May 2017

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 garden revealed

Featured above: Sketch of the Royal Bank of Canada Garden inspired by the vast and ecologically vital boreal forest and freshwater lakes of Canada.

2017 marks a significant year for Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). Not only is it the 10th year of the RBC Blue Water Project™, a wide-ranging, global commitment to help protect the world’s fresh water resources, but it is also the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. These two celebrations are at the core of the Royal Bank of Canada Garden at the 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which draws inspiration from Canada’s 1.2 billion-acre boreal forest, the largest intact forest and wetland ecosystem on Earth.

Hear directly from Charlotte about her journey:

When designing the garden, Charlotte spent time in Northern Ontario exploring on foot and by canoe – navigating the waterways, pine forests, flora and granite of the boreal.

Designed by Charlotte Harris, the garden seeks to create a space inspired by the boreal forest, rather than recreate it. This will be Charlotte’s first time as lead designer at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, having previously worked on a number of Main Avenue gardens, including Luciano Giubbilei’s Best in Show garden of 2014 and Hugo Bugg’s Royal Bank of Canada Garden in 2016. Charlotte has chosen a strong female design team including architect, technical detailer and horticulturists.

As one of the largest Canadian companies in the UK, we look forward to bringing Canada to Chelsea and marking the country’s 150th birthday.