Sarah Trumbore designed her home garden as a true family gathering place

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A designer’s not-so-secret cut garden offers a fresh family hangout as well as gorgeous blooms.


Pink zinnia, verbena and lavender. / Photo by Jared Kuzia / Styling by Alisa Kapinos/Style Productions

Hidden behind Sarah DiMascio’s garage Chestnut Hill Tudor Revival is something wonderfully unexpected – a glorious profusion of blooming flowers, herbs of all kinds, and more than enough veggies to share the reward with neighbors (and the occasional squirrel). The garden, peastone patio, and three raised beds offer DiMascio, her husband Joe; sons Logan, six, and Jack, three; and a pup named Finley, a peaceful, secluded area to relax, entertain, and get your hands dirty.

When the couple bought the home in 2016, an idea was planted in the interior designer’s head. DiMascio, whose design firm ST Studio is based in Chestnut Hill, wanted something to grow vegetables, so she and her husband installed two small, raised beds in the garden. Some time later, they hired John Haven of LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects to develop a master plan for the area. After seeing the beds, “he ran with the idea for a cut garden” — a place that grows flowers meant for bouquets and table settings, says DiMascio (who uses the surname Trumbore professionally).

Interior designer Sarah DiMascio stands in her garden where she grows flowers, herbs, and vegetables including pink zinnia, verbena, and lavender. Crabapple trees and David Austin roses populate the back of the garden. / Photo by Jared Kuzia / Styling by Alisa Kapinos/Style Productions

The family enjoys dining on the patio, which is across the yard from the cutting garden, or on the screened-in porch beyond. / Photo by Jared Kuzia / Styling by Alisa Kapinos/Style Productions

But DiMascio didn’t want to use the space just for gardening: She wanted her family to hang out there, too. “It became the goal bookend of the overall design,” Haven says, drawing people away from the patio seating at the back of the house. “It’s in the circulation loop around the property, so there’s a lot of movement and passage through the garden.”

Phil Mastroianni Corp. Landscape Construction fenced the 28-by-42-foot space and surrounded it with boxwood hedges. Daffodil and tulip bulbs bloom first in spring, buried in the new cedar beds before winter. Then, with the help of her two sons (who enjoy digging in the dirt), DiMascio begins planting tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, snapdragons, cosmos, and zinnias.

Nothing brings the designer more joy than retiring to the garden — “I’ll bring my laptop and my coffee and get some work done,” says DiMascio, “or we’ll watch the guys play with their trucks in the pea rock ‘ — but gorgeous bouquets of flowers grown right outside her back door feel like the icing on the cake.

DiMascio says she was inspired by cookbook author Ina Garten’s garden in East Hampton. Both the finials and the landscaper-built raised beds are made of cedar. / Photo by Jared Kuzia / Styling by Alisa Kapinos/Style Productions

The pot bench, made by DiMascio’s father, was modeled after a model she had seen online. “I changed the dimensions a bit to fit under the garage eaves,” says the designer, who painted it Benjamin Moore’s Essex Green, which is trimmed at 90 percent black, so it’s very dark. / Photo by Jared Kuzia / Styling by Alisa Kapinos/Style Productions

interior architect
ST Studio

landscape architect
LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects

landscaper
Phil Mastroianni Corp. landscaping

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