Flower Magazine

JUL-AUG 2018

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W ABOVE: Shasta daisies, lavender, and gaura border the bluestone walkway edged in aromatic thyme. OPPOSITE: A sundial birdbath in the courtyard garden. PREVIOUS PAGES: Drifts of native and naturalized plants, including swamp mallow, bee balm, clethra, sweet fern, and Rosa rugosa, playfully tumble toward the harbor. The courtyard garden features perennials such as echinacea, buddleia, liatris, and various biannuals and annuals. WHETHER SUN-SPLASHED AND SPARKLING or moody and cloudy, Nantucket's rolling, heath-carpeted moors, pristine white beaches, and skyline of church steeples present such a harmoniously beguiling setting that it's almost impossible to resist its embrace. And that's what happened to Philadelphians Laura and Bill Buck more than 20 years ago. "We sailed into the harbor on a friend's boat en route to Maine," Laura recalls. "We had never been there before, and I was captivated by everything, including its whaling history, rose-covered cottages, historic preservation and land conservation ethos, and arts and culture scene." At the time, the Bucks were perfectly happy with their New Jersey shore house of 26 years—located less than two hours from Bill's office, it allowed for midweek getaways when the impulse struck—and were not looking for another house, "let alone one that was a challenge to reach," Bill says. However, during subsequent visits, he began to feel Nantucket's irresistible pull as well, and after Laura confessed she would love to have a house there, they opted for a rental. Then, on a whim, the day before returning to Philadelphia, they toured a property with fabulous views of the busy harbor. "Before we knew what was happening, we were buying it," laughs Laura. In swift order, they demolished the existing, unsalvage- able structure and hired Nantucket architect Lyman Perry to design a traditional cedar-shake house with fine moldings and details that would become the backdrop for their collection of Nantucket ephemera. They christened it "Bucktucket." J U LY/A U G U S T 2 0 1 8 | 55

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