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Window Boxes of Nantucket

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When I landed in Nantucket, navigating my way through the charming narrow streets of downtown became a frustrating exercise (there was a funeral and three blocks of the center of town had been closed off and turned into parking lots). The saving grace was that as I inched my way along, I had plenty of time to closely admire the wealth and variety of plant material in the window boxes and containers of almost every shop and house. Not only was everything fresh and well maintained but the designs were sophisticated, both in color selection and varieties of material. My blood pressure went down with every floral vignette I viewed, reminding me again of the many reasons to have a garden…if only in a window box.

I made note at that point to share these on a post; my three day stay was then dedicated to seeking out the best and most inspiring window boxes I could find, whether in downtown or out in the smaller communities of ‘Sconset, Wauwinet and Polpis. Happy planting and planning for next year!

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Thank you to the lovely ladies of the Nantucket Garden Club for inviting me to judge their beguiling flower show, “Meet me on Nantucket.”

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About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

6 thoughts on “Window Boxes of Nantucket

  1. Thanks go to you, Bettie, for traveling to Nantucket to be a judge at our Green Thumb Flower Show. Loved meeting you.

  2. Betttie,

    What a nice surprise. Flowers are so beautiful all around us if we just slow down, open our eyes, and smell their fragrance.
    Without the funeral, you may not have stopped to admire and photograph all those lovely window boxes. They are all so personal and unique.


    1. Wonderful take,Johnnie, on the positive in this situation. Thank you!

  3. I always love the window boxes! Some of the unusual color and plant combinations are so inspirational!
    Thanks for sharing!

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