Gold at RHS Chelsea for Hugo

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Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society member Anna Bugg has reason to be the proudest of gardening mothers. Anna and husband Steve’s son, Hugo, has received a gold medal for his design of a waterscape garden at the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show today. It was Hugo’s first appearance at Chelsea and, at 27 years old, he is the youngest contender ever to win a gold in the Show Gardens category.

Hugo’s winning garden was sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada and his brief was to create a beautiful garden with a strong message of taking responsibility for water usage. The design shows how water management features that occur in the natural world can be replicated in bold and innovative ways in urban gardens. Mimicking natural watershed, water is directed through the garden at different gradients and speeds. The garden is layered with naturally occurring patterns, drawing inspiration from the parched effects of extreme global weather. Hugo says, ‘By imitating the cycle of water in the wild, and showing how it can be encouraged to permeate the ground gradually, I hope we will inspire visitors to reproduce some of the ideas in their own gardens’. To see pictures of the design and details of plants used link to

Hugo grew up in Uplyme, was a pupil at Woodroffe School and studied garden design at Falmouth University. He runs an award-winning garden design practice in Exeter and has won gold awards at RHS Tatton Park and RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Shows in previous years. He was guest speaker at the Society’s August 2013 meeting when he gave members an inspiring talk on designing a show garden.