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"Perfume Garden" Wins Gold at 2009 Chelsea Flower Show

Perfume Garden at Chelsea Flower Show.

By: Jeb Gleason-Allured, Editor
Posted: May 18, 2009

The Perfume Garden, inspired by the rosewater infused fragrance worn by Queen Elizabeth I in the 16th Century, has won the gold and most creative award at this year's Chelsea Flower Show in London. Designed by architect Laurie Chetwood and landscape designer Patrick Collins and sponsored by Gazeley, the garden resembles pattern of seeds in a sunflower head or the spiraling arrangement of leaves on plant stems, and tracks the story of perfume from plant to bottle.

The garden includes several rose types (Mme Hardy, Tuscany Superba and Gertrude Jekyll), iris, three varieties of geranium (Spessart, Ingwersens and Bevan’s Variety), silver posies, lilies, narcissus and violets, French lavender, sage, thyme, fennel, and sweet flag. The center of the design houses a perfumery that offers visitors an opportunity to see the perfume distillation process and smell samples of the Elizabeth I perfume, produced especially for the Chelsea Flower Show. In addition, a modern interpretation of Queen Elizabeth’s perfume is created by Procter & Gamble Prestige Products.