Red Sox fans Jill and Tom Tripp spend a lot of time at Fenway Park. They had one of their first dates there and are now season-ticket holders. Now, they can enjoy pieces of the park at home.
The DIY Network’s “Desperate Landscapes’’ came to the Tripps’ Carver house this summer to transform their lawn into a miniature Fenway Park. We spoke with “Desperate Landscapes’’ host Jason Cameron and Jill Tripp about the renovation.
From left: Former Red Sox first baseman Sean Casey, the Tripps, and Cameron.
The Tripps have been working hard to repair their home after a fire tore through it two years ago. Most of their efforts have been indoors, however, leaving the landscape with a little to be desired.
“We ended up rebuilding the house into our dream home,’’ Jill Tripp said. “It was a nice house with an unfinished lawn.’’
That’s where the “Desperate Landscapes’’ crew came in.
“We wanted to bring the major league field into their front yard,’’ Cameron said. “Basically the whole infield, which we’ve never done in a front yard.’’
The condition of the Tripps’ lawn made them eligible for “Desperate Landscapes,’’ Cameron said. Their willingness to do anything made for a special episode.
“I think the love for Boston and the Boston Red Sox was huge,’’ Cameron said.
Former Red Sox first basemen Sean Casey helped with the renovation, which included resodding the lawn, fixing the walkway, and building a dugout and a smaller “Green Monster.’’ Cameron enjoyed working with Casey.
“Other than him being a great baseball player, he’s a really good guy, very honest and very kind,’’ he said. “A lot of sports figures are not so willing to give their time, but he’s a really old school kind of guy. We had a lot of fun and he got his hands dirty.’’
Pictured: Tom Tripp and Cameron.
Jill and Tom Tripp joined Cameron on a tour of Fenway Park, where they walked the field, used the batting cage, and signed the Green Monster.
Several aspects of the Tripps’ renovated lawn come straight from Fenway Park. One number from the real Green Monster hangs from their smaller version of the iconic wall. They have official bleachers and four stadium seats, as well as bricks and bases.
Tom and Jill Tripp smiled from inside the Green Monster.
“What I think they did a great job with was picking elements of the landscape that would complement our home,’’ Tripp said. “They thought about making it a child-friendly lawn.’’
Their new front lawn includes rose bushes and floors that are good for this climate, as well as trees that complement the height of the house, Tripp said. The new walkway is safer for her two-year-old daughter, Lianna. Lianna also enjoys the dugout — a shallower version of the one at Fenway — which she treats like a playhouse.
Those Fenway-specific projects created the biggest challenge for the “Desperate Landscapes’’ team.
“The hardest part was the tackling things we’ve never quite done. We’ve never built a dugout,’’ Cameron said. “The Green Monster was a challenge because we didn’t want to put up anything that was basically a windsail.’’
The Tripps had their hands in every detail of the renovation.
“I don’t think I’ve ever worked that hard. I was so tired,’’ Jill Tripp said. “They had us take part in pretty much every aspect of what they were doing. which was really great because it was a learning experience.’’
She was involved with laying the bricks for the walkway, laying the sod, planting bushes, and spreading mulch.
When the renovation was over, Tripp picked up her daughter from daycare.
“She was super excited,’’ she said. “Watching her run around the bases, it was the icing on the cake.’’
The frontyard field has gone to good use since its completion. After celebrating Lianna’s second birthday recently, the Tripps started a baseball game with about 20 adults. A few people even hit a ball over the Green Monster.
Tripp said the renovation was “just an overall wonderful experience.’’
“It really makes the house feel like a home,’’ she said. “Something that I was just so happy with during the experience was the care and genuine thoughtfulness of the people in the process, the MLB network, the DIY Networks, landscapers, contractors, and producers.’’
This “Desperate Landscape’’ episode airs on the DIY Network on Monday, Sept. 3 at 2 p.m.