Conservation = Do Your Part

Photo by Heidi Drew

The Nantucket Garden Club promotes better knowledge and love  of gardening, plants, flowers, and horticulture, contributes  to the beauty of Nantucket, and supports conservation initiatives that protect the island’s fragile and historic environment.

Dear Nantucket Community,

The Spring of 2023 on Nantucket has been a beautiful one. Daffodils were abundant and provided waves of vibrant color throughout the island. The Nantucket Garden Club continues their work of planting and maintaining the Main Street fountain with glorious daffodils and bulbs, helping to welcome Spring for the island community and visitors alike.

The 47th Annual Daffodil Show, “Seas of Daffodils”, took place at Bartlett’s Ocean View Farm on April 29th-30th. Strong attendance and community participation contributed to a record number of entries in many categories. The monetary donations collected during the show will continue to support further purchase and planting of daffodil bulbs on island through our Daffodil Bulb Planting Fund. Thank you to all who contributed.

Please mark your calendars with a save the date for the following:

  • 67th Annual House and Garden Tour, “Summer on Orange”: August 2, 2023

Tickets may be purchased online by clicking on the link above, along with viewing further details.

This past season the Nantucket Garden Club successfully contributed to the island community by participating in the following:

  • Annual Clean Team/NGC members partnership
  • Maintenance of the historic gardens at the Hadwen House
  • Creation of beautiful seasonal displays in the Main Street fountain
  • Window Box competition for downtown business owners
  • Saltmarsh Center native plant and coastal resilient garden was created as a club conservation community project
  • Re-Bloom was created and initiated. Flowers from events were repurposed by club members and distributed to individuals and nonprofits for enjoyment rather than being thrown away

The Nantucket Garden Club, in partnership with the Nantucket Land Council, announced their Conservation Commendation project. Property owners and businesses throughout the community were encouraged to apply for recognition of best practices in native gardening and traditional turf lawn reduction that encourage biodiversity, reducing impact on our waters and withstanding the ravages of increasingly severe weather conditions. This season four properties met the criteria and were recognized at our Annual Meeting in August.  Please click on the Conservation Commendation link above.

Proudly, the Nantucket Garden Club continues to provide scholarships and community grants. Community grants are awarded to charitable, civic and government groups that qualify as tax exempt for programs that benefit the public and contribute to the beauty of Nantucket. In 2022 the Nantucket Garden Club bestowed community grants to the following organizations:

  • Housing Nantucket
  • Maria Mitchell Association
  • Nantucket Historical Association
  • Sherburne Commons (two grants)
  • Small Friends Daycare
  • Sustainable Nantucket

Annually, scholarships are awarded to Nantucket students who major in studies aligned with our mission, such as landscape design, botany, ecology and environmental studies. This Fall seven Nantucket High School graduates are in college programs as Nantucket Garden Club scholarship recipients.

Dedication continues towards island initiatives that support our mission. Strong, ongoing partnerships with island organizations also continue, with the hope of increased future opportunities. A long history of giving to the island community remains.

Please consider a donation to the Nantucket Garden Club to support our continued good work for the island. Thank-you for your consideration and generosity.

Christine Dean
President, Nantucket Garden Club