The Manchester Garden

Space to Grow

The Manchester Garden offers a new perspective on post-industrial cities, championing green spaces and honouring sustainability. The garden incorporates inspiring and considered ideas on this theme: the potential of planting for managing water through sustainable drainage systems; trees chosen specifically for their resilience to future climate change; using plants to clean and improve urban soil; and demonstrating the environmental, social and economic benefits of parks.
Spanning these planted narrative areas is a sculpture that showcases a journey from one-time ‘cottonpolis’ to the home of graphene. The Manchester Garden has a space to gather together in a paved area created with beautiful local sandstone.
The key structural plants in the garden are honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos f. inermis), Japanese zelkova (Zelkova serrata), hybrid plane (Platanus x acerifolia) and white mulberry (Morus alba). They have been chosen following assessment of their resilience and adaptability characteristics as well as suitability for the Manchester climate now and potentially in the future.

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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.