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Gorgeous Garden at a Historic Home

An overgrown Tudor home and garden is magnificently restored

Written by Rebecca Christian
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Matthew Benson

Frank Mariani, who played on the fields of the estate as a boy, saw past volunteer trees poking through the home’s massive double-hung windows. As owner of Mariani Landscape, he envisioned how to incorporate what remained—interesting tree selections and a few ornamentals—into the spectacular grounds of today.

He and wife Sherri bought the 1929 home and its contents in 1986, a few years after the death of its original owner, George Rasmussen, a Danish immigrant and member of the family that started the National Tea grocery chain. Sherri, a yoga teacher whose studio is on this pesticide-free property, loves the vegetable garden, where she can pick dinner and serve it on a silver platter “that always makes me smile.” A remnant from the days when the place was a prizewinning dairy farm, the platter is engraved “Bessie, 1937.”