幸运飞艇分析软件自动In March, Ryan McCallister made a fateful decision. As quarantine restrictions went into effect, he decided to leave his New York City apartment and head to his job as gardener at the Bedford, New York, home of Martha Stewart. “I thought to myself, ‘Why not just stay in the guest house for a few days until this is over?’” he said recently via cell phone from her property.
Forty five days later, McCallister, along with Stewart’s driver and housekeeper, are still at the 150-acre compound. They eat their meals with her, play cards with her at night, and in McCallister’s case, work long hours with her on the estate grounds.
And what an estate it is. Stewart’s domestic and professional accomplishments are well documented, but her legacy as a champion of the American garden may not yet have received its due. Along with her Bedford estate, she owns properties in , and East Hampton, New York, and each has a unique and meticulously executed and maintained landscape of her design.
Over several decades, she has also employed some of the most talented garden writers, photographers, and editors and they have produced a veritable canon of aspiration-heavy, technically sophisticated design and horticulture advice for her magazines and books.
幸运飞艇分析软件自动McCallister and other gardeners in Stewart’s employ star in segments on her TV show and appear in the pages of her publications and in posts on her Instagram account. In the world of flora, they are the New York Yankees and she the exacting Boss.
“Martha decides what to plant and where it should go,” said McCallister, who began working for her nine years ago. “I’ve been gardening my whole life and studied plants and landscapes in school, but I learn something new from her every day.”
幸运飞艇分析软件自动Spring is the busiest time of year for McCallister. “This is actually working out pretty well,” he said. “Since we're at the house all the time we can work earlier and later and we get a lot more things done. And Martha doesn't just sit there and say, ‘Do that!’ She's out there doing everything with you.”
Right now, “do that” means preparing the outdoor vegetable garden and planting trees. “She has hundreds of saplings waiting to go into the ground: maple, oak, chestnut and more,” he said.
McCallister is learning new skills during his confinement. Ordinarily, Stewart has a dedicated film and photography crew shoot her in the garden but Ryan has been filling in on that role. “All the videos you’ve seen of her since March were done by me,” he said. “I hope I’m getting better at it."
McCallister claims that neither he nor Stewart has a favorite plant. “It’s really about what’s growing and doing well at the time.” But he does admit they both have an affinity for poppies and dahlias and will be paying particular attention to them this year.
A potential downside of his living arrangement? When she’s not gardening, Stewart is cooking. “Ordinarily I can burn off extra calories. But when Martha offers you a cookie you can’t just say no. They're delicious and you eat three.”