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Gallery Exhibits at Green Briar

BOTANICAL DRAWINGS BY DR. SHIRLEY G. CROSS

This exhibition currently on display at the Green Briar Nature Center features some of the botanical drawings in the collection of the Thornton W. Burgess Society by the late Dr. Shirley G. Cross.  Dr. Cross was one of the first women to earn a doctorate in Systematic Botany from Radcliffe College, a rare academic accomplishment in 1939.  She moved to Cape Cod in the 1940’s with her husband, Dr. Chester Cross, also a botanist.  In addition to assisting with the operation and management of the family’s cranberry bogs, she was active in the Sandwich Community as a Scout leader, educator and master gardener.  Dr. Cross knew Thornton Burgess and the Burgess Society’s founder, Nancy Titcomb.  Because of her background in botany and relentless passion for the preservation of nature, she became active in the work of the Society serving this institution as a volunteer, Board member and, for a time, Board President.

 

Her most important contribution to the Burgess Society was the founding of what is now the Shirley G. Cross Wildflower Garden at the Green Briar Nature Center.  She began creating this unique botanical treasure in 1979, the same year the Society acquired the Green Briar property.  Here she provided lectures and garden walks and also worked in humble anonymity planting and weeding in “her garden” until shortly before her death in 2008.  Today the Wildflower Garden continues as a tribute to her love of nature providing a source of beauty, pleasure and respite for thousands of annual visitors.  This exhibit may be viewed Monday –Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Sundays from Noon to 4pm through November.  Green Briar is located at 6 Discovery Hill Road, just off Route 6A in East Sandwich.  508-888-6870

THORNTON W. BURGESS: HIS TIMES, LIFE AND WORK

The Thornton W. Burgess Gallery at the Green Briar Nature Center exhibits memorabilia from the life and times of the famed children’s author, naturalist and Sandwich native {1874-1965].  Over 170 books and 15,000 stories by Burgess chronicle the tales of Peter Rabbit and his animal friends including Jimmy Skunk, Grandfather Frog, Johnny Chuck, Sammy Jay, Reddy Fox, Hooty Owl and many others.  These stories still teach lessons of conservation and love of wildlife to generations of young people.  Parts of this extensive exhibit will be permanent and other parts will change on an annual basis.  This exhibition is funded in part by a grant from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. 


 

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thornton W. Burgess Society
6 Discovery Hill Road
East Sandwich, MA 02537
508-888-6870