Martha's enormous peony garden at Bedford contains more than 300 plants. The fragrance must be intoxicating! The Summer House can be seen in the background.
Martha's Peony Perfume
Is Martha developing a peony perfume? On Wednesday's show Aerin Lauder, granddaughter of the great Estee Lauder, will reveal her company's latest perfume called Jasmine White Moss and will demonstrate how the perfume is made. She will also join Martha on a tour of her peony garden and show Martha how essential oils can be extracted from heavily-scented flowers, like peonies, to make perfume. In an interview in 2008 for Bedford Magazine, conducted by designer Joseph Abboud, Martha revealed that she has had several professional perfumers to her gardens at Bedford to help develop a signature Martha Stewart scent for sale in retail stores, but that nothing has yet come of the venture. I am guessing that it is only a matter of time before we hear about a Martha Stewart perfume on the market, and Wednesday's show - the Fragrance Show - may be the big announcement, so stay tuned! (Martha's personal favourite perfume for many years, by the way, has been Fracas by Robert Piguet of Paris.)