Growing A Fragrant Flower Garden

Ep.12: Stefani Bittner And The Fragrant Flower Garden


In this blooming podcast episode of the Backyard Bouquet, host Jennifer Gulizia, welcomes the visionary garden guru, Stefani Bittner. Together, they delve into the world of garden design, sharing insights and wisdom on creating beautiful, productive gardens that nourish both body and soul. Stefani Bittner, the owner of Homestead Design Collective, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in crafting gardens that not only dazzle the eye but also delight the palate.

Meet Stefani Bittner, A Renowned Landscape Designer

Stefani Bittner, the visionary owner of Homestead Design Collective, is a renowned landscape designer nestled in the vibrant San Francisco Bay Area. With a mission to craft gardens that not only dazzle the eye but also delight the palate, Stefani and her team at Homestead Design Collective have been at the forefront of creating stunning outdoor spaces that offer bounty and beauty. Stefani’s passion for sustainability shines through in every project, from replacing traditional lawns with waterwise native scapes to weaving bee-friendly wildflowers into the landscape.

The Fragrant Flower Garden: A Journey into Scented Blooms

Stefani Bittner, a published author and garden expert, shares her insights on creating fragrant gardens that engage all the senses. In her latest book, “The Fragrant Flower Garden,” Stefani delves into the world of scented blooms, highlighting the importance of fragrance in the garden. From night-blooming plants to perennial favorites like lilacs and jasmine, Stefani’s expertise shines through as she guides listeners on a sensory journey through the garden.

Embracing Regenerative Flower Farming

As the conversation unfolds, Jennifer and Stefani discuss the importance of regenerative farming practices in the floral industry. Stefani emphasizes the need to move away from mono-crop farming and embrace a more holistic approach that incorporates perennials, trees, and shrubs into the landscape. By creating habitat-rich hedgerows and diverse plantings, flower farmers can not only enhance biodiversity but also create stunning arrangements that reflect the beauty of nature.

Harvesting Fragrance: From Bouquets to Perfumes

Stefani shares her tips on harvesting fragrance from the garden, from creating tea bouquets to crafting natural perfumes. By infusing oils with scented blooms and herbs, gardeners can create a range of products, from lip gloss to hair oils. Stefani’s innovative approach to scent extraction, including enfleurage and distillation techniques, offers listeners a glimpse into the world of natural perfumery and aromatherapy.

Building a Multi-Purpose Garden

In the final segment, Jennifer and Stefani discuss the concept of multi-purpose gardens that serve both aesthetic and functional purposes. By incorporating plants that provide shade, habitat, and fragrance into the landscape, gardeners can create a harmonious ecosystem that supports both wildlife and human enjoyment. From flowering quince in hedgerows to scented geraniums in bouquets, Stefani’s insights inspire listeners to rethink their approach to garden design.

Conclusion: Cultivating Beauty and Bounty in Your Backyard

From embracing fragrance in the garden to incorporating regenerative farming practices, the conversation between Jennifer and Stefani offers a glimpse into the transformative power of flowers and plants. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a budding flower enthusiast, the Backyard Bouquet Podcast is a treasure trove of wisdom and joy waiting to be explored.

Don’t miss out on this enlightening episode of the Backyard Bouquet Podcast, where stories bloom from local flower fields and home gardens. Tune in to discover the secrets of creating beautiful, productive gardens that nourish both body and soul. Join Jennifer Gulizia and Stefani Bittner on a journey through scented blooms, regenerative farming practices, and the transformative power of flowers. Let your backyard bloom with the Backyard Bouquet Podcast!

In this episode, you’ll hear about: 

  • 00:03:13 – Stephanie’s Journey into Gardening
  • 00:07:23 – The Impact of Personal Loss on Career Change
  • 00:10:49 – The Role of Luck and Opportunity in Career Growth
  • 00:11:53 – The Influence of Stephanie’s Father on Her Career
  • 00:15:15 – The Importance of Water Management in Gardening
  • 00:17:08 – The Shift Away from Traditional Lawns
  • 00:19:01 – Redesigning Front Yards for Beauty and Productivity
  • 00:21:21 – The Importance of Structure in Garden Design
  • 00:23:45 – Stephanie’s Favorite Fragrant Plants
  • 00:26:02 – The Concept of Night Fragrance in Gardens
  • 00:30:19 – The Emotional Connection to Fragrant Plants
  • 00:32:55 – The Role of Gardens in Our Lives
  • 00:37:43 – Multi-Purpose Plants and Tea Bouquets
  • 00:39:40 – Preserving Natural Scents from the Garden
  • 00:43:20 – The Connection Between Regenerative Farming and Gardening
  • 00:46:09 – The Benefits of Perennial Plants in Flower Farming

Learn more about Stefani Bittner:

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