Russell Morash Chair in Childhood Horticulture

Russell Morash has been a longtime friend of Nantucket Lighthouse School and an inspiration to generations of gardeners and farmers. From conducting workshops with our faculty and contributing to the success of the school's Nantucket Garden Festival, Russ was the obvious choice to serve as the Chair of our horticulture studies and as an advisor to our Horticulture Teacher, Caren Oberg. We are thrilled to work with Russ in this capacity and we are very grateful for his support of our efforts.

"I am honored to support the school in its continuing effort to introduce children to gardening. I know from personal experience that learning to garden can be an incredible stimulant. It is a key to understanding how nature works and what part we “humans” must play to protect it for generations to come. I wish I had started my gardening education in a nurturing setting like the one now being created at Nantucket Lighthouse School, so of course I will help in any way I can to share with others the joy I get from this wonderful activity." - Russell Morash

Read more about our Educational Garden and horticulture curriculum.

This program is made possible with thanks to Charity Benz who genersously provided the initial funding needed to launch the Russell Morash Chair in Childhood Horticulture Fund. We are most grateful for her support of our school garden and her commitment to the education of our students.

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Give the Gift of Education


Join us in honoring Russell Morash for his lifelong dedication to education and his support of Nantucket Lighthouse School. Your tax-deductible contribution will support:


  • Nine weekly classes for students in preschool through eighth grade
  • A four-season gardening curriculum
  • Partnerships with island non-profits and collaborations with community resources for field trips, research and citizen science initiatives


Supporters of the Russell Morash Chair in Childhood Horticulture

Sustainer - three-year recurring gift
D. Anne and Rick Atherton
Charity Benz
Logan Gomes
Julia and Stephen Maury
Rachael Freeman Slosek and Sam Slosek


Founder - $5,000+
Beverly Hall and David Billings


Cultivator - $1,000 - $4,999
Ritchie Battle
Tina Fiertz
Elizabeth Galvin
Lulie and Gordon Gund
Cassandra Henderson
Toni and Mike Massie
Carol and Robert Miller
Marian and Russell Morash
Amy and Henry Sanford
Thekla and Donald Shackelford


Nurturer - $500 - $999
Cary Hazlegrove and Andy Bullington
Carol March Emerson Cross
Margaret and John Falk
Sarah Holton-Roth and Mark Lucas
Evelyn and Matthew MacEachern
Mary Jane and William MacLean
Jane and John Miller
Ann and Craig Muhlhauser
Susan and Stephen O'Brien
Deborah Pilla
Georgia Ann Snell


Grower - $250 - $499
Nancy and Doug Abbey
Susan and Coleman Burke
Kirsten and Tyrone Featherly
Pauline Proch


Sower - $100 - $249
Victoria Cote
Tessa Cressman and Jim Garrels
Penny Dey
Michelle Elzay
Dorothy Fallon
Kristin Graham
Suzy and Richard Grote
Linda and Joe Hale
Leslie Heiden
Virginia Kinney
Denise Korngold
Kate Miller
Siobhan O'Mahoney
Pamela Perun
Melissa and Nat Philbrick
Melissa and Greg Raith
Robert Sarkisian
Joan Stockman and Jacques Zimicki
Barbara and Kyle Zachary


Gardener - $50 - $99
Carol Bellmaine
Emily Miller and Schuyler Kuhl
Eric Verney


Farmer - $25 - $49
Alisa Allegrini
Mohr Gardening