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The Greenhouse is a fragrance steeped in midsummer – a botanical journey in scent through the meandering paths and herbaceous borders of an English walled garden in full fruit and flower. Alongside blooms of Clematis, Jasmine and Honeysuckle clambering over arbour and arch, frothy displays of Sweet Peas and the pastel-hued spires of Hollyhocks, Delphiniums and Lupins, stands the traditional greenhouse with its elegant, steeply pitched roof.
Angled to profit from all available sunlight, the quintessential British greenhouse design has its origins in Victorian times, when botany was the very height of fashion. Glasshouses, as they were first known, were often showpieces – a way for the wealthy to exhibit mastery over the cool, damp conditions of the British Isles, cultivating rare plants native to warmer climes and ever more exotic fruit.
Some of the most highly prized fruits even acquired their own glasshouse – the marvellously named melonry, peachery, vinery, orangery and, for the prestigious Pineapple, the pinery. These ornate structures were a display not only of affluence, but also of botanical prowess and technological innovation. But with the abolition of the window tax in 1851, happily the greenhouse found its way into the botanical vernacular of the British Isles and now takes pride of place in many a garden.
The glass door releases a waft of rich earthy notes and summery green aromas – from Cucumber and Mint to citrus and Melon. But there can be no scent more reminiscent of a greenhouse in Summer than the earthy, bittersweet fragrance of vines of Tomatoes, the most popular crop grown under glass in the British Isles. The intriguing scent of the velvety Tomato Leaf intensifies with the rising temperatures of summer, bringing with it the promise of the first perfect sun-warmed Tomato in the hand – full to near bursting with juice.
We have sourced natural extract of Tomato, with its nutrient-rich and skin-calming properties, from the kitchen gardens at Gravetye Manor in Sussex, which boasts some of the most historically significant gardens in the British Isles. We have plucked Sungold Tomatoes, a ‘cordon’ variety, from the Peach House, a handsome wood and glass structure dating back to 1920.
The gardens at Gravetye were created by influential botanical writer William Robinson in 1885, whose 1883 book The English Flower Garden is one of the bestselling gardening books ever printed. The beautifully restored manor and its gardens are now an idyllic country hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant, which makes exquisite use of the produce from its walled kitchen garden and glasshouses.
The Greenhouse, our new bath & body collection, has a very special place in our founder Katy Simpson’s heart. It’s a scent that she’s dreamed about for years – steeped in midsummer, it’s a warm, botanical fragrance that transports you to an English greenhouse, with notes of Honeysuckle, Jasmine and Bergamot, fresh hints of Mint and Melon and the emotive earthy scent of Tomato Leaf.
The kitchen gardens of Gravetye Manor in Sussex, provide the source of the natural extract of Sungold Tomato used in the Collection, with its nutrient-rich and skin calming properties. Gravetye Manor, in Sussex, is home to some of the most historically significant gardens in the British Isles.
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