The Manchester Garden

The Manchester Garden

We take a look at The Manchester Garden at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. It was designed by Exterior Architecture and honours the great city’s past, present and future.

As Manchester was at the heart of the industrial revolution it developed very quickly which left very little green space. The garden was created to illustrate their desire to be at the forefront of urban planting and celebrates the ethos of green spaces such as Angel Meadows.

There were 10 trees in the garden which signify the 10 local authorities in Manchester.

Water feature in garden featuring our Ice Blue Pebbles and grey honeycomb stepping stones.
Water Feature with our Ice Blue Pebbles

Central to the garden was a water feature that represents Manchester’s water ways and the influence they’ve had on its development.

Our Ice Blue Pebbles were chosen to decorate the water feature. We thought they looked fantastic against the planting which included flowers such as Valeriana Officinalis, Camassias and Lupinus.

These plants were dotted around the garden in a freer form of planting as if they had self-seeded which created a natural feel.

Ice Blue Pebbles alongside the grey paving with part of the sculpture over them.
Ice Blue Pebbles alongside the grey paving

Our Ice Blue Pebbles also contrasted beautifully with the honeycomb grey stepping stones and paving. These represent the worker bee, a symbol of Manchester.

The garden also showcases an intricate sculpture that each plant was handwoven around. Symbolising ingenuity, technology and manual labour, the sculpture perfectly represents the city.

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