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A Bridgerton garden is coming to the Chelsea Flower Show

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Netflix to create Bridgerton garden at RHS ChelseaLiam Daniel/Netflix

Bridgerton fans rejoice! Netflix and Shondaland are debuting at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May with the Bridgerton Garden.

Designed by Holly Johnston, the Bridgerton Garden is described as a 'secretive and secluded space' based on Penelope Featherington, a wallflower-like character that will be at the forefront of the upcoming third season of the period drama.

Much like Penelope's character, the garden will represent a young woman's coming-of-age story, and show how gardens can represent people's innermost emotions, desires and personalities.

The anticipated release of Bridgerton series three (16th May 2024), comes a week before RHS Chelsea (21st - 25th May), so it's the perfect time for fans to experience the beauty of the Bridgerton world in real life, and get some planting and design tips on how to create a secretive and secluded space that's full of whimsy.

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'RHS Chelsea is truly an institution in the UK, with such a hugely passionate fan base. In cementing Bridgerton as a beloved franchise in the UK, Netflix wanted to speak directly to the Chelsea audience and celebrate the beauty and opulent English florals that fill our screens in the Bridgerton world,' says Netflix.

The Bridgerton Garden

  • Category: Sanctuary Gardens

  • Designed by: Holly Johnston

  • Built by: Stewart Landscape Construction

  • Sponsored by: Netflix

What will the garden look like?

The garden will look informal and 'relatively undone', with a natural feel and whimsical planting that reflects feelings of secrecy, growth and desire.

As the garden will mirror Penelope's personal journey (how she grapples with her hidden identity and navigates the expectations of society), there'll be a moon gate leading to an ornate water feature, plus a sunken seating area in the heart of the garden.

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First look at the Bridgerton Gardennetflix

Down one half will be a shaded space, alluding to themes of mystery, turmoil, and defiance, where layers of groundcover, ferns, and ivy represent a woven network of secrets. In contrast, the other half will feature a bright palette of sophisticated colours. This 'full bloom' effect will be symbolic of Penelope's self development and growing confidence.

There'll also be a curving path towards the back of the garden with an inscribed monolith symbolising change.

'It's a privilege to showcase my work and have the opportunity to create a garden for such an iconic and globally beloved show,' says garden designer Holly Johnston.' Netflix and Shondaland’s adaptation of Bridgerton is eagerly anticipated, so I’m delighted to design a garden that tells an important, female-centric story of a woman coming of age, accepting her true self and stepping into the light.'

What happens in Bridgerton season three?

Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) has finally given up on her long-held crush on Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) after hearing his disparaging words about her last season. She decides it’s time to find a husband who will provide her with enough independence to continue her double life as Lady Whistledown, and get her far away from her mother and sisters. But, lacking in confidence, Penelope’s attempts fail spectacularly.

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Nicola Coughlan as Penelope FeatheringtonLaurence Cendrowicz/Netflix

Meanwhile, Colin has returned from his summer travels with a new look but he's disheartened to realise that Penelope is giving him the cold shoulder. Eager to win back her friendship, Colin offers to mentor Penelope to help her build confidence, and in turn find a husband. But soon, Colin must grapple with whether his feelings for Penelope are truly just friendly.

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Colin Bridgerton and Penelope FeatheringtonLiam Daniel/Netflix

To complicate matters, Penelope's ex-best friend Eloise (Claudia Jessie) has found a new friend in a very unlikely place, while Penelope's growing presence in the ton makes it all the more difficult to keep her Lady Whistledown alter ego a secret.

Bridgerton returns to Netflix for a two-part season on 16th May and 13th June 2024.

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