Laurie Chetwood bases Chelsea garden on perfume made by Elizabeth I
Architect Laurie Chetwood and landscape designer Patrick Collins have chosen a rosewater infused fragrance created by Elizabeth I as their inspiration for the Perfume Garden
‘Visually the garden takes reference from the source of many great fragrances, the flower. Envisioned as a striking spiral form, the swirling garden design is inspired by the pattern of seeds in a sunflower head or the spiraling arrangement of leaves on many plant stems.
‘The planted swirl 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, incorporating larger planting, shrubs and a recessed wall that holds collections of dried perfume-making products. At the centre, the highest and most concentrated part of the garden, the swirl takes on an architectural form, housing the perfumery itself in a shroud of stainless steel.’
‘Here, Laurie Chetwood’s intricate design can be read as a metaphor for the flower head – the delicate stamen, stigma and pistil – surrounded by an abstract petal canopy that reaches out enticing visitors to step into its shade, see the perfume distillation process and smell samples of the Elizabeth I perfume produced especially for the Chelsea Flower Show.’