Rose tinted design

Will Jones
Monday 23 Mar 2009

Laurie Chetwood to exhibit the Perfume Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May.

Architect Laurie Chetwood and landscape designer Patrick Collins have taken a perfume recipe created by Queen Elizabeth I as inspiration for the Perfume Garden, a dramatic swirling amalgamation of architecture and landscaping at the Chelsea Flower Show.

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.”

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