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New for 2022

KEYNESTON MILL

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Keyneston Mill
Tarrant Keyneston
Blandford Forum
Dorset
DT11 9HZ

Follow the A350 towards Blandford.

50 acres

Tel
01258 786022

Visit website

Opening Hours

Please see website for opening dates and times.

Admission

Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) applies Thur only, 1 Apr–30 Sep and daily, 1 Oct–31 Mar.

Facilities

  • Accessible facilities
  • Accessible garden
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets

Features

  • Autumn colour
  • Herbaceous border
  • Mediterranean/Italian garden
  • Pond or lake
  • Sub-tropical garden
  • Wildlife planting and features

About the garden

Owned by
Julia and David Bridger

New for 2022: Keyneston Mill is a private botanic garden dedicated solely to aromatic and scented plants, with more than 1,500 varieties in a 50-acre estate. The creative and experimental home of Parterre Fragrances, it is here that the key ingredients for their luxury perfumes are grown, harvested and distilled. The gardens blend visual arts with perfumery and each of the Collection Gardens represents a different fragrance family. Visitors are encouraged to rub leaves, absorb the scents and discover some of the many unusual varieties grown here for perfume use.

The Padua Garden, floral and sweet scented, is a riot of colour and scent in the summer months, with irises, narcissi and tulips, followed by peonies, roses, jasmine and pelargoniums, amid drifts of hyssop, gaura and ornamental grasses. The design is modelled on the original 16th-century Venetian botanic garden in Padua. The Spice Garden, a striking design inspired by the paintings of Kandinsky, is all about oriental fragrances and those plants that provide a spicy element, such as fennels, coriander, pink and Japanese pepper, nasturtiums, bay and shisho.

For cool vegetation, head to the Fougère Garden with its three contemporary corten steel ponds. This sunken garden is dedicated to ferns, aromatic herbs and sub-tropical planting and represents masculine, green fragrances. Visitors can also enjoy the fascinating Citrus Collection, wander among the perfume crop fields and explore the natural areas of the estate that include the River Meadow and the Lost Orchard. The Distillery can be viewed during the summer, and an exhibition explains the history of perfumery and the various processes for extracting oils from the plants. Scented garden tours and a range of botanical and perfume-related workshops and events run regularly. There is also a bistro, perfume and gift shop and plant sales area.

Plants of special interest

  • Alliums
  • Autumn bulbs
  • Clematis
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Ferns
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Grasses
  • Herbs
  • Irises
  • Lavender
  • Lilies
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Primulas
  • Roses
  • Spring bulbs
  • Sweet peas
  • Wildflowers
  • Wisteria

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.