Holly Johnston

Meet the designer of The Bridgerton Garden in the Sanctuary category at RHS Chelsea 2024

Holly Johnston

Holly Johnston

Holly studied Garden Design at the English Gardening School at the Chelsea Physic Garden, graduating with distinction and first in her class. She is passionate about sustainable design and her conceptual approach balances formality with organic charm and understated elegance, often inspired by the rolling landscapes of her homeland in New Zealand.

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Prior to her career in garden design, Holly worked in journalism, media and account management in both New York and London before craving a more creative and fulfilling path. Her earlier corporate career gives her an understanding of professional yet informal and collaborative, client-led relationships that work hand-in-hand to execute a shared vision.
Holly says: “It’s a privilege to showcase my work and have the opportunity to create a garden for such an iconic and globally beloved show. 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.  On a business level, as a relatively new member of the industry, I’m hopeful that designing at RHS Chelsea will enable me to expand my network and community, giving me the opportunity to engage, learn and grow.”

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