The author, horticulturist Kelly Norris, will give the keynote


The Investigator and the Mirror

(May 8, 2022) The Nantucket Garden Festival has announced that Kelly D. Norris will be the keynote speaker this year presenting Plants with Style” during lunch at the Straight Wharf Restaurant on Wednesday, July 13.

Norris is the former director of horticulture and education at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, where for eight years he led design, conservation, programming, garden and facility management efforts after having Acted as owner’s representative for nearly $20 million in capital projects.

He is one of the greatest horticulturists of his generation. Award-winning author and plant man, Norris’ work has been featured in The New York Times, Better homes and gardens, Martha Stewart alive, Fine gardening and garden design and in numerous television, radio and digital media appearances.

His passion for planting at the intersections of horticulture and ecology has resulted in a new book, “New Naturalism: Designing and Planting a Resilient, Ecologically Vibrant Home Garden,” which debuts in 2021 from Cool Springs Press. .

Norris has been recognized by various organizations, including three awards from the Iowa State Horticultural Society for his service and contributions to horticulture in Iowa; Early Career and Young Professionals Awards from the Perennial Plant Association, GardenComm and the American Horticultural Society; a Zone Horticulture Commendation from the Garden Club of America; the Iowa Author Award for Special Interest Writing, the youngest Iowan to be recognized in the awards program’s history; and a grant from the Chanticleer Foundation for her work in plant conservation and exploration at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.

He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in horticulture from Iowa State University.

For more information on the 2022 Nantucket Garden Festival, click here.

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