Thornton W. Burgess Society

Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen


Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival

Special Program

We are partnering with the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival to offer 4 beautiful premiere garden tours in Sandwich. Located in some of the town’s prettiest areas, this event will encourage your gardening goals and relationship to beauty in nature. Learn from a set of thoughtful gardeners who showcase the multiple sides of gardening and cultivation.

Wednesday, July 13th 10am-4pm Rain or Shine

Tickets $5 per garden

Call or Stop in for Tickets at:

Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen
6 Discovery Hill Road
East Sandwich, MA 02537

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
869 Main Street (Route 6A)
Brewster, MA 02631


#1 Award Winning Shirley G. Cross Wildflower Garden

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 on going 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 and the Thornton Burgess Museum will be open for learning. Facilities available and accessible. 

#2 Tidal Marsh Garden

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.

#3 Hidden Garden

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.

#4 A Nook of Nature

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.


  • 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM