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Authors ALETHEA HARAMPOLIS (left) and STEFANI BITTNER. A pomegranate margarita. PHOTO: David Fenton.
Rosewater facial toner made with fresh rose petals. PHOTO: David Fenton.
A pomegranate margarita. Authors ALETHEA HARAMPOLIS (left) and STEFANI BITTNER. PHOTO: David Fenton.

Bookshelf: How to Make Your Garden Give Back

by C California Style

Green thumbs take note

This article originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of C Magazine.

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A pomegranate margarita. PHOTO: David Fenton.

“We design beautiful, highly ornamental gardens, but the question that always follows is: ‘What’s next?’ or ‘How can this garden give back?’” says Stefani Bittner, co-author of The Beautiful Edible Garden (Ten Speed Press) and co-founder with Alethea Harampolis of the San Francisco landscape design firm Homestead Design Collective. The women lend their botanical know-how to a new, unconventional tome: Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants (Ten Speed Press, $22). The resourceful guidebook spans vitamin-rich apricot facial masks to turmeric-based natural dye, plus innovative DIY projects and seasonal tips using both common and lesser-known plants, such as amaranth and feverfew. “You can use them in so many different ways; it doesn’t always have to be a floral arrangement,” attests Harampolis, who is also co-founder of the bicoastal floral design company Studio Choo Florists and co-author of the arrangement how-to bible The Flower Recipe Book (Artisan).

Authors ALETHEA HARAMPOLIS (left) and STEFANI BITTNER. A pomegranate margarita. PHOTO: David Fenton.

Authors ALETHEA HARAMPOLIS (left) and STEFANI BITTNER. A pomegranate margarita. PHOTO: David Fenton.

In bloom this spring: fragrant and colorful bachelor’s button flowers, used to make Bittner’s favorite compound butter mixed with lemon. “It’s something that I’ve made all of my life,” she reveals. “We have a personal tie to each project.” homesteaddesigncollective.com.

Written by DANIELLE DiMEGLIO.