Marketing Manchester, part of the Growth Company, is gearing up to change perceptions of the city when it debuts The Manchester Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The garden is designed by Exterior Architecture and exhibiting in the Space to Grow category. The Manchester Garden will offer a fresh perspective on post-industrial cities, highlighting the reinvention of Greater Manchester, its resilience and its adaptability.
The garden will aim to challenge long held pre-conceptions about the region. As well as raising important questions about how cities manage urban green infrastructure in the face of climate change, rising temperatures and weather extremes.
Along with a structure that incorporates urban, parkland, remediation and sustainable drainage system (SuDS) planting, The Manchester Garden will feature several talking points that relate back to the city:
  • Ten trees to represent the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester. Provided by Manchester’s very own City of Trees initiative, which aims to plant a tree for every Greater Manchester resident, within a generation.
  • A water feature telling the story of the region’s major waterways.
  • A paved area created with beautiful local sandstone, named after a founding city elder, Sir Joseph Whitworth.

Jonathan Miley, Director at Exterior Architecture, said:

“As landscape architects, we see the natural environment as a key component of our urban centres. Our design reflects the innovative way in which landscape intertwines with the places in which we live, work and play, and charts Manchester’s industrial history and re-emergence as a green and ‘Original Modern’ city region.

“A desire to work collaboratively alongside partner organisations to create resilient and adaptive urban landscapes is at the heart of our approach and we’re very much looking forward to supporting Manchester in delivering this exciting and high-profile project for the city region at Chelsea Flower Show. The legacy of the garden will materialise after the show when we will relocate elements of the garden within the Greater Manchester area.”

The Garden will also feature a focal sculpture by Denton-based studio Lazerian,created by artist Liam Hopkins. The seven-metre 3D design will showcase the region’s journey from one-time ‘cottonpolis’ to the home of graphene by referencing the structural similarities of both materials: cotton and graphene.
The Manchester Garden embodies many of the qualities that define Greater Manchester. This includes resilience, ambition, diversity and progressive thinking. Greater Manchester is a global role model in the UN’s Making Cities Resilient programme and is working to become one of the most resilient places in the world to live, work, play and visit.