Manchester is about to be turned into a massive urban garden for Dig the City festival

By Culture24 Reporter | 23 July 2015

What happens when a beautiful urban garden opens in front of Selfridges? Dig the City is back

A photo of a woman holding up an umbrella made of flowers
© Carl Sudonik
Manchester is about to answer Chelsea. Urban gardening festival Dig the City is back next week, planting 28 Show Gardens and installations, including an award-winning bee garden, a soil-less garden and a community garden made with no expense, only salvage.

A photo of a shopping centre space covered in colourful flowers
© Dig the City
Models posed with fresh floral umbrellas to mark the launch. The theme for this year is Innovate and Interact, with highlights including a pop-up meadow on wheels from horticultural experts Kew Gardens, a mountain stream by Hulme Community Garden Centre, a garden which erupts from cracks in Manchester’s pavements and a vertical growing experiment with bug houses and a mud kitchen from Incredible Edible. 

A photo of a man looking at lots of lush flowers and plants in an urban space
© Dig the City
Manchester's most famous street will host the Coronation Street The Tour Garden. Partly designed by the city council, the garden explores how a famous ginnel behind the Rovers Return can be turned green and beautiful.  The garden will be used to create a new green alleyway in the city following the festival.

A photo of lots of lush flowers and plants in an urban space
© Dig the City
IWM North will be celebrating their Horrible Histories: Blitzed Brits summer exhibition with a ‘Dig for Victory’ allotment, and hanging baskets will bloom in New Cathedral Street, aiming to create colour and fragrance at every turn.

A photo of lots of upended trees next to an open space in front of a shopping centre
© Dig the City
Manchester Jazz Festival will be taking over the New Cathedral Street Bandstand on the opening Sunday, and there will be three spectacular gardens fresh from RHS Tatton, including a previous Tatton Gold winner, the bee garden and a striking space where visitors can become RHS designers and rearrange the plants to their liking.

A photo of lots of plants and flowers around a wooden table outdoors
© Dig the City
Visitors can take a plant to St Ann’s Square on the opening weekend to make a triumphant Manchester ‘People’s Garden’. Those who bring a pot will be into a fabulous prize draw, with plants will be donated to local community groups as part of Dig the City’s lasting legacy.

A photo of two women and a man standing under umbrellas made of floral arrangements
© Carl Sudonik
A special moving fashion show, #digforfashion, will strut on a green grass runway, giving fans the chance to vote for their favourite window on social media.

  • Dig the City runs July 31 - August 6 2015. Visit for full details.

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