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Royal Bank of Canada Garden

Hugo Bugg’s career as one of Britain’s most celebrated young garden designers has been driven by his desire to create gardens with underlying messages as bold and compelling as his designs. When the Chelsea 2014 Gold Medal-winning designer returns to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show next year (24-28 May 2016), Mr. Bugg will again partner with the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) to weave his passion for water and its symbolism into the design of the ‘Royal Bank of Canada Garden’

Royal Bank of Canada Garden RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016


‘I look at this garden as an extension of the RBC Waterscape Garden that I designed for the 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. I want visitors to be inspired by the dynamic and sculptural elements of the garden’s design but also understand humanity’s fundamental need for water, not just for consumption, but as an element that cleanses and heals, sculpts and softens, brings barren landscapes to life and lifts our spirits. My hope is that visitors leave with an appreciation of water’s importance to so many cultures around the world.'

Drawing inspiration from the Mediterranean pine habitat of Jordan, the design has water as the focal point at the heart of the garden. Bright, yet simple, plantings are coupled with bold geometric forms in a muted colour palette to create a mosaic of different shades and textures. Multi-faceted black basalt sculptural features are clustered together like water molecules in patterns historically and globally associated with water.

Royal Bank of Canada Garden RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

‘I’ve designed the Royal Bank of Canada Garden to be aesthetically pleasing and emblematic of the endangered pine habitat of Dibeen in Jordan. When choosing plants, I’ve selected those that help illustrate how gardens in arid environments can have beautiful flora that require minimal rainfall,’ continued Mr Bugg. ‘I also wanted to incorporate traditional artisanal techniques in a contemporary and dynamic way. With that in mind, the garden’s boundary is made of sculptural stone and a traditional woven Bedouin goat wool fabric, which provides a dramatic backdrop to the design.

Royal Bank of Canada Garden RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

The garden’s message of water’s importance is in keeping with the goals of the RBC Blue Water Project, a wide-ranging, global commitment to help protect the world’s fresh water resources.

Plant List:

Myrtus communis
Adonis annua 'Scarlet Chalice'
Salvia viridis
Pistacia lentiscus
Hordeum vulgare
Anchusa azurea 'Dropmore'
Tamarix ramosissima
Teucrium flavum
Origanum syriacum
Acanthus hirsutus subsp. syriacus
Achillea biebersteinii
Arbutus andrachne
Delphinium ithaburense
Eryngium maritimum
Euphorbia macroclada
Iris nigricans
Phlomis herba-venti
Pinus halepensis
Melica persica
Ajuga orientalis