Sarah Trumbore Designed Her Home Garden to Be a True Family Hangout

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A designer’s not-so-magic formula cutting backyard offers a clean relatives hangout as perfectly as beautiful blossoms.


Pink zinnia, verbena, and lavender. / Photograph by Jared Kuzia / Styling by Alisa Kapinos/Type Productions

Concealed behind the garage of Sarah DiMascio’s Chestnut Hill Tudor Revival is anything incredibly unexpected—a glorious profusion of blooming bouquets, herbs of all varieties, and far more than enough veggies to share the bounty with neighbors (and the occasional squirrel). The garden, pea stone patio, and 3 elevated beds offer DiMascio, her spouse, Joe sons Logan, six, and Jack, three and a pup named Finley a tranquil, secluded area to loosen up and entertain, as well as get their fingers filthy.

The seed of an concept was first planted in the interior designer’s mind when the couple acquired the dwelling in 2016. DiMascio, whose style and design agency ST Studio is centered in Chestnut Hill, preferred someplace to improve vegetables, so she and her partner mounted two tiny, raised beds in the yard. Sometime later, they hired John Haven of LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects to acquire a grasp plan for the region. Following viewing the beds, he “ran with the idea for a cutting garden”—a location to grow bouquets intended for bouquets and desk arrangements, claims DiMascio (who uses the surname Trumbore professionally).

Inside designer Sarah DiMascio stands in her cutting backyard garden where she grows bouquets, herbs, and vegetables, including pink zinnia, verbena, and lavender. Crabapple trees and David Austin roses populate the back again of the backyard garden. / Photograph by Jared Kuzia / Styling by Alisa Kapinos/Fashion Productions

The family enjoys eating on the terrace, positioned on the other side of the garden from the reducing backyard garden, or in the screened porch driving it. / Photograph by Jared Kuzia / Styling by Alisa Kapinos/Style Productions

But DiMascio didn’t want to use the area solely for gardening: She needed her household to cling out there, also. “It turned the destination bookend to the over-all design and style,” Haven states, drawing people today away from the seating terrace off the back of the dwelling. “It’s on the loop of circulation all over the house, so there is a large amount of movement and passage by way of the yard.”

Phil Mastroianni Corp. Landscape Building fenced in the 28-by-42-foot space and surrounded it with boxwood hedges. In the spring, daffodil and tulip bulbs that were being buried right before the winter in the new cedar beds bloom 1st. Then, DiMascio, with enable from her two sons (who adore to dig close to in the dirt), begins planting tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, snapdragons, cosmos, and zinnias.

Absolutely nothing provides the designer extra pleasure than retreating to the garden—“I’ll provide my laptop computer out there and my coffee and do some function,” DiMascio says, “or we’ll go to enjoy the boys participate in with their trucks in the pea stone”—but attractive bouquets of flowers developed just outside the house her back again doorway sense like icing on the cake.

DiMascio suggests she bought her inspiration from cookbook writer Ina Garten’s back garden in East Hampton. Each the finials and the raised beds built by the landscape contractor are built of cedar. / Picture by Jared Kuzia / Styling by Alisa Kapinos/Style Productions

The potting bench, made by DiMascio’s father, was modeled after just one she noticed on the net. “I modified the dimensions a bit so it could suit beneath the eaves of the garage,” states the designer, who painted it “Essex Green” by Benjamin Moore slice with 90 percent black, so it is extremely dim. / Photograph by Jared Kuzia / Styling by Alisa Kapinos/Design Productions

Inside Designer
ST Studio

Landscape Architect
LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects

Landscape Contractor
Phil Mastroianni Corp. Landscape Development