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,

Winter has settled in on Nantucket. As we turn the calendar to 2023, the Nantucket Garden Club is hard at work preparing for our Spring and Summer events, along with our design and maintenance of the Main Street fountain and of the Saltmarsh Center native plant garden.

The Nantucket Garden Club completed a successful 2022 season. What a fabulous season it was! Our signature main events such as the 46th Annual Daffodil Show, Art in Bloom floral gallery show and the 66th Annual House and Garden Tour took place with record attendance and community participation. Please mark your calendars with save the dates for the following:

  • 47th Annual Daffodil Show, “Seas of Daffodils” at Bartlett’s Ocean View Farm: April 29-30, 2023
  • 67th Annual House and Garden Tour, “Summer on Orange”: August 2, 2023

This 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