Martha Stewart is in quarantine with her gardener, and it sounds like they're having a blast

Martha Stewart is in quarantine with her gardener, and it sounds like they're having a blast
Martha Stewart is in quarantine with her gardener Ryan McCallister on her New York farm.Robin Marchant/Getty Images for NYCWFF/Martha Stewart/Instagram
  • Martha Stewart has been in quarantine on her New York farm with her gardener, housekeeper, and driver for nearly two months.
  • Stewart's gardener Ryan McCallister told Town & Country that he decided to stay in her guest house instead of his NYC apartment after the state went into lockdown.
  • They have been spending long days on the farm, preparing Stewart's outdoor vegetable garden and planting trees.
  • But at night Stewart is in the kitchen whipping up something delicious for her staff before their nightly card games together.
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Long days in the garden, surrounded by a rainbow of flowers and adorable baby geese. Dinners of fettuccine Alfredo or scallops cooked with leftover Dom Pérignon champagne, followed by $300 bottles of wine and competitive card games.

This is what life in quarantine looks like for Ryan McCallister, the head gardener at Martha Stewart's farm in Bedford, New York.

McCallister, along with Stewart's driver and housekeeper, have been at Stewart's 150-acre estate for more than 45 days, according to Town & Country.

McCallister, who is staying in Stewart's guest house, told the magazine that he didn't expect the lockdown to last long when he left his New York City apartment in March.

"I thought to myself, 'Why not just stay in the guest house for a few days until this is over?'" he recalled.


McCallister has since been posting updates from Stewart's farm on his Instagram page, sharing pictures of brilliant flowers alongside selfies with Stewart's adorable pets.

Puppy Love... #dogsofinstagram #dogs #puppylove #chowchow #chowdog #frenchbulldog #farmfriends #teddybear @dogsofinstagram @marthastewart @marthastewart48

A post shared by Ryan McCallister (@ryanmccallister1) on Apr 5, 2020 at 7:03am PDT

And McCallister, who has been Stewart's head gardener for the last nine years, said plenty of work is being done as well.

"This is actually working out pretty well," he told the magazine. "Since we're at the house all the time, we can work earlier and later and we get a lot more things done. And Martha doesn't just sit there and say, 'Do that!' She's out there doing everything with you."

The pair are currently preparing Stewart's outdoor vegetable garden and planting trees. McCallister said Stewart has "hundreds of saplings waiting to go into the ground," including maple, oak, and chestnut.

Kale... #kale #kalesalad #vegetables #vegetablegardening #winterfood #growyourownfood #greenhouse #indoorgarden #veggiegarden #boyswithplants @marthastewart

A post shared by Ryan McCallister (@ryanmccallister1) on Mar 22, 2020 at 8:07am PDT

"Martha decides what to plant and where it should go," he added. "I've been gardening my whole life and studied plants and landscapes in school, but I learn something new from her every day."


Stewart told Insider in March that she grows almost everything she eats right on her farm, "even during the winter."

"I have a vegetable greenhouse now that is full of gorgeous plants," she said. "I make salads every single day from my greenhouse. I'm growing cucumbers, tomatoes just started, and I raise my own chickens for eggs."

Stewart has been sharing numerous Instagram videos and photos from her farm, giving fans a peek as she whips up dinner, organizes her pantry (with 39 different types of salt), and enjoys a ride on her new mower to the tune of Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It."

Since Stewart's usual film and photography crew aren't at her estate during the lockdown, McCallister is the one who is often behind the camera.

"All the videos you've seen of her since March were done by me," he told Town & Country. "I hope I'm getting better at it."


But it's not all work and no play when you're staying at the home of Martha Stewart.

A gorgeous pasta! Really easy. A simple recipe with spectacular results. Fettucine Alfredo

A post shared by Martha Stewart (@marthastewart48) on May 4, 2020 at 10:42pm PDT

McCallister told the magazine that Stewart eats meals and plays cards with her staff, and has been cooking up a storm for them as well.

"Ordinarily, I can burn off extra calories," McCallister added. "But when Martha offers you a cookie, you can't just say no. They're delicious and you eat three."

There's also been plenty of wine. Last month, Stewart admitted she posted a drunk Instagram comment after enjoying a few glasses of red.

The lifestyle expert had been looking at an Instagram account called The Best Little Hen House in Texas, where she decided to post a comment underneath a video of some adorable baby chicks.


We’ve all been there. #CommentsByCelebs

A post shared by Comments By Celebs (@commentsbycelebs) on Apr 12, 2020 at 8:03am PDT

"M as me sure you feed and wAter them daily," she wrote. "And keep the heat Iss as no BK in s as Nd when you can finally come back to nyc who is going to care for them??"

It wasn't long before Stewart realized her comment made no sense, but she took the typos in her stride.

"What a mess," she wrote alongside the laughing crying emoji in a new comment. "I have been drinking."

Evidence of Stewart's wild night was on her Instagram page, where she revealed she had accidentally opened a very expensive bottle of wine during a "nightly card game."

When Stewart's drunk message began making headlines, she took to Twitter to tell the full story.

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