Dig the City Manchester

Friday 31 July to Thursday 6 August 2015

Dig the City 2015 – Show Gardens Announced

Pop-up Meadows, Bridgewater Hall, Digital Gardens, Horrible Histories and more .

Pictured: Floral dress from Dig the City 2013, Dig the City 2015 judge & BBC presenter Diarmuid Gavin

Dig the City, the UK’s biggest urban gardening festival and summer party has revealed the spectacular Show Gardens and green installations taking over Manchester city centre from Friday July 31st – Thursday August 6th.

The week-long event celebrates summer in the city, and will transform Manchester’s shopping streets into a giant garden party. Each Show Garden and installation will be judged by celebrity gardener and BBC presenter Diarmuid Gavin, who describes Dig the City as “a joyous and slightly leftfield occasion, which puts urban gardening squarely on Manchester’s map.”

Successful entries have come from designers both professional and amateur, as well as community groups and businesses. The 2015 festival theme is Innovate and Interact, and highlights include a pop-up meadow on wheels from horticultural institution Kew Gardens, an erupting garden bursting from cracks in Manchester’s pavements, a garden of the future using hydroponics – and a vision of vertical growing by Incredible Edible.




Dig the City Festival gives away half a million seeds to grow new ‘Dig Garden’ in central Manchester

 Dig the City, Manchester’s summer garden festival, is spreading the flower power this bank holiday, giving away 1000 free packets of seeds to create a new garden in the heart of the city. With an average of 500 seeds in every packet, this means at least half a million seeds will be given to gardeners across Manchester.

To celebrate the return of the UK’s biggest urban gardening festival, which will take place from Friday 31 July – Thursday 6 August, Dig the City has collaborated with celebrity gardener Sarah Raven to get the city growing.

Nelson Beaumont Laurencia, Dig the City Producer says “Dig the City is all about celebrating summer in the city, so what better way to get started than to grow your own garden party?”

“Gardeners should bring their blooms back on the first weekend of the festival and help us grow a garden right in the heart of the city. You’ll be in with a chance to win good things from the city centre’s top shops. If keen gardeners would like to bring any other flowers or plants to join our Dig Garden they would be most welcome!”

Sarah Raven said “Dig the City is a fantastic summer festival, and I love the idea of a garden filled with flowers grown by a thousand locals. We’re giving away a mixture of cornflowers, poppies, lace flowers and cosmos, so the garden will be wonderfully bright and colourful.”

The free seeds will be given away from Selfridges, Jigsaw, LK Bennett, Molton Brown and Barclays in the city centre over the May bank holiday. Gardeners can check for growing tips and send progress reports to @digthecitymcr #diggarden. Gardeners should bring their blooms back to the Dig the City Information Point in St Ann’s Square over the first weekend of the festival – Friday – Sunday.

Dig the City is devised and delivered by CityCo, on behalf of the Heart of Manchester Business Improvement District (BID) – a consortium of over 380 city centre retailers. Speaking about the Dig Garden, Chair of the BID, Jane Sharrocks said “Dig the City is not only about gardening and growing, but encouraging locals to take time to relax and spend time in the city centre. We hope the new garden will make Manchester a lovelier place to shop and enjoy all our great city has to offer.”

For more information about Grow Your Own Garden Party and where to get your seeds, go to www.digthecity.co.uk/grow-garden-party/ and follow @digthecitymcr on Twitter.