Five-Minute Pow-Wow: Ben Busko on Inspiration, Gardens, and Art

AN INTERVIEW WITH THE MAN BEHIND THE DÉCOUPAGE

Five-Minute Pow-Wow: Ben Busko on Inspiration, Gardens, and Art

We’re inspired by the Ben’s Garden collection and we’re awe-spired by the backstory. There’s quite a history behind these delightful handcrafted découpage treasures, paperweights, room décor, and artwork. Since the line’s inception when Ben was eight years old, his designs have garnered the attention and appreciation of home tastemakers and trendspotters.

Rue La La: Tell us about the early years.
Ben: You could definitely say I was not an ordinary child. While other kids were at summer camp, I was picking flowers to dry – or putting together a new article for my quarterly magazine.

Rue La La: You have an incredible story – how has Ben’s Garden changed over the years?
Ben: I have a lot more help! You can imagine my babysitters weren’t quite fond of being put to work making pressed flower coasters! And my mom no longer drives me to stores to sell the line. We currently exhibit five times a year at different trade shows, and sell to stores across the country – in addition to the two retail stores located in Oyster Bay and Huntington Village on Long Island. It’s wonderful to have people who love Ben’s Garden as much as I do as part of my team.
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May 26, 2011