As a landscape architect, it’s not every day you’re presented with the challenge of moving some 3,000 trees—Christmas trees, at that. But that’s exactly what Janice Parker faced when interior designer Darren Henault tapped her to work on the 53-acre grounds of his new home with his husband, Michael Bassett, in Millbrook, New York. The land was formerly a Christmas tree farm, and it wasn’t in great shape when he bought it. “The farm and the land had been abandoned and neglected for several years before Darren and Michael took a leap of faith and purchased it,” says Parker. Before diving into a redesign, she and Henault surveyed the entire property, not only plotting the evergreens but also discovering groves of other trees, such as maple and apple. “We were surprised by the small, ornamental tree plantings we found on another field, separate from the Christmas trees,” Parker notes. “This ‘nursery’ had been uncared for but held some wonderful specimens of trees that were salvaged, and have since become beautiful features and key moments in the gardens.”
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