Water at heart of Hugo Bugg's Royal Bank of Canada garden

Arid-climate plants that need minimal rainfall will be a key feature of Hugo Bugg's Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) at Chelsea 2016.

Hugo Bugg's arid landscape garden for RBC at Chelsea 2016.
Hugo Bugg's arid landscape garden for RBC at Chelsea 2016.

Drawing inspiration from the Mediterranean pine habitat of Jordan, the design has water as the focal point at the heart of the garden. Bright, simple plantings will be 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 will be clustered together like water molecules in patterns historically and globally associated with water.

Bugg said he looks at the new garden as an extension of his 2014 RBC Chelsea garden.

"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."

Bugg continued: "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 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."

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.

'We are thrilled to partner with Hugo again for the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, following his Gold Medal success in 2014,' said Stuart Rutledge, chief executive of RBC Wealth Management – International.

"His design is a testament to the goals and principles of the RBC Blue Water Project. Hugo's ability to express the importance of water and integrate it into a striking garden is extraordinary."

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