Rose centifolia, jasmine, tuberose, lavender, geranium, juniper, orange blossom etc; perfumes are born from plants, here or elsewhere. In the unique setting of the International Perfume Museum’s Gardens, visitors can discover and smell the species that have provided valuable raw materials for perfumery for centuries.
Beautifully located in the heart of the fields of fragrant plants traditionally grown in the Grasse region, the International Perfume Museum’s Gardens are part of the regional project lead by the urban community Pôle Azur Provence and have become the perfume museum's plant conservatory, a reference natural area within the local agriculture’s olfactory landscape.
Articulated around an old channel and an agricultural basin, the site covers 2 hectares. In these gardens, fields of crops of species traditionally grown for perfumes lie alongside landscaped areas comprising various collections of fragrant or aromatic plants. Their primary purpose is to contribute to the conservation of the varietal diversity of species traditionally cultivated for perfumery. They also reflect the local agriculture’s olfactory landscape.
"An interactive and multi-sensory route"
Go for a stroll through the gardens and discover plants sequenced according to their olfactory notes: citrus, floral, woody, spicy, fruity, musky etc. Video guides are available to assist you in your discovery. You will be able to see photos, videos, listen to testimonies from farmers, harvesters and brokers.
The permanent exhibition of the gardens complements the site visit with a scientific approach combining objects and visual displays. You will discover why plants produce a scent. There is also talk of ecosystem and insects, smells and history etc.
Welcome to the world of fragrant plants.