"Bridgerton": The Flowers and Fields of Regency England with Dr. Alette Fleischer

"Bridgerton": The Flowers and Fields of Regency England with Dr. Alette Fleischer


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In the Netflix-hit "Bridgerton", beautiful flower arrangements and sumptuous trees laden with blossoms adorn the featured houses, gardens, and parks. How much is fictional? Let us take a closer look at Regency flowers and fields with a local garden expert.

We’ll touch on the evolution of English gardens from the late eighteenth century onwards. English gardens and botanical parks welcomed the arrival of many new flowers, fruits, flowering shrubs, and trees from Britain's colonies and trading posts around the globe. We’ll discuss how a garden was considered to be the highest state of civilization and refinement. We’ll discuss the flowerless concept created by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, to the geometrical bold floral designs of Humphry Repton, and finally that of our main focus, Regency England. We’ll learn about the rise of the public park, with Regent’s Park as the first of its kind. Here, all layers of society could go to and promenade, play sports games, learn about botany, and take fresh air. As we know from both history and the series, it was a perfect meeting ground for debutants and suitors.

The makers of "Bridgerton" gave a lot of attention to plants in and outside the Regency homes. Quite rightly so. But now, we shall take a stroll along the flower-filled paths and greens and discover the real Regency garden.

Led by an expert on garden and landscape history, Dr. Alette Fleischer, this interactive seminar focuses on the history of Regency garden design. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding that the Regency garden was more than a site for romance.

Amsterdam-born Alette Fleischer has a degree in Art History and a PhD in 17th Dutch History, focusing on gardens, science, and technology. She has curated several exhibitions, publishes articles, presents lectures, and a proud Context Expert. For Context Travel, Alette has led the Rijksmuseum tours many times. Motto: staying curious is key for being a good historian.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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