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The jungle-like setting of Longwood's newly opened Estate House
The jungle-like setting of Longwood’s newly opened Estate House

For the first time in years one of the original Estate Houses of the Conservatory is open to the public, just for our fascinating Making Scents, the Art and Passion of Fragrance exhibition.  This is one of the original houses, built by Pierre S. du Pont and used to grow the amazing plants and flowers used in our indoor displays.    

 

In this glass house, you can learn about creating perfume from nature. As you enter the room, you first experience a jungle, like the explorer going  into the depths of the forest when looking for that elusive new scent from the plant world. Here, you will find a demonstration of a head space analysis machine that is used to capture the volatile molecules that will one day hopefully lead to a new perfume.     

Head space analysis machine on display at Longwood Gardens

Head space analysis machine on display at Longwood Gardens

The path leads you out of the “jungle” and into a room that contains plants that smell both good and bad. These are the semi-finalists in the quest to become a perfume ingredient. Guests are invited to get up close, touch and smell these fragrant plants. The next room features the finalists whose fragrances have proven worthy and are now used as key components in perfumes.   

Some of the fragrant plants that guest are invited to touch and smell

Some of the fragrant plants that guest are invited to touch and smell

From here it is on to mass production, represented by a small greenhouse filled with lavender, and then finally into a house that explores the laboratory where these scents can now be synthesized.  We invite you to visit Longwood to take this fascinating journey with many things to smell along the way.    

The scent of lavender fills the greenhouse

The scent of lavender fills the greenhouse

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Making Scents: The Art and Passion of Fragrance

Longwood’s first major exhibition, Making Scents: The Art and Passion of Fragrance, opens tomorrow, Saturday, April 10! At the intersection of flora, fashion and science, this exhibition transforms Longwood’s gemlike Conservatory into a museum for the senses.

Experience the actual plants and flowers behind iconic perfumes, explore the mysterious power of the sense of smell, discover the creative artistry and intricate science behind perfume creation, and compose your own basic fragrance at Make Your Own Fragrance stations in Longwood’s Music Room.

Take a peek at Longwood’s development of this exhibition in a short video:

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