Celebrating 10 Years!


As featured in Garden Design Magazine and Boston Design Guide, the Nantucket Garden Festival is a nationally-recognized celebration of horticulture, design and sustainability that attracts over 500 participants to Nantucket Island each July. Through workshops and keynote lectures with world-renowned authors and industry leaders, personalized tours in the island’s most exquisite gardens and hands-on family activities, the Nantucket Garden Festival highlights the unique and beautiful garden ecosystems on Nantucket and focuses on the importance of sustainability, conservation and gardening ethics for the long-term health of the island.  

Scheduled for July 17th-19th, 2018, this summer marks the 10th anniversary of this signature Nantucket event. Over the course of three days, locally celebrated and nationally-known leaders in horticulture will lead educational workshops, lectures and garden tours. Presenters thus far include Russell Morash of PBS’s The Victory Garden, New Hampshire based author and garden designer Gordon Hayward, and Nantucket’s Megan Soverino of Isle de Flores. Local experts Katie Hemingway (Nantucket Grass Roots), Julie Wood (Hither Creek Gardener) and Amy Pallenberg (Amy Pallenberg Design and Care) will lead guided walking tours of some of the island’s most alluring and exquisite properties. The 2018 keynote presenter will be announced next month.

The Festival’s ever-popular Mommy and Me Fairy Garden Tea party, curated by Nantucket Lighthouse School parents, will be offered twice this year, and the signature Garden Soirée will be hosted in the garden of the historic Middle Brick on Wednesday, July 18th at 6PM.

2018 Media Partners include Garden Design Magazine and Boston Design Guide.

“We are thrilled with the caliber of our offerings and the fact that there is truly something for everyone – from the life-long gardener to someone with an appreciation for art and design,” shared Nantucket Garden Festival Committee Member Candice Tétrault. “We are honored to have the opportunity to tour Russ Morash’s Victory Garden in Shawkemo and learn from an accomplished designer like Gordon Hayward.” 

The Festival raises operating funds for Nantucket Lighthouse School, which has long used gardens and gardening as an educational tool. An independent day school serving 100 island children, preschool through 8th grade, Nantucket Lighthouse School was founded in 1999 and offers a unique integrated curriculum that utilizes project-based learning, making a child’s world their classroom.

Festival registration will open in May and details can be found here.