Backyard Envy: James, Garrett and Mel, who are the hosts?


They know their way around a garden or two, but just how much do you know about the gang?

Manscapers is one of the most prestigeous exterior design and landscaping firms in New York City.

No matter how demanding the clients are, the TV show hosts James DeSantis, Garrett Magee and Melissa Brasier always deliver as they turn boring outdoor spaces into gorgeous, jaw-dropping sanctuaries.

James DeSantis

James DeSantis is a small town boy, but with his larger than life ideas he headed off to New York City. Proving he's more than just a pretty face, he studied and attended design school to learn how to bring all his creative visions to life. During his time at The Fashion Institute of Technology, James met his future business partner Melissa, where they partnered together and learned everything about the design world. James then put his head down and husteled, while working at internationally acclaimed retailer Ralph Lauren. After that he did some overseas travel and later returned to his home base to create Manscapers with his best friends Melissa and Garrett. On paper, James is a designer and a registered yoga instructor. However, it is his over- the-top personality that makes him such an integral part of the business.


Garrett Magee

Texas-born Garrett Magee has always loved nature - particularly because he was surrounded by the beautiful wooded South in his younger years. Once he finished school, Garrett enrolled in the Art Institute of Chicago to study graphic design and fine arts. He went on to work in corporate design for several years, but eventually felt boxed in by being seated behind a computer. So, he did what any good creative could do at such a stage - he went straight back to school - but this time he chose to attend classes at the New York Botanical Gardens for landscape design, where he says he found his true calling as a “plant whisperer”. His time at the school helped him solidify his craft in exterior design and also gave him the opportunity to meet his fellow co-founders at Manscapers. And the rest as they say, is history!



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Mel Brasier

Las Vegas-born Mel has always been an active soul, in fact she began her career as a modern dancer. But she felt she couldn't stick to it long-term and knew her real passions lied in Interior Design. She met fellow co-founder James at the internationally recognised Fashion Institute of Technology. Following her studies, Mel worked for elite clients in commercial construction and interior design for more than a decade. The fiercely-driven female in the group then agreed to co-found Manscapers with her two best friends and partners, and currently specialises there as the construction lead. When she's not gardening, Mel loves flea market shopping, home renovations and dancing and teaching yoga. She's also got her hands full with two daughters.

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