A major new garden installation, ‘The Lost Gardens of Manchester,’ will be opening this Easter Weekend at Manchester Art Gallery. Produced by the National Trust, it will showcase the city’s rich gardening heritage and delve back into Manchester’s past to celebrate its wonderful gardens of yesteryear.
With Manchester becoming a much more industrial and urban landscape over the last couple of decades, the installation will ‘reflect and celebrate the changes to the seasons’ and give residents and tourists alike the chance to sit and enjoy a natural change of scenery.
National Trust Gardener in Residence, Sean Harkin said: “Visitors will be amazed by the sheer scale of the installation and will be able to enjoy the sights and smells of the plants, relax and find themselves a world away from the hustle and bustle of today’s Manchester.”
The exhibit aims to be as interactive as possible, with a magical display of orchids inside the stairwell and housing plenty of blossom through the spring season.
Alongside this will be a number of paintings and photos highlighting several sites in and around Manchester which used to be predominately green space including Shudehill which, in 1753, was home to bountiful orchards rather than the bus interchange it is today.
Parts of the display will focus on the glasshouses and grounds of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Old Trafford, which welcomed nearly five million visitors in an exhibition celebrating Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887 and Belle Vue Zoological Gardens, which hosted fairgrounds and circuses before its closure in 1977.
This installation will be a living example of Manchester’s joy of gardening, inspiring the next generation to keep this city’s gardening heritage alive for years to come.
“This exceptional installation will transform the stunning grade 1 listed architecture of Manchester Art Gallery into a green and lush space, a place for reflection, relaxation, and verdant beauty,” said Maria Balshaw, Director of Manchester City Galleries.