This garden celebrates the rich and varied history of perfumery and the many plants and flowers used to make perfumes and scents. Clipped Thuja trees are the main structure plants of the garden and sweep up and around the ‘Perfumery’, where visitors can try various fragrances.
Every plant in the garden has a function in the creation of scent. Some are familiar, like lavender and rose but others are more unexpected such as the male fern, Dryopteris felix-mas, whose rhizomes yield an oil used in earthy, more masculine scents.
The Perfume garden was co designed with renowned architect Laurie Chetwood and received both an RHS gold medal and 'The Most Creative Garden' award at Chelsea Flower Show 2009.