Herbarium – my secret garden

We’re on the cusp of a new era where artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, and bionic enhancement will blur the lines between the human race and its fellow species, blending the worlds of animated nature and manmade machines. A brave new world!

But what if Mother Earth could turn the tables, benefiting from us for a change? Wouldn’t it be nice if she could incorporate the achievements of human ingenuity into her systems? In some ways this is already happening, with foxes adapting to city living or certain microbes feeding off toxic waste.

Photographer Maciek Miloch and set designer Zuza Slominska envisioned for us what it might look like if plants started using the remnants of our throwaway society to enhance their world. Perhaps they would collect nutrients, guard themselves against pollution, or simply reuse bits and pieces we discard to look more attractive to newly evolved insects?

Stroll with us through this imaginary garden of strangely beautiful hybrids and discover their fragrant fruits and blossoms – a selection of exceptional perfume creations that will dazzle you with their intoxicating odors. Enjoy!


PHOTOGRAPHY: Maciek Miloch

SET DESIGN: Zuza Slominska


Strangely beautiful hybrids

… that will dazzle you with their intoxicating odors.



01. Creed: Fleurissimo

fleurissimo by creed perfumes

It’s so peaceful and warm
And I’d come to no harm
In a perfumed garden
With you, with you
That’s too easy
Please let me stay.

—In a Perfumed Garden by Television Personalities


PERFUMER: James Henry Creed
YEAR: 1956



02. Astier de Villatte: Elixir De Docteur Flair

elixir de docteur flair by astier de villatte

This is the garden where emotions grow
Twenty-four feelings all in a row
It’s alright, yeah, it’s alright.

Our Destiny/Roadhouse Garden by Prince & the Revolution


PERFUMER: Françoise Caron
YEAR: 2016



03. Versace: Versense

perfume still life with versence by Versace

In this garden
This lovely garden
I build a temple of love.

I Build this Garden For Us by Lenny Kravitz


PERFUMER: Alberto Morillas
YEAR: 2009



04. Comme des Garçons: Amazingreen

fragrance still life with amazingreen by comme des garçons

Creatures kissing in the rain
Shapeless in the dark again
In the hanging garden, please don’t speak
In the hanging garden, no one sleeps

The Hanging Garden by AFI


PERFUMER: Jean-Christophe Herault
YEAR: 2012



05. Stora Skuggan: Fantôme De Maule

fantome de maule by stora skuggan

There is a garden
Something like the shadow of a butterfly
And lies beyond the gates of dark and light
And darling, it belongs to me.

Magic Garden by Dusty Springfield


PERFUMER: Tomas Hempel
YEAR: 2015



06. Diptyque: Eau Moheli

Herbarium Eau moheli by Diptyque

A petal that isn’t torn
A heart that will not harden
A place that I can be born
In my secret garden
A rose without a thorn
A lover without scorn.

Secret Garden by Madonna


PERFUMER: Olivier Pescheux
YEAR: 2013



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