In Grasse, where Chanel has planted the only tuberose fields in France (and the biggest in Europe), having bought a box of bulbs from a retiring farmer six years ago, they blossom only twice a year and are harvested by a team of pickers in crisp cream aprons over two weeks.
— The Evening Standard looks at the return of tuberose; read more in Eau de Eighties: Tuberose is making its comeback.
I wonder how big the box of bulbs really was? Seems pretty magical to get the biggest tuberose fields in France in only six years from one box of bulbs?
No idea. And don’t think there is a whole lot of tuberose grown in Europe now in any case — just guessing, but would think this is important to Chanel for reasons other than actual tuberose production.
I love it when two of my passions, gardening and fragrance, are discussed together! I have now added the Chanel tuberose fields to my bucket list of places to visit, although I’ve already been to Grasse (many years ago, on my honeymoon). But if you want a serious tuberose, try PK Perfumes’ TNT: http://pkperfumes.com/shop/tnt-tama-n-tuberose/. It’s gorgeous!