Garden Conservancy Tour | Nantucket, MA
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Visit 5 “Secret” Gardens on Nantucket

This Thursday, June 25, the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program features 5 private gardens in Nantucket open to the public for one day only. This is a rare opportunity to explore a range of carefully created outdoor settings on private property. Sites will welcome guests from 10 am to 4 pm, and admission to each garden is $7. Open Days take place rain or shine.

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Photo credit: Cary Hazlegrove.

HILL HOUSE (3 Lincoln Avenue) is an example of classic Nantucket style. Centered in a cottage-style front courtyard with 3 tiers of rear gardens facing Nantucket Sound, the property occupies a corner spot stretching along historic Cobblestone Hill. Cutting gardens with vibrant yellow and purples, a naturalistic meadow and a sweeping view of Nantucket town are highlights.

Garden Conservancy Tour | Nantucket, MACARDEA (2 Bayberry Lane) features a shaded woodland garden at the edge of the State Forest. The space has been designed organically to extend the forest experience. Varied nature settings, benches, patios, a small pond, greenhouse and a gazebo, have been incorporated along the paths.

Garden Conservancy Tour | Nantucket, MAHUSSEY STREET SUNKEN GARDEN (7 Hussey Street) has been designed to honor the historic significance of the home, built in 1804. Old stone walls have been incorporated into a new garden design, along with lush hydrangeas and a dense hornbeam hedge. A more intimate space along Quince Street offers a striking all-white garden with a single Bloodgood Japanese maple as centerpiece.

Garden Conservancy Tour | Nantucket, MAFirst begun in early 2013, visitors to BELLS5.CALM (7 Cabot Lane) will view a new installation and interpretation of the property’s original garden. The design showcases a blend of historic and modern aesthetics. The rear garden includes a spa water feature and large masses of late blooming Russian sage, overlooking Nantucket Sound and the bird sanctuary below.

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Photo credit: Grey Lady Gardens.

13 EASTON STREET (13 Easton Street) is a new garden now growing into maturity. First installed in the spring of 2013, it complements the property with a palette of white, purple and light pink.

The Nantucket Garden Conservancy created the Open Days program in 1995 as a means of introducing the public to gardening: All photos courtesy of gardenconservancy.org