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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 six beautiful gardens at your leisure anytime between 10am and 4pm.  A ticket covering all six gardens may be purchased for $25 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

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, come learn about wildflowers. Tours of the Wildflower Garden will be going on throughout the day with complimentary refreshments. The gorgeous garden beds of the Jam Kitchen will also be in bloom. Jam will be available for tasting. Facilities open and Accessible. Directions: Off of 6A / Old Kings Hwy, turn onto Discovery Hill Rd. Look for visible Green Briar sign on 6A

#2 Mirage Water Gardens      Owner: Stephen Lynch
210 Farmersville Rd., Sandwich, MA 02537

Arborist turned water garden connoisseur, designer and business owner, come see the property that makes the business a success. From studio to nursery, seed bog, greenhouse, nature paths, personal collections and one of a kind designs, witness a passion for rare and unique, native and wild. An artist with wood, stone and metal, decorative pieces with purpose fill the property with driftwood and stone fountains to bent brass birdhouses. Here is a garden that boasts blooms 365 days of the year and a rare carnivorous plant collection native only to the kettle ponds of Cape Cod. With an arboristís love for variety and a purest passion for rare and collectibles many trees decorate the working landscape which also is home to a broad display of native wildflowers. Owner will be talking with guest throughout the day. Directions: From 6A take route 130, left on Cotuit Rd., left on Farmersville Rd. Look for large driftwood heart on edge of driveway.

Mirage Gardens   Mirage 2


#3 Time Honored Garden     Owners:  Phyllis & Donald Helfrich
7 Jeannes Way, Forestdale, MA 02644

A lovely and mature informal garden with a little bit of everything. Tall oaks and pines are the backdrop for the extensive backyard space that features a variety of shrubs, perennials and annuals set off by a 100 foot long stone wall with steps leading to the back of the garden. The steps feature a unique rustic railing beautifully handcrafted from a recently cut red cedar tree. The setting is highlighted by a small fish pond/water garden with a lively waterfall, a stick arbor, and stone-lined paths that wind through the wooded section. Hanging baskets, planters, garden sculptures (including many owls and hedgehogs), and wind chimes accent the garden and brick patio. Numerous laurels, rhododendrons and hydrangeas surround the traditional Cape home. Directions: From route 130 / Forestdale Road, turn on Jeannes Way

Helfrich Garden


#4 Home is Where Your Garden Grows   Owner:  Allen Tassinari
14 Shawme Rd., Sandwich, MA 02563

A gardener new to Sandwich has dug right in and turned his home into a floral haven. The property is outlined in fieldstone garden beds, laid and designed by the homeowner, filled with native and traditional flora, as well as, many drought tolerant plantings and many decorative annuals and perennials. A dedicated Ďorganicí gardener who prioritizes his yardís harmony with nature - based on season, sun, shade, pollinators, landscape and enthusiasm. See how nature and landscape together can bring out the best in oneís blooms. Colorful garden beds include: rose, zinnia, rugosa, false sunflower, cleome, daisy, hosta, coneflower, primrose and more! Directions: From route 130, turn on Shawme Rd

     Tassinary Garden     Tassinary Garden 2


#5 Garden Quilt and Glass    Owner:  Beth Friend
187 Main St., Sandwich, MA 02563

Cape Cod blue hydrangeas line the shell driveway and doting flower boxes light the windows of the historic home built by Stephen Fessenden circa 1820. The home will be open to tour in addition to the gardens surrounding it. Fessenden was the chief glass maker for Deming Jarves at the Boston & Sandwich Glass Co. Todayís homeowner tours the Cape giving historical lectures on arts and crafts and many prized examples fill her home - period quilts, red and yellow ware and much more will be on display. Once outside follow the brick pathway to a lighted pergola filled with baskets of flowers. Tiger lilies, day lilies, poppies, hibiscus, various hydrangeas and much more will be blooming. Figurines/small flights of fancy are hidden among the blooms. The owner will be sharing her knowledge throughout the day. Directions: From route 130, turn right onto Beale Ave., left onto Main St.


#6 Abracadabra Garden     Owners:  Bob King/Tobin Wirt
9 Summer St., Sandwich, MA 02563

A garden whose guise is charm and a layout that understands display in a quaint cape cod village setting. Dahlias of many shades, morning glories finding their way, a grapevine as old as day that shades a pergola beneath it. Well planned perennials and annuals will be blooming their magic, as well as, several examples of hydrangeas in shades of pink to blue to deep purple. Further inspiration grows in a hearty vegetable patch that will be bearing food for summertime harvest. The wonder of this abracadabra garden is one would never guess that it exists. From the street it is hidden behind a too-high-to-peek-over privet hedge. A privacy that extends the gardenís enchantment. Directions: Continue on Main St., right on Summer St. 

   Bob King Garden 2     Bob King Garden







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