They’re growers and show-ers!
The landscaping craftsmen of Bravo’s “Backyard Envy” are taking it all off — and we’re not talking hedge trimming, honey.
Showing off way more than just their green thumbs, Manscapers NY founders James DeSantis, Mel Brasier and Garrett Magee joined their team of skilled gardeners and construction workers in going au natural, enswathed by the earth’s most beautiful vegetation, for the Manscapers NY 2021 charity calendar.
“We wanted to do something to spotlight our community, celebrate the hard work of our company, and of course, provide tons of visual fodder,” said Manscapers NY co-owner and self-crowned plant whisperer, Magee, 35.
“The calendar brings a bit of beauty into the homes of others throughout the year,” added DeSantis, 32. “And it shows off what we know best: beautiful plants and beautiful people.”
Pledging 100 percent of the calendar sale proceeds to a colorful assortment of 12 charities — including the Black Trans Travel Fund, Feed America, the Urban Garden Initiative, City Harvest, and Grow NYC — Magee, DeSantis and Brasier tapped each of their Manscapers models to select a special foundation to benefit.
“We’ve all been giving to these charities for years now,” DeSantis said. “So, to be able to do something publicly, and with our voices, and visually, it’s really important to us.”
The Manscapers NY 2021 calendar features stunning visuals shot by photographer Sam Waxman, with fun monthly tips and tricks for gardening, landscaping and design. Following the calendar, the company is also set to release gardening book “Take It Outside” this spring.
Best buds for nearly two decades — bound by a shared passion for fashion, horticulture and uplifting the LGBT+ community — the Brooklyn-based Manscapers NY founders broke ground on their company in Williamsburg eight years ago.
The landscaping trio has been busier than ever this year, garnishing safe spaces for clients in need and pruning away at the woes of 2020.
“So many people have been reaching out to us to enhance their gardens because it’s really the only space they have right now,” Magee said. “And us making their gardens beautiful gives them joy.”
“We’ve had clients say, ‘The space you guys created for us literally saved our family. You’ve provided a sanctuary,’ Brasier said. “It feels good to help people feel more comfortable at home, especially right now.”