Susan Payson Burke

New York, New York


Susan Burke gardens in multiple locations, beginning thirty-five years ago with a cottage garden around an 1805 farmhouse in Bedford, New York. She has been working on her “garden by the sea” on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, for twenty years, and began work on a quasi-Japanese garden at her home in Florida three years ago. Her Nantucket garden was “archived” for the Smithsonian in 2012. She serves on the board of the New York Botanical Garden and on the horticulture committee at Wave Hill, Bronx, New York; is a member of the Bedford Garden Club and a founding member of the Garden Club of America. In addition, Susan has served on the board of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She is former public relations and publicity director for Bergdorf Goodman, vice president of Calisch Associates, and advertising director at Frances Denny; and worked in marketing and public relations for Moet and Chandon.

Susan has been involved with the Garden Conservancy since our very early days, serving on our founding advisory committee in 1989. She joined our board of directors in 2002 and chairs the communications committee of the board. Susan organized the first and many subsequent Garden Conservancy Open Days on Nantucket, and has hosted many Open Days at her garden in Bedford, NY.