Connie Q. Umberger, Nantucket Lighthouse School grandmother and former Chair of the Board founded the Nantucket Garden Festival as a fundraiser for the Nantucket Lighthouse School, which has long used gardens and gardening as an educational tool.
Throughout the years, the Festival has celebrated island gardening through informative workshops, exquisite garden tours, educational and inspirational keynote addresses, creative family activities, parties and more.
Past Keynote Presenters Include:
2018 - Landscape Designer, Educator and Author Thomas Rainer of Phyto Studio.
2017 - Landscape Designer and Author Rick Darke, Gardens of the High Line.
2016 - Russell Morash, Founder of The Victory Garden and This Old House, and Gordon Hayward, Author and Garden Designer.
2015 - Author and Garden Designer Rochelle Greayer of Pith & Vigor.
2014 - Author C.L. Fornari
2013 - Author Amy Stewart and Garden Designer George Schoellkopf
2012 - Stephanie Cohen, Author and "Perennial Diva" and Sheila Brady, Landscape Architect.
2011 - Author Page Dickey
2010 - Horticulturist and Author Tracy DiSabato-Aust, Plantsman Russell Stafford and Authors Noel Kingsbury and Stephen Orr
A special thank you to the Nantucket Garden Festival Committee and Advisory Committee.