Envisioned as a spiral form, the garden, sponsored by Gazeley, starts low at its extremities, representing the low lying plants, roots and even fungi used in perfume making. As it grows in size vertically, the swirling design sweeps towards the centre of the garden where it takes on architectural form, housing the perfumery itself where visitors can smell the Elizabeth I perfume, produced especially for the Chelsea Flower Show.
“We want to connect with visitors in multiple ways,” says Chetwood. “We want them to be able to enjoy the garden and learn how perfumes are made. Then, when they are entranced by the magic of perfume, they can experience an historic scent that reminds them of the garden but most importantly provides an olfactory window into the past and a hint of the personality of Queen Elizabeth I.”