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.