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RBC reveals garden for 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show


Charlotte Harris to design her first show garden, drawing inspiration from Canada’s boreal forest and waterways in the 150th year of the Federation of Canada

Charlotte to lead all-female design team


LONDON, UK, November 10, 2016 - 2017 marks a significant year for 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 also the 150th anniversary of the Federation of Canada. It is these two celebrations that are at the core of RBC’s garden at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show 2017, which draws inspiration from Canada’s 1.2 billion-acre boreal forest.

Artist’s rendition of the Royal Bank of Canada Garden for the 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Image by Sarah Jane Moon.

Artist’s rendition of the Royal Bank of Canada Garden for the 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Image by Sarah Jane Moon.

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“When designing this garden, I spent time exploring northern Ontario on foot and by canoe – navigating the waterways, pine forests, flora and granite of the boreal,” said Charlotte Harris. “This time was a precious source of inspiration for the design, providing an appreciation of what comprises this unique and beautiful environment, as well as the importance of living sustainably and in harmony with our precious ecosystems.”

The boreal forest is the largest intact forest and wetland ecosystem on earth, holding the largest unfrozen source of freshwater and storing twice the amount of carbon as tropical forests.1 The garden seeks to create a space inspired by this landscape, rather than to recreate it. A wilder garden folds around man-made elements, crafted from materials evocative of the boreal.

“We are excited to partner with Charlotte for our seventh garden at the 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show,” said Stuart Rutledge, CEO, RBC Wealth Management – International. “The garden design is a tribute to the beauty of Canada’s boreal forest. 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.”

As a company that actively promotes and encourages diversity and inclusion, RBC is proud to support an all-female design team at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. 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.

1 According to The Pew Environment Group, International Boreal Conservation Campaign

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About the RBC Blue Water Project
The RBC Blue Water Project is a historic, wide-ranging, 10-year global commitment to help protect the world’s most precious natural resource: fresh water. Since 2007, RBC has pledged more than $47 million to 760 charitable organizations worldwide that protect watersheds and promote access to clean drinking water, with an additional $8.8 million pledged to universities for water programs. For further information, visit

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