Manchester city centre gets award-winning orchard after 20-mile switch from Tatton Park

By Culture24 Reporter | 19 August 2011
A photo of a garden full of yellow and dark blue flowers
An award-winning garden is to be shifted to Manchester's bustling metropolis© Anne Lister,
An orchard full of crab apples and eye-catching flowers will be transported from Cheshire’s Tatton Park to the heart of Manchester in a “respite from the concrete jungle” this month.

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine, an award-winning mini-garden designed by Daniela Coray, a 26-year-old American living in Cornwall, will slot into a permanent new home in St John’s Gardens in Castlefield, having starred in the Society’s prestigious annual Flower Show at Tatton.

Featuring 12 crab apple trees laid out on a grid, wildflowers including Viper’s Bugloss and Ox-Eye Daisies, herbs and asparagus, the haven saw Coray win gold at the Royal Horticultural Society’s national designer of the year awards.
“This garden examines the issue of green space in urban areas,” she said. “To have it permanently on display in a city as significant as Manchester is fantastic and very fitting as we first built it just down the road.

The garden is purposefully low maintenance and aims to provide the urban population with a respite from the concrete jungle."  
The entire garden will be transported to the Lower Byrom Street venue, where residents will be invited to “adopt” and tend to the plot. Building is expected to take three weeks.

"St John's Gardens is a lovely green space and the orchard will make it even better,” said Ali McGowan, of the Castlefield Forum.

“We're thrilled to have this beautiful show garden installed in our neighbourhood and we're looking forward to spending time in it and taking care of it."

  • Anyone wanting to help maintaining the garden should email Ali McGowan.

Image: Anne Lister is an artist and photographer from Manchester. See her group exhibition of contemporary landscape photography and her video short, "Landing", filmed at Manchester airport, which has been selected for the Punto y Raya (dots and lines) international film festival in Madrid.
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