Manchester Flower Show needs your help to bring the city centre into bloom

The Greater Manchester green-fingered community can showcase their talent while creating an unforgettable floral takeover of the city
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The prestigious Manchester Flower Show returns this June – and festival organisers are calling out to professional and amateur gardeners, florists, landscapers, businesses, charities and schools across the region to be a part of the city’s annual urban floral extravaganza.

Celebrating the start of summer and the Queen’s Jubilee weekend, the festival, organised by Manchester Business Improvement District, will take place from 2nd – 5th June.

It will bring fabulous floral trails, gardens and green installations across the city centre.

While still paying homage to the original Manchester Flower Show, which began in 1955, the event has evolved in recent years offering an urban take on its predecessor.

It hopes to bring fun and floral frivolity to the city’s streets, alongside al fresco dining and festival themed cocktails and afternoon teas.

The Manchester Flower Show also offers the chance for the Greater Manchester green-fingered community to showcase their talent while helping create an unforgettable floral takeover of the city centre.

Manchester Business Improvement District is behind The Manchester Flower Show as part of its annual calendar of public events in Manchester’s central shopping district.

Manchester BID previously delivered the popular urban gardening festival Dig the City, which took place in Manchester’s retail heart from 2011-2015, and attracted national attention, event and RHS ‘In Bloom’ awards.

Dig the City focused on inner-city gardening techniques and bringing RHS style Show Gardens onto the streets of Manchester to be judged by famous gardeners including Monty Don and Diarmuid Gavin. The event also featured talks, workshops and garden parties.

Participation in the Manchester Flower Show is free, with no cost for using the spaces allocated, although displays are required to be self-funded, and can either be a garden or large display or a smaller more bijou container garden.

Local businesses and offices in the city centre are also being encouraged to show their support by greening or floralising their shop fronts and offices.

Opportunities are also available for flower, plant, produce, artwork and ceramics traders at the festival’s Flower Market.

For more information and expressions of interest contact events@cityco.com. The deadline for completed applications is Friday 22nd April 2022.

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