Scent From Heaven

Fragrance adds another dimension to gardens, enhancing what is seen and heard in a deeply emotive way. The slightest waft of the intoxicating scent of roses or soothing aroma of lavender doesn’t merely please, but also has the power to affect mood, trigger emotions and summon distant memories. Yet, the human sense of smell is often dismissed as less important than hearing or eyesight, when in fact it is keener and more influential than many realise. Smells are intimately tied to memory, summoning long forgotten feelings in an instant. Once a particular fragrance becomes associated with a certain emotion — damp autumn leaves with melancholy, for example, or freshly-mown grass with the vitality of spring — just smelling it again has a resonance.

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