The weather was kind for 16 Questers who travelled by mini bus on September 5th to Keyneston Mill Parterre Fragrances and Botanic Gardens near Blandford. This was a truly original visit to an enterprise that started in 2015. David and Julia Bridger combined their interests in art, travel, design and gardening and bought a 50 acre plot of land that had been uncultivated for 10 years with the ambition to create original, organic English made fragrances. play.
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David showed us how the oils were extracted from the plants and distilled to produce the finished perfume.
Before deciding if it would be a commercial product the perfume is sent to one of the worlds leading perfumers whose "nose" is used by Chanel, Guerlain and other leading houses to perfect the final product.
This was a most interesting day and we left with an understanding of why some original perfumes cost so much and some were tempted by the samples on display
They created a series of mini gardens each with a different theme planted with exotic species with particular scented qualities many from different parts of the world and with unknown abilities to withstand the English climate . As we walked around the gardens knowledgeable gardeners explained how each plant produced a fragrance from its flower, stem or root. After a a delicious lunch chosen from an extensive menu, David and Julia told us how they were experimenting with different combinations of fragrances and we were able to sample many of these.