Opening Hours

We are  open every day (except Tuesday) 10am to 5pm (last orders in The Scented Botanist 4pm).

At The Scented Botanist, our contemporary bistro-café, we strive not only to bring you great quality food in a beautiful, relaxed environment, but also to create menus which are adventurous, inspiring and wonderfully fragrant!

OPEN EVERY DAY (EXCEPT TUESDAY) FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM – offering lunch with table service, picnics & outside seating

 Bistro Dining or a Picnic – the Choice is Yours!

Call The Scented Botanist on 01258 786022 to make a reservation.

Admission Prices

Adult Garden Entry | £8

Under 12’s Garden Entry | FREE

Registered Disabled & Carers | FREE

Friends of Keyneston Mill Annual Membership | £25

Benefits of Friends Annual Membership:

– Unlimited garden entry for yourself and one other
– A regular online newsletter
– Exclusive promotional discounts on experiences, events and perfume products
– Our Friends Membership is paperless, so all you will need to do is mention your name on arrival

Well behaved dogs are welcome in the gardens (on leads) – sorry, no dogs except assistance dogs are allowed in the café.

Scented Garden Tours

This one-hour tour is an opportunity to find out what makes Keyneston Mill and Parterre Fragrances so unique.  The tour starts in the scented Collection Gardens which are divided into “compartments” representing the principal perfume “families” eg. Floral, Fougere (Fern), Spice and Citrus.  These gardens are colourful and fragrant, but also act as trial beds where we experiment with unusual plant varieties. We shall be encouraging you to rub leaves and sniff!

DATE: Every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11am. Price of £15 includes garden entry.

LOCATION DETAIL: Keyneston Mill, Dorset.

TOTAL PLACES: 10 per tour, with a minimum of 4. We can run tours for 20 people simultaneously with two different guides.

For further information, please email or call 01258 786022.

Gift Vouchers now available.

The Gardens

The formal Collection Gardens have been inspired by architecture, garden design and paintings, from Renaissance Italy to contemporary artists.  Each compartment features plants from one of the principal perfume groups or “families”.  These gardens are planned not only to be beautiful and wonderfully scented, but also to be practical trial beds where unusual varieties are cultivated.


The first garden you will enter is the Padua Garden which features plants and flowers from the Floral Perfume Family.


Fougère (French for “Fern”) is one of the most popular Perfume Families. Our garden represents this group of perfumes and includes some of the plants used in them.


This part of The Collection represents the colours of a spice market, and the block planted beds contain some of the ingredients associated with the Oriental Family of perfumes.


Parterre is the name of our fragrance brand. Meaning “by” or “through the earth”, it is also a horticultural term referring to a formal garden of beds dissected by symmetrical paths. Note: due to lost time during lockdown, it has not been possible to maintain this garden, so it will be closed for 2020.

River Meadow

Bordered by willows, the meadow walk follows the bank of the River Stour. Kingfishers fly low above the water flashing their brilliant plumage. Swans, herons, and egrets are never far from the bank and occasionally you can see otters.

The Lost Orchard

Blossom filled in Spring, fruit laden in Autumn, this traditional 8-acre orchard has been
partially left to nature. In the far northern corner you will see our bee hives – the bees pollinate our crops and also produce delicious honey!


Free parking with overflow

Disabled access to Padua garden and bistro from carpark

Assistance dogs allowed into the bistro

Disabled toilets

How To Find Us

From Poole follow the A350 towards Blandford.  On reaching Spetisbury, turn right following signs to Tarrant Crawford. Cross the narrow bridge and after approx. ½ mile branch left by the war memorial.  Continue for a further mile and Keyneston Mill is the next turning on the left.

From Blandford take the B3082 towards Wimborne.  On reaching Tarrant Keyneston, turn right opposite the True Lovers Knot pub.  Drive slowly through the village and continue for a further ½ mile until you reach a staggered crossroads. Keyneston Mill is straight ahead.

From Dorchester take the A354 bypassing Blandford St Mary, and then take the next right signposted Langton Long. After 2 ½ miles, Keyneston Mill is on the right.