Stella Otto has a B.S. in Horticulture with a fruit production specialization, from Michigan State University. She resides in northern Michigan’s Leelanau county, where she gardens together with her husband. Their 2 grown children enjoy the bounty of the fruit garden whenever they drop-in to visit. Stella’s 2 horses contribute copiously to the compost pile, while their 3 cats handle some pest control.
Stella Otto is a gold and silver medal Benjamin Franklin Award winning author of The Backyard Orchardist: A complete guide to growing fruit trees in the home garden.
Author of TheBackyard Berry Book: A hands-on guide to growing berries, brambles, and vine fruit in the home garden, which was excerpted for a feature article in Country Journal magazine.
Kitchen Gardener magazine collection DVD, contributor — 2014
Feature article in Grow: An Inspired House/Fine Gardening Special Issue — May 2009
Garden columnist for Northern Home magazine and Thumb Print News.
Freelance feature articles or columns in numerous magazines including Organic Gardening, Kitchen Garden, New Garden Journal, Traditional Gardening, Acres USA, and Burpee Home Gardener.
Workshop presenter/Media appearances
Keynote speaker for Master Gardener Association of northwest Michigan 2015 volunteer recognition luncheon.
Otto has been interviewed on National Public Radio’s The Cultivated Gardener and Home Grown.
She appeared on multiple segments of Discovery Channel’s Home Matters, demonstrating aspects of landscaping creatively with fruit.
Instructor for local Master Gardener program’s tree fruit and berry sections.
Presented numerous workshops to garden clubs, urban garden groups, and at local garden centers.
Guest expert interview highlights
Sierra club magazine, May/June 2011, Quoted in “The Green Life: Growing Off Beat Fruit At Home“
Sheknows.com — offers Tips for Gardening on a Budget
Hobby Farm Home, July/August 2010, quoted several times in “Fruitscaping” feature article
Thegoodstuffguide.com, July 28, 2010, Dream Gardens, photos of Stella Otto’s fruit and vegetable garden featured
Online articles on Grit enews
Online interviews on http://garden.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Growing_Fruit_Trees_and_Berries
Stella Otto is a former orchard and farm market owner/manager with over 35 years experience growing fruit on both a large and small scale.
As a professional horticultural consultant, Otto has worked as an orchard manager to absentee land owners, acquainting those with no prior fruit growing experience with the skills needed for success in their endeavor.
Stella Otto also offers consultation for individuals who desire to incorporate fruit trees, berries, and vines into their personal edible landscapes.
Introductory Horticulture, North Central Michigan College. Designed and taught a classroom lecture and hands-on laboratory course intended to meet transfer requirements to the four year college curriculum level.
Contact Stella Otto for guest interviews, freelance writing, speaking engagements, or horticultural consulting assignments.