The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has revealed details of a brand new Urban Show in central Manchester next spring.

Running from Thu 18 – Sun 21 Apr, the RHS says it plans to transform Manchester’s historic former railway station, Depot Mayfield, into an ‘urban grower’s paradise full of small space gardening inspiration’, aiming to encourage and inspire those living in the city to grow plants for both indoor and outdoor spaces.

The Urban Show will differ from the RHS’s traditional shows, with an industrial, indoor city centre location creating an immersive experience specifically designed for those who live within cities with limited to or no outdoor growing space.

Along with urban growing, the influence of horticulture in interior design, art, wellness and sustainability will also be spotlighted through a series of talks, advice and practical workshops.

There will also be a carefully curated selection of plant nurseries selling a wide 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.”

You can find more information about next year’s show on the RHS website here.

Thu 18 Apr - Sun 21 Apr
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Fri 1 Sep 2023