From Setauket to Martha Stewart: A Timeline of Ben’s Garden

Equal parts artful and functional, these personalized pillows, inspirational trays, and decoupage pictures (from home accessory and décor shop Ben’s Garden) are the most universal gifts. How these witty trinkets got their start? It comes down to raw talent – and perhaps a touch of charisma. For a timeline on the founder, read on.


1992: Ben Busko sells his first decoupage at age eight.

2003: Anthropologie places an order for every design Ben has in his collection over the course of six months.

2006: Ben’s work is featured in InStyle, which prompts his international customer base.

2010: He meets his biggest fan, Martha Stewart, and teaches her how to decoupage on television.

2013: With a 14,000-square-foot studio in Brooklyn and stores all over the world, it’s safe to say this Long Island–raised artist is a success.

Our Ben’s Garden Boutique opened Saturday, November 23, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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