May 2017

RHS Chelsea Flower Show: A garden with a golden legacy

Following its starring role at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017, the gold medal-winning Royal Bank of Canada Garden will find a new home at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust Martin Mere Wetland Centre in Lancashire.

Our relationship with the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust stretches back to 2009 when the conservation charity became the first beneficiary of a RBC Blue Water Project grant in the British Isles. This is the 10th year of the RBC Blue Water Project, a wide-ranging, global commitment to help protect the world’s fresh water resources. The donation of this year’s Chelsea garden will help to develop the trust’s own boreal habitat and draw visitors from across the UK.

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.