THE HISTORY OF THE NANTUCKET GARDEN FESTIVAL

Grandmother to Nantucket Lighthouse School alumni, former Nantucket Lighthouse School Chair of the Board, and talented gardener, Connie Q. Umberger, 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. 

Nantucket Garden Festival Committee:
Casey Boukus
Lindsey Cressman
Kaity Farrell
Logan Gomes
Polly Hallowell
Katie Hemingway
Alix Houghton
Michelle Housel
Leith Kinney
Henry Sanford
Bee Shay
Candice Tetrault
Jenne Verney
Holly Witherell
Julie Wood

Advisory Committee:
Caroline Ellis
Cary Hazlegrove
Virginia Kinney
Amy Pallenberg
Dale Rutherford
Connie Umberger

Past Keynote Presenters Include:
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

2009 - Horticulturist Holly Shimizu and David Wheeler, Founder of HORTUS Gardening Journal

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