Dating back to the 1950s, returning after an absence of 15 years, the Manchester Flower Show returns - as part of this year's King Street Festival – with green installations, hanging baskets, cut flowers and a showcase of seasonal produce and plants all lining Upper King Street.
The city's best amateur and professional gardeners, growers, florists and nurseries, meanwhile, have created pocket gardens, 'green takeovers' and table displays that sum up this year's 'Vintage Manchester' theme – with their gorgeous, green creations judged by the Royal Horticultural Society's Marcus Chilton-Jones. Entries include: a Manchester music garden, floral takeovers from florists Venus Flowers, Northern Flowers, The Manchester Florist and Blossom, a floral bus stop and a garden from The Pankhurst Centre.
Garden Tropic of Mancunia 53N
Inspired by the former Manchester Botanic Gardens in Old Trafford, this garden created by designer Tom Jameson, will be crammed with tropical plants and trees. Proof that a tropics inspired garden can be created in a small space in Manchester, a city closer to the Arctic Circle than the Equator.
A Mancunian Welcome - The Virgin Money Lounge Hospitality Garden, King Street
Known for hospitality, Virgin Money Lounge has created a garden where you can relax, enjoy a cup of complimentary coffee, and listen to the tinkling of the resident grand piano – decked out with flowers especially for the weekend.
Real Food Wythenshawe’s ‘Blooming Food’ is an edible flowery feast to behold! This garden features pansy, violas, roses, lavender, nasturtiums - All chosen for their beauty, colour and taste.
A Splash of Colour
Demonstrating how you can brighten up even a small space, this garden uses Garden4me GIANT raised planters - a vibrant product in a unique design - which come with a range of great features including a built-in self-regulating reservoir. The reservoir ensures flowers, vegetables and herbs can all thrive and remain healthy, whilst capturing rainwater into the basin for recycling.
Reach Out and Sit down next to Us!
A bright and cheerful garden where you can come and sit down and talk through your problems. Created by staff, volunteers and members of START - a local charity that supports adults with Mental Health needs through creative gardening and arts courses and activities, this Pocket Garden is part of their aim to raise awareness about suicide via the 'Reach Out' campaign and will be used in their own garden in Salford after the Festival.
Kabloom’s seedboms are guerrilla gardening grenades filled with wildflower power! These eco-friendly bio-bombs of peace and responsible rebellion are designed to work with nature in the city and support pollinating insects. Throw it and Grow it!
Ashton Hydroponics garden proves that plants don’t require soil to live. Learn about the science behind hydroponic growing that means even if you don’t have a garden you can grow fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers in your own home.
Sharps in Bloom
Sharps Bedrooms & Home Office presents a floral window reminiscent of a summer meadow featuring peonies, gypsy grass, daffodils and roses.
Northern Flower and Stuart Jones Styling Optician Green Collaboration
Northern Flower have taken over Stuart Jones Styling Opticians and given them a green, lush take on their signage for The Manchester Flower Show using moss, foliages and chrysanthemums.
The Wild Cheshire Garden By Frog
This takeover uses the pedestrian crossing on Cross Street as its base, giving shoppers a floral experience inspired by a Cheshire garden whilst waiting to cross from The King Street Festival on Lower King Street to the Manchester Flower Show on Upper King Street.
I Love MCR - A Floral Bus Stop by Venus Flowers
Venus Flowers, the flower engineers of Manchester, will create a floral invention like never seen before, turning the canopy of a boring city centre bus stop into a floral wonderland!
Displays and Demonstrations
IKEBANA - East and West
Ikebana tutor Junko brings Japanese ancient art form of flower arranging to the modern British city of Manchester, introducing its spirit into your living space through display and demonstration on King Street.
A classic design from Chorlton’s Blossom Flowers using seasonal Cornish grown flowers and foliage including Lisianthus, cornflowers, peonies, delphium, larkspur, antirrhinum and sweet william.
The Greenhouse by Nonsense + The Clorofilas
Prestwich-based plant store Nonsense come to the street with a creative display of house plants perfect for modern living and inspired by nature, design and culture. Designer Jeanette Ramirez (The Clorofilas) creates a wooden greenhouse to display these beautiful indoor plants.
Charles Taylor Garden Furniture
Handcrafted on the edge of the Peak District their traditional, handcrafted garden furniture has the true traditional touch and with its ergonomic design, not only is it comfortable, but helps with your posture and increases relaxation. You can test and order furniture at their demo space at The Manchester Flower Show.
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