Nantucket Window Boxes

JUST 30 MILES OFF THE COAST ON NEW ENGLAND’S Cape Cod lies the pristine beauty of Nantucket. Perhaps the distance from the mainland helps to maintain a charm existing in few other places. Grey shingles, boats in the harbor, roses and hydrangeas spilling over fences, and magnificent window boxes make Nantucket an extraordinary place. Upon arrival visitors are awed by the the charm of the cobblestone streets and the natural blend of cottages with the grandeur of the captains’ houses.

There are more than 800 antebellum homes in the historic district, most built during Nantucket’s reign as the whaling capital of the world from 1750 to 1850. The overall simplicity of the structures makes the perfect back drop for window boxes, which range from formal to cottage style and everything in between.

The different styles weave together to connect with the landscape and produce a splendid show of colors and textures that work all over the island. The well placed flowers bring pleasure with continuous ribbons of color. Window boxes are simply beautiful gardens in miniature while the flowers in them are like dear old friends.

Whether wandering up the cobblestone streets and winding paths or sitting on a bench overlooking the harbor, window boxes are a strong presence, creating a sense of place and charm for residents and visitors alike on Nantucket Island.

About the Book

The book’s lovely linen cover makes a stunning presentation, and photographs capture Nantucket Island and the magnificent window boxes that bring the historical cottages to life. Martin McGowan, "The Sconset Gardener" adds useful information on how to create a successful window box. Plants featured in the window box photographs are identified in the index, which proves to be helpful to gardeners. Nantucket Window Boxes is the perfect hostess gift. It serves as a fantastic resource guide. The book pairs beautifully with Nantucket Hydrangeas, published by Morgan Press Books in 2013.

Available at the following Locations:

Flowers on Chestnut: 
Phone: (508) 228-6007 

Mitchell's Book Corner: 
Phone: (508) 228-1080 

Nantucket Bookworks: 
Phone: (508)-228-4000

Novel. Memphis:
Phone: (901) 922-5526

Palladio Antiques and Art:
Phone: (901)-276-3808  

Phone: 901-766-988

lilacs and hydrangeas
window box with planted hydrangeas


“A wonderful companion to the author's previous release, Nantucket Hydrangeas, this book has gorgeous photos that inspired me to try to figure out how to add window boxes to my own home. Additionally, the author has supplied a guide identifying all the plant materials in the photos of her book. In my opinion, that brings extra value to this book as I am a novice gardener.” - By Jill F

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