We're blessed to have an adorable backyard here at the Apotheke factory, and we certainly make the most of it with our little company garden. It brings me so much joy to step outside on a summery work day and catch a glimpse of our budding tomatoes and ever-sprouting basil. As someone with a passion for fragrance, maintaining my garden is an absolute must for brightening our work environment with the scents and feelings of nature.
Our garden is also the perfect learning opportunity for my little girls. We get to teach them about the life cycle of plants, the importance of patience, and how to share with your sister when you both see a blackberry you really want. Not to mention it gives them a fun opportunity to be dirty and sticky- a favorite past time of Penny's!
Maintaining our garden from year to year also lets me measure how much they've grown, both physically and intellectually. I can remember when Rosie could hardly hold her little shovel, now she's practically a botanist!
I've always said nothing brings us closer than growing and cooking food as a family. It gives us such a great connection to the earth and to each other. Our dinners together are like a celebratory reward for the hard work we put into the beautiful things we created, and even as little kids I know this feeling gets through to my girls.
Our growing garden is a constant source of inspiration for me, and I make sure to incorporate all those beautiful natural scents into the fragrance products I design. Our yearly ritual of home grown food, lovingly prepared meals, and lively summer get togethers drove me to create our newest line: Market. Hopefully our fennel and tomato candles can give some joy to anyone who has yet to get an outdoor space of their own.