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Garden Entry

Gardens are open from 10 am to 5 pm, every day. Gardener’s world magazine 2 for 1 entry cards accepted.  Enter code online to book.  Please note that this is valid on the first two people only however multiple visits are allowed.

Please print your confirmation email or have it available on your phone to show when you arrive.

If you are visiting The Scented Botanist Bistro-Café and Gift Shop only, there is no need to purchase a Garden Entrance ticket. However, please note that you do need to buy a ticket in advance should you wish to view the gardens or enjoy one of our delicious picnics in the grounds.  Please note that only food bought on the premises can be consumed on our estate including the car park.  No picnics brought in are allowed.

Please be advised Entry for Under 12’s, Registered Disabled & Carers are free.

£ 8.00

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The Collection

The Collection is our name for the formal gardens here at Keyneston Mill, and each compartment represents a different fragrance family eg. floral, fourgere (fern), spice and citrus.  Together they serve a number of purposes.

Firstly, they are here for us all to enjoy.  We want them to look – and smell – wonderful.  

They are also used as trial beds where we can grow hundreds of varieties of aromatic plants, and experiment with potential new perfume ingredients. We can distil the leaves or flowers in small quantities and any that produce high quality oil, may then be planted out in the fields for possible use in future perfumes.

All the plants in The Collection are related in some way to fragrance, and many have fascinating histories – the gardens help us to bring to life some of the stories behind perfume making.

The Padua Garden

The Padua Garden focuses on the Floral family of fragrances, and the design is based on the Orto Botanico, the oldest university garden in the world, founded in 1545 in Italy by the Venetian Republic. Many of the flowers in this garden have scented petals eg. roses, jasmine, sweet peas, and lilies. The scent of some other plants such as Santolina and hyssop may not be apparent until you rub their leaves.

Fougere Garden

Fougere (French for “Fern”) is one of the most popular Perfume Families. Our garden represents this group of perfumes and includes some of the plants traditionally used in them including artemisia, lavender, rosemary, clary sage, and mint as well as ferns.

Spice Garden

Our Spice Garden reflects the colours and scents of a contemporary spice market and comprises block planted beds in a geometric pattern inspired by the works of Kandinsky. It includes classic spices such as Bay and Fennel, and the more unusual, like Vietnamese Coriander and Perilla.

Parterre Garden

The Parterre is historically a formal garden consisting of beds of herbs planted in a symmetrical pattern. Our Parterre is a contemporary take on the historical pattern, featuring aromatic plants, irises and herbs in 84 individual square beds.

We use these beds to trial new plants and any that produce a really good quality and yield of oil might be planted in the crop fields in following years, for use in a future fragrance.