After photographing hundreds of other gardens, Stacy Bass gets some perspective on her own gorgeous landscape
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Since photographer Stacy Bass and her husband, Howard, moved into this house on the waters of Long Island Sound nearly eighteen years ago, it’s gone through some major
changes. Part one involved a gut renovation completed in 2010 that brought the home up to date in contemporary style (the results of which appeared in the Sept./Oct. 2011 issue of athome). And part two, where the couple addressed the outdoor areas of their home, followed a few years later, when the Bass’s realized the inside no longer matched the outside. The landscape project also served as a chance for Stacy to finally present her own point of view on the subject, something she felt strongly about, particularly after the publication of her book, In The Garden, in 2012.
“As a garden photographer, I’m always asked about what kind of gardens I have. And for years and years, I used to have to say, I don’t really have a garden,” says Bass. “I felt like I needed to have a perspective on it and find a way to express my point of view.”
After seeing landscape architect Sean Jancski’s work at the 2011 A-List Awards, Bass called on him for her project and, of course, she had no shortage of ideas. In her line of work, she’s seen a lot of beautiful homes and gardens, and had collected ideas that inspired her—and that could also reasonably be re-created on her third-of-an-acre plot.
A garden photographer asking for help with her own garden? “That’s a tall order for a landscape architect,” says Janscski. “It’s a challenge, but challenge is good. It makes you up the bar.”
The two turned out to be the perfect team. Says Bass: “For me, the creation of the garden was all visual. I’m not a horticulturalist; I don’t know what flowers do well in what light—no idea. But I know the shapes of things that I like; I know the texture of things that I like, and I know what colors work well together. I think it was a great merger of Sean’s expertise in landscape architecture and horticulture, and my visual approach to it.”