RHS Announces its First Large Scale Indoor Show

NEW RHS Urban Show to be held in Central Manchester, April 2024 

Today, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced its plans to hold a new Urban Show in Central Manchester.  From 18 – 21 April 2024, the RHS will transform Manchester’s historic former railway station, Depot Mayfield, into an urban grower’s paradise full of small space gardening inspiration to encourage and inspire city dwellers to grow plants for both their indoor and outside spaces.
The RHS Urban Show will be very different to the RHS’s current roster of Flower Shows, with an industrial, indoor, city centre location and immersive experience designed for those who live in cities with limited or no outdoor growing space.
Whilst urban growing will be at the heart of the show, the influence horticulture has on interior design, art, wellness and sustainability will also be explored. There will be innovative gardening features with design inspiration for small city spaces, such as vertical gardening and urban farming along with immersive plant installations, a host of talks, advice and practical workshops and a carefully curated selection of plant nurseries selling a huge variety of houseplants and small space friendly plants. 
Helena Pettit, Director of Gardens & Shows said: “In recent years there’s been a real gardening boom and we believe more young people living in cities are now growing plants.
“So we are so excited to be bringing a new RHS Show dedicated to urban gardening to the centre of Manchester next year.  The RHS Urban Show aims to bring gardening to a new audience and demonstrate that if you have plants you are a gardener.
“There is so much great work already happening across the city to make it greener and we are excited to help support this growing movement. We want to get even more people living in the UK’s second largest city inspired to grow plants and connect to the natural world.
“With over 80% of the UK population living in towns and cities, the new show will enable more urban dwellers to garden, especially where access to green spaces can be limited.”
As part of the RHS strategy to 2030* launched earlier this year, one priority is to open up gardening for anyone, anywhere and the new RHS Urban Show is one of the ways in which the RHS hopes to do this.
Further details about the show will be released as content is confirmed. For anyone interested in getting involved visit:
Tickets for all 2024 RHS Shows go on sale to RHS Members on Monday 21 September and to the public on Monday 28 September. To book visit:

Notes to editors

* A lifelong adventure with gardening: RHS Strategy to 2030 can be viewed here.
RHS Urban Show
Dates: 18-21 April
Location: Depot Mayfield, 11 Baring Street, Manchester, M1 2PY
Tickets from £16 (plus admin fee)                                                                                                        
RHS Malvern Spring Festival
Dates: 9 – 12 May 2024
Location: Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcester, WR13 6NW
Tickets from £23.00 (plus admin fee)                                                                                                        
RHS Chelsea Flower Show sponsored by The Newt in Somerset
Dates: 21-25 May 2024
Location: Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, SW3 4SR    
Tickets from £37.00 (plus admin fee)                                                                                                 
RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival
Dates: 2-7 July 2024
Location: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU
Tickets from £25.00 (plus admin fee)                                                                                                    
Children £8.00                                                                                              
RHS Flower Show Tatton Park
Dates: 17 -21 July 2024
Location: Tatton Park, Mereheath Lane, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN
Tickets from: £24.00 (plus admin fee)                                                                                                         
Children £8.00

About the RHS
Since our formation in 1804, the RHS has grown into the UK’s leading gardening charity, touching the lives of millions of people. Perhaps the secret to our longevity is that we’ve never stood still. In the last decade alone we’ve taken on the largest hands-on project the RHS has ever tackled by opening RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford, Greater Manchester, and invested in the science that underpins all our work by building RHS Hilltop – The Home of Gardening Science. 

We have committed to being net positive for nature and people by 2030. We are also committed to being truly inclusive and to reflect all the communities of the UK.  

Across our five RHS gardens we welcome more than three million visitors each year to enjoy over 34,000 different cultivated plants. Events such as the world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show, other national shows, our schools and community work, and partnerships such as Britain in Bloom, all spread the shared joy of gardening to wide-reaching audiences.
Throughout it all we’ve held true to our charitable core – to encourage and improve the science, art and practice of horticulture –to share the love of gardening and the positive benefits it brings. For more information visit   

RHS Registered Charity No. 222879/SC038262

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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.