Landscape Designs – Rich Hanna and Dr. Dawn Torre, 44 First Street

Rich Hanna is the president of Westminster Nursery and Garden Center in West Hempstead. Dawn Torre is a gynecologist in town and she met Hanna at Westminster while shopping for flowers one day. Originally Hanna and Torre studied everything at Old Westbury Gardens, which is an inspiration to all gardeners. In addition they used a landscape designer connected with Westminster named Patrick J. Duffe. He is a certified nursery professional. The Hannas/Torres have a pretty front yard with a red and white color theme using white-flowered weeping crepe myrtle, red begonias and copper beech trees, complete with a “garden goddess” statuary. As pretty as the front yard is, the backyard is even more special. “Before and after is dramatic,” Torre said. “It’s hard to believe that in the backyard there was originally one lone blue spruce tree.”