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RBC Waterscape Garden unveiled for Chelsea 2014

Former RHS Young Designer of the Year showcases inventive water management

The RBC Waterscape Garden

LONDON, November 12, 2013 - Royal Bank of Canada today announced its partnership with RHS Young Designer of the Year 2010, Hugo Bugg, to present the "RBC Waterscape Garden", at the 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show (20 - 24 May 2014).

Sophisticated, sustainable and symbolic, Hugo Bugg's design will highlight global water issues and demonstrate practical, year-round water management solutions for home gardeners, showing how they can "embrace the rain" in their own gardens. This is in keeping with the goals of the RBC Blue Water Project (opens new window) - a wide-ranging, 10-year global commitment to help protect the world's fresh water resources.

Drawing inspiration from the parched effects caused by extreme global weather, the design is layered with naturally-occurring geometric patterns. The resulting angles and striking motifs expose and conceal sections of the garden, enticing visitors to explore the space via a 'floating walkway'. Water will be directed through the garden at different gradients and speeds, mimicking the natural watershed and showing how storm water management can replicate nature although in bold and inventive ways.

A variety of plants will have different roles in the garden's filtration, rain garden, and retention pools inviting unusual combinations and contrasts. A range of trees, grasses and herbaceous perennials will attract, give shelter and provide food for birds and insects, while selected irises and geum 'lemondrops' will create a vibrant scene of blues, lime-greens and yellows.

Commenting on the collaboration with Royal Bank of Canada, Hugo Bugg said: "In tackling RBC's brief, I was keen to present a concept that was fresh and bold yet practical and pertinent. The RBC Waterscape Garden will profile cutting edge features that promote urban cooling, flood prevention and biodiversity, while strong forms and lines illustrate how sustainable design can be elegant. My hope is that people will leave the garden empowered and inspired to improve water retention in their own gardens, and better understand of the importance of embracing the rain."

Lynn Patterson, director of Corporate Responsibility at RBC, said: "Hugo's ability to take inspiration from a variety of sources and translate this into captivating garden design is truly commendable, and we are thrilled to be partnering with such an exciting talent for the 2014 Show. The finite nature of fresh water resources is well-documented but still largely underestimated. In line with the goals of the RBC Blue Water Project, Hugo's design succinctly explores the way we use this invaluable asset, especially in our towns and cities."

About Hugo Bugg
Recently commissioned designer of the first Royal Botanic Gardens in Jordan (400 acre botanic garden in the mountains above Amman), Hugo Bugg was named Young Designer of the Year by the RHS in 2010. He has also won two Gold medals at prestigious RHS flower shows including Hampton Court Palace Show in 2011 and Tatton Park in 2010 where he also won Best in Show. Still at the young age of 26 Hugo has also just completed a Tanzanian tropical rainforest glasshouse within the new MUSE science museum, Trento, Italy, designed by leading architect Renzo Piano. As well as running a leading design practice, Hugo gives guest lectures and seminars at leading garden design colleges and trade shows throughout the UK.

"I have great interest in pushing the boundaries of garden design and take artistic inspiration from a wide range of sources - from fashion to interior design to sculpture. Every project offers creative design challenges and opportunities for collaboration. I am passionate about exceeding the client's dreams."

Hugo Bugg Landscapes is one of the UK's most celebrated new garden design practices, offering comprehensive and innovative garden design service throughout the UK and overseas. Based in Exeter, his studio provides seamless service from design to completion. His portfolio includes elegant and uplifting modern gardens in private and commercial settings. This ranges from London contemporary roof terraces and urban courtyards to large country gardens and public spaces.

About the RBC Blue Water Project
The RBC Blue Water Project is an historic, wide-ranging, 10-year global commitment to help protect the world's most precious natural resource: fresh water. Since 2007, RBC has pledged over $36 million to more than 500 charitable organizations worldwide that protect watersheds and promote access to clean drinking water, with an additional $6 million pledged to universities for water programs. In 2013-2014, the RBC Blue Water Project will focus on supporting initiatives that help protect water in towns, cities and urbanized areas. For further information, visit (opens new window).

About RBC
Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) and its subsidiaries operate under the master brand name RBC. We are Canada's largest bank as measured by assets and market capitalization, and are among the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America's leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management services, insurance, and investor services and wholesale banking on a global basis. We employ approximately 80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 15 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 44 other countries. For more information, please visit

RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2012, we contributed more than $95 million to causes worldwide, including donations and community investments of more than $64 million and $31 million in sponsorships.

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