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    Logan Gomes, Director of Advancement & Communications (p) 508-228-0427, 
    (e) lgomes@nantucketlighthouseschool.org

    July 3, 2019

    NANTUCKET, MA – 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 16th-18th, this summer marks the 11th 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. 

    Headlining the 2019 event, is Keynote Speaker Eliot Coleman of Four Season Farm. With more than 50 years’ experience in all aspects of organic farming, Eliot Coleman is considered the nation's leading authority on the subject. He has written extensively on organic agriculture since 1975, and his books include The New Organic Grower, Four Season Harvest and The Winter Harvest Handbook. Coleman, a descendent of one of Nantucket’s founding families, is especially looking forward to discussing and teaching sustainable gardening practices to a community his ancestors helped establish. 

    In addition to being a pioneer of organic gardening and farming, Coleman is well-known for his season extending gardening techniques, which allow him to grow produce year-round in northern Maine, and for the tools he designs exclusively for Festival sponsor Johnny’s Selected Seeds. His keynote address is slated for Tuesday, July 16 from 9-11AM at Nantucket Lighthouse School and his hands-on workshop and demonstration (New Tools and Techniques for the New Small Farm) is scheduled for Wednesday, July 17 from 9-11AM at Pumpkin Pond Farm. Both days, Coleman will be introduced by Russell Morash of PBS’s The Victory Garden

    Joining Colman from Four Season Farm in Harborside, Maine is his wife, Barbara Damrosch, accomplished gardener, writer and cookbook author. Damrosch will be giving a talk at the Nantucket Yacht Club on Wednesday, July 17 from 11:30-1:30PM entitled Growing and Cooking the Year Round Harvest, which will be followed by a luncheon that includes some of her favorite summer recipes. This event is open to the public and Nantucket’s beloved chef and co-founder of Straight Wharf restaurant, Marian Morash, will be introducing her.    

    The Festival’s seventeen event line-up also includes growers Ed Bowen and Taylor Johnston of Issima Nursey (Compton, RI), author/gardener and former producer of Martha Stewart Living, Lee Buttala, award-winning floral designer Jill Landry of Beach Plum Event & Floral Design (Marshfield, MA) and Nantucket’s very own Dawn Kelly of Soiree Floral. Local experts Katie Hemingway (Nantucket Grass Roots), Lindsay Curry (Mohr Gardening), Jenne Atherton (Grey Lady Gardens), Lu Macchiavelli (Greg Raith Landscape) and Amy Pallenberg (Amy Pallenberg Design and Care) will lead guided walking tours of some of the island’s most alluring and exquisite properties. Like the workshops, the garden tours, generously sponsored by Surfing Hydrangea Nursery, sell out every year.

    The Festival’s ever-popular Mommy and Me Fairy Garden Tea party, curated by Nantucket Lighthouse School parent Leith Kinney, 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 17 at 6PM.

    “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. 
    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. The school’s own educational garden is comprised of twelve raised cedar beds for growing vegetables, herbs and flowers, generously funded by the Nantucket Land Council; a 17'x28' hoop house, funded by 2014 Nantucket Garden Festival Soirée guests; and a Pollinator Garden, funded by the Nantucket Garden Club. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the school.
    The full schedule of events is located on the Festival’s website: www.nantucketgardenfestival.org. Reservations can be made online or via phone (508) 228-0427.