom, and the gorgeous garden beds of the Jam Kitchen will delight. The Mercantile will be open, offering a selection of local and homemade jams and jellies, as well as Thornton Burgess Gallery. Facilities available and accessible. Directions: Off of 6A / Old Kings Hwy, turn onto Discovery Hill Rd. Green Briar sign on 6A. 

    #2 Tidal Marsh Garden, 16 Stonefield Drive, Sandwich
    This home, situated next to the tidal flats of Springhill Beach, boasts a wide variety of flowerscapes. From the front stonewall covered in various varieties of daylily and iris to the purple and blue hydrangeas hugging the farmers porch, guests will enjoy a stroll through mature plantings that will take them to the koi pond and waterfall feature that includes flowering pickerel rush and water lilies. The owners recently added 300 sq. feet of vegetable gardens and a chicken coop with 6 heritage breeds providing fresh eggs daily. Recently added as well is an Adirondack conversation pit at the edge of the marsh that boasts gorgeous views of the tides and breezes from the ocean. The owners are proud of their landscape and take great pride in continuing the work of the previous owners who so lovingly planted many of the perennials around the property. Directions: Off 6A, turn on Spring Hill Rd, left on Boulder Brook, right on Stonefield


     #3 Hidden Garden, 9 Summer Street, Sandwich
    A Hydrangea Festival number one stop! A garden full of charm with a layout that understands display. Fondly known as the Hedge House, this garden is set in the quaint village of Sandwich. Dahlias of many shades, layers of morning glories, an old grapevine shading the pergola... Many different perennials and annuals will be blooming, as well as several examples of hydrangeas in shades of pink to blue to deep purple. Hydrangea highlights - Abracadabra, Mop Heads, Smoke Bush and others. Combining form and function, the kitchen garden is a display ready for summertime eating. From the street the charm and blooms are secluded, hidden behind a tall privet hedge making this a secret stop along the tour garden and an absolute favorite. Directions: Continue on Main St., right on Summer St. 

    #4 Hydrangeas and Roses Galore, 6 Grove Street, Sandwich
    Overlooking Shawme Pond and The Grist Mill, in the heart of the Village, is a stately Victorian house built in 1888 named “Bendora”. Benjamin Bartley and his wife Theodora, the original owners of this home, combined parts of their first names to name their beautiful estate. The mature and expansive gardens invite you to enjoy over 35 Hydrangeas of multiple varieties including, Traditional, Pee Gee, Lace Leaf, Panicle and Endless Summer. The other main theme of the gardens at Bendora are roses with over 30, including Cape Cod Fairy, Emily Carr, Lady Elsie May, Knockouts and American. Surrounding the main event of Hydrangeas and Rose are perennials of Asiatic Lilies, Daylilies, Casablanca Lilies, Dahlias, Rose of Sharon, multiple varieties of Phlox, Bee Balm, Moonbeam Coreopsis and Purple Haze. Scattered throughout the gardens and flowing from garden containers, for season long color, are annuals of Verbena, Zinnias, Victoria Blue salvia, geraniums and more. Directions: Left off 6A onto Main St, right to stay on Main, left onto Grove.

    #5 A Nook of Nature, Opposite 4 Bankowski St, Sandwich
    This Cape-style home is surrounded by a 360º cottage garden that includes many varieties of trees (Magnolia, Japanese Maple, Holly,) shrubs, perennials, succulents and annuals, including many flowering varieties. A selection of hydrangeas, day lilies, and hosta of varied sizes and coloration are spread around the garden along with some hidden and not so hidden surprises. The garden is also home to a twin-waterfall goldfish pond that provides a perfect spot for relaxation and meditation. The garden is accessible via an easement located adjacent to #4 Bankowski Street, just off of Rte. 130 in Sandwich. Parking is on-street only and some short walking around the corner may be necessary. Follow the stone driveway next to the red mailbox to access the Nook of Nature.

    #6 Eco-Inspired Garden, 16 Woodridge Rd, Sandwich
    A garden project that turned into an ecology minded backyard retreat. The negative impact of planting grass only and mowing week after week, inspired the motivation to blend beauty, nature and sustainability. From this: a perennial garden was born. Starting with a love for daylilies and hostas, the spaces in between have been filled with wildflower garden perennials, in all shapes and sizes, culminating in an eclectic garden that even the neighbors adore. Each year brings a new level of garden engagement and surprises. For instance, follow the eco friendly walkways made from shells and composted garden materials through and around the gardens and into the woods. See how stonewalls have been added to support the landscape from erosion. Like all gardens it is a work in progress, but the partnership pays off between the interchanging design where nature has a mind of its own, and this owner learns how to work with it. Directions: From 6A turn onto Quaker Meeting House Rd, left onto Woodridge. 

    The proceeds from the garden tours will benefit the Thornton Burgess Society Green Briar Nature Center. Admission: $5. Rain or Shine.