Pleasure Garden

 In rural Dorset, Keyneston Mill is the largest private botanic garden in the UK dedicated solely to aromatic and scented plants - over two thousand varieties are grown in the fifty-acre estate

In rural Dorset, Keyneston Mill is the largest private botanic garden in the UK dedicated solely to aromatic and scented plants - over two thousand varieties are grown in the fifty-acre estate

If you believe in serendipity, you will love Julia and David Bridger’s story. Starting somewhere on a trip to the south of France, the couple were inspired by a visit to Grasse and had a lightbulb moment of wanting to create something similarly horticultural - and fragrant - in the UK.

Moving to this beautiful estate in rural Dorset, they created a perfume paradise, where they now grow hundreds of aromatic crops to use as ingredients for their limited-edition fragrances.

Working with perfumer Jacques Chabert, the idea is to be experimental, using plants not immediately associated with perfumery, such as yarrow and hyssop. Such crops aren’t generally on the perfumer’s palette, and this is what gives Parterre its twist.