Welcome to the Story of Scent Cell Phone Tour.
I’m Lesley Parness, Superintendent of Horticultural Education for the Morris County Park Commission and I’ll be narrating this tour.
Please use your brochure and map to travel from the Haggerty Education Center’s displays to outdoor exhibits throughout the grounds. You can follow the tour in numerical order or any order you wish. Further instructions are in the brochure. The text of this tour and collateral materials are available at arboretumfriends.org
Smell is an ancient sense. All living things, from single-celled bacteria to the most accomplished bloodhound, can detect chemicals in their environment. Odors are chemicals they are held in molecules that travel and smelling is kind of chemical sensing.
Smell is our most permanent sense. Smells go straight to our long-term memory banks. Smells are processed in the same brain regions responsible for processing emotion, motivation, fear, memory, pleasure and attraction, making them an important aspect of social interactions.
Exposure to scents triggers emotional responses. Melon draws feelings of friendliness and happiness. Vanilla makes us think of comfort. Talcum powder makes us feel safe, secure and nostalgic. Apple or cucumber makes the room seem larger.
Aromas trigger memories too. Memories influence emotions. Emotions set moods. And moods dictate action. Make some scent memories today as you experience the Story of Scent exhibit and cell phone tour.
This tour is made possibly through the generosity of Coty, whom we wish to thank for their support, both financial and instructional. Additional support was provided by Provident Bank Foundation and The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum.