By Abby Pratt
STOCKBRIDGE — Thomas K. Farley, former head caretaker at the Fitzpatricks’ estate on Prospect Hill, has struck out on his own. He calls his new landscaping business Tom Farley Land Design.
Farley, 32, is a graduate of Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He was born and raised in Illinois, but now lives with his two brothers in his great-grandfather’s house on Cherry Street.
Tom Farley Land Design, with a crew of four trained assistants, will do anything outdoors but mow your lawn, Farley said. The firm can install a lawn, driveway or fence, prune trees and shrubs, start a flower or vegetable garden from scratch, or rejuvenate established plantings.
Farley said perennial borders are his specialty. The design is tailored to the homeowner’s taste, but Farley said he likes plantings that “blend with the surrounding area.”
In poor, rocky soil, he can start an Alpine garden using dwarf evergreens and flowering shrubs from all over the world. Farley also designs, plants, and cares for rock gardens and Japanese gardens.
He said he learned what he knows about landscaping from his two years at the Stockbridge School, where he majored in landcape operations and management, and from two area horticulturists, Joseph H. Proctor of Pittsfield and Leonard Allen.