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The Manchester Garden

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Space to Grow Garden: 287 ManchesteratRHS #RHSChelsea

Manchester Our Story First finding global fame as the heart of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester has a proud history in science, politics, music, culture and sport. A city of firsts - this is the place where the atom was first split, where the world’s first passenger railway was opened, where the modern computer was invented, and where the wonder material graphene was isolated. A place that has driven political and social change - the birthplace of vegetarianism, atomic theory, the cooperative movement, women’s suffrage and thermodynamics. It’s where pioneers like Emmeline Pankhurst, Alan Turing, LS Lowry, and Anthony Burgess all called home. It’s where bands like the Smiths, Oasis, Joy Division, and the Stone Roses were inspired to write music that moved the world. All of this does not scratch the surface of the modern Manchester experience – a place changed, renewed and ready to re-establish its position on the world stage as the original modern city.

In the last decade Greater Manchester has experienced a contemporary resurgence marked by key cultural and media anchors including MediaCityUK, the Whitworth art gallery and the worldleading Manchester International Festival; soon to be followed by the landmark RHS Bridgewater Garden in Salford from 2020 and The Factory, an enormously ambitious new arts and performance centre which will open in 2021. Naturally, people are flocking to take advantage of the city region’s thriving economy, unrivalled student experience and smart jobs in science and the creative and digital sectors. Meanwhile Manchester continues to rack up accolades as the UK’s most competitive, economically productive, liveable and vibrant city, whilst striving to be cleaner, greener and more resilient to climate change. It’s difficult to keep track of food and drink developments; new hotels abound to keep up with increased tourist numbers; original festivals and events have emerged to cater for a culture-hungry demographic; investment in sport has created a plethora of home-grown heroes; and Manchester Airport’s route network is rapidly growing, connecting Manchester with over 200 global cities. This is Manchester. We hope to see you very soon. Sheona Southern, managing director, Marketing Manchester

The Manchester Garden Introduction A resilient city reinvented for a new and dynamic era; a haven amidst the hubbub; a glimpse of the shifting materiality of our future lives; and a critical plan to adapt and thrive in a changed climate: these are the rich emergent and progessive themes that have informed the Manchester Garden. Offering a new perspective on post-industrial cities, The Manchester Garden champions green spaces and encourages sustainability. It aims to raise important questions about how cities manage urban green infrastructure in the face of climate change, rising temperatures and more frequent weather extremes The garden will feature notable talking points; ten trees to represent the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester; a water feature telling the story of the region’s waterways; a commissioned sculpture that showcases the journey from one-time Cottonopolis to the home of the wonder material that is graphene; and a paved area created with beautiful local sandstone, appropriately named after a founding city elder, Sir Joseph Whitworth. The trees selected for the garden are Pinus sylvestris, Metasequoia, Platanus x hispanica, Corylus colurna, and Sorbus aucuparia. They have been chosen for their resilience, adaptability and suitability for the Manchester climate. The Manchester Garden incorporates carefully considered planting palettes based sustainable drainage systems (SuDS), urban, remediation and parkland planting. SuDS Improving the city’s water quality and storm water management is imperative to the future city. SuDS demonstrate the potential of planting in managing water through capturing rainfall and filtering pollutants. Well designed SuDS reduce the number and severity of flood events and bring low maintenance, wildlife attracting planting into the city.

Urban Greening of the urban environment has wide reaching benefits improving health and well-being, increasing biodiversity, controlling temperature and creating attractive spaces for people to live and work. Carefully selected street trees provide shade and respite and a well considered planting palette creates a beautiful and future-proofed visual display whilst minimising maintenance expectations. Remediation Greater Manchester is a region built on industry and the many mills and waterways tell the story of its past. In order to preserve Manchester’s heritage, we must retain the beauty of the past whilst purging the associated pollutants. By using plants to clean and improve urban soils we can create unique spaces set up for the future yet steeped in the past. Parkland Parks are the green lungs of the city providing a myriad of environmental, social and economic benefits. As places for play and recreation, food production and community events, well designed parks are an essential part of a strong society. Planting provides seasonal interest, food and shelter for us and the wildlife we share our cities with. Enjoy our garden. We hope it inspires and starts conversations.

Melilotus Albus

Allium Schoenoprasum

Dryopteris affinis

Camassia quamash

Thalictrum rochebrunianum

Orlaya grandifolora

Key Plants



Blechnum spicant

Alliaria petiolata

Cenolophium denudatum

Hordeum jubatum

Centranthus ruber ‘Albus’

Indigofera kirilowii

Dryopteris affinis

Eryngium x zabelii ‘Big Blue’

Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae

Melilotus albus

Euphorbia characias ‘Portuguese Velvet’

Origanum vulgare

Geranium macrorrhizum ‘White Ness’ Ligusticum lucidum Pittosporum tobira ‘Nanum’ Salvia nemorosa ‘Schneehûgel’

SuDS Calamagrostis brachytricha Camassia quamash Carex morrowii ‘Irish Green’ Euphorbia palustris Filipendula ulmaria Iris sibirica ‘Caesar’s Brother’ Iris sibirica ‘Harpswell Happiness’ Iris sibirica ‘Persimmon’ Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ Thalictrum rochebrunianum

Miscanthus nepalensis Symphytum x uplandicum ‘Moorland Heather’ Centranthus lecoqii Thymus citriodorus

Parkland Allium schoenoprasum Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’ Orlaya grandiflora Anthriscus cerefolium Asparagus officinalis Cynara scolymus Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’ Myrrhis odorata Salvia officinalis ‘Berggarten’ Thymus x citridorus ‘Silver Queen’

The Designers Exterior Architecture Exterior Architecture is an award winning and well respected landscape architecture practice with an impressive catalogue of experience throughout the UK and internationally. Our Manchester and London based design teams have significant skills and experience working on high profile projects across a range of contexts. We see every project as an opportunity to innovate, elevate and draw on unique attributes to establish new and desirable destinations. At Exterior Architecture we are in touch with what people want, particularly the increasing desire for places with a positive environmental impact and an active focus on the health and wellbeing of their inhabitants. To be involved in the creation of the Manchester Garden is a fantastic opportunity to affirm our commitment to Manchester and the city region. As landscape architects, we see the natural environment as a key component of our urban centres. Our design for the Manchester Garden reflects the innovative way in which landscape intertwines with the places in which we live, work and play. At the heart of our approach is a desire to work collaboratively to create resilient and adaptive urban landscapes alongside partners organisations. @ExtArchitecture @exterior_architecture

Exterior Architecture Ltd

The Manchester Sculpture Liam Hopkins � Lazerian Lazerian is a contemporary creative studio based in Manchester that manipulates established design concepts, digital technology and functional materials to create radical solutions in architectural decoration, exhibitions, lighting, furniture, jewellery and sculpture. Overseeing the creative design and end-to-end build and installation processes for a wide range of international clients, as well as a series of industry acclaimed conceptual projects, British designer Liam Hopkins has seen Lazerian grow in capability and reputation since its inception in 2006. Lazerian’s commitment to combining traditional handcraft techniques with the gift of modern, computer based modelling and pattern cutting, affords Hopkins and his skilled studio team the opportunity to explore new concepts in multi-dimensional design. Preoccupied by the inherent strength found in paper, wood and carbon fibre, Lazerian finds strength and beauty in the lightest and most ubiquitous of materials, which is echoed in his piece for The Manchester Garden. The focal sculpture reflects Greater Manchester’s story as one time ‘cottonopolis’, now the home of graphene, one of the world’s lightest, thinnest and strongest nanomaterials. @lazerian



Sponsor Aviva Investors Aviva Investors is a globally integrated asset manager offering a range of innovative investment capabilities to help clients reach their financial goals. Our insurance DNA and Institutional heritage, together with our real asset and ESG capability, uniquely positions us to deliver distinctive and relevant client outcomes. We are one of Europe’s largest managers of real assets, with over 35 years’ experience, £41 billion of assets under management and 320+ professionals across five locations (London, Norwich, Paris, Frankfurt and Toronto). Our team brings collective expertise across real estate, infrastructure, and private debt. We are one of the largest commercial real estate owners in Manchester with total assets under management in the city, of £395million (1million sq ft) rising to £784million (1.9million sq ft / 23 assets) on completion of three key developments – 2 New Bailey Square, Circle Square and Enterprise City at St John’s. We have a long-term commitment to investing in all key property sectors including residential, offices, logistics and mixed-use schemes that enhance the city; such as Eleven York Street, 201 Deansgate, 11 Portland Street, and 55 Spring Gardens. As well as our real estate commitment, we actively support the City’s cultural events and are delighted to be sponsoring the Manchester Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. The value of investments can fall as well as rise. @avivainvestors


Sponsor Cole Waterhouse Cole Waterhouse is a UK-based property development firm that specialises in delivering medium to large scale, mixed-use schemes primarily in the UK’s major urban centres. We are delighted to be able to play a part in the creation of The Manchester Garden. Over recent years, it has become more and more pertinent that the developments we build create neighbourhoods and deliver spaces that are more than just homes. That’s why one of our key commitments is to find new ways to incorporate natural elements into our developments and their immediate surroundings, bringing a touch of greenery that can be enjoyed by all. Our No 1 Old Trafford development located near Salford Quays in Greater Manchester will deliver 354 apartments that will have fantastic connectivity, a rooftop terrace and a communal resident lounge. The site’s immediate proximity to the waterfront was one of the key elements to our decision in building homes in this location as we felt that this would positively impact the wellbeing of residents. Meanwhile 1st Way Campus in Wembley is a 678-bed student campus that will also include seminar rooms, an auditorium, co-working space, roof top terraces and landscaped courtyards. The campus will be located within a 5-minute walk from the park area of the new park currently being built by Quintain. @colewaterhouse


Garden Supporter City of Trees City of Trees is an innovative and exciting movement, set to re-invigorate Greater Manchester’s landscape by restoring underused, unloved woodland and planting a tree for every person that lives in the city region, within a generation. Trees are essential to the future of our towns and cities, and a City of Trees is one that is healthier, resilient and more prosperous. City of Trees is the Greater Manchester part of the Northern Forest; a vision to plant 50 million trees across the North of England over the next 25 years. It is estimated that this ambitious initiative will lock up 8 million tonnes of carbon, reduce flood risk for 190,000 homes and deliver up to £2.3 billion economic benefits by improving health and wellbeing. As a charity we want to secure a much greener, more resilient and pleasant environment that everyone can enjoy. We work with communities to connect people to the places that matter to them. A City of Trees will help create new habitats for wildlife and build resilience to the challenges of climate change, leaving a better environment for future generations. @cityoftreesmcr


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The Manchester Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show  

A resilient city reinvented for a new and dynamic era; a haven amidst the hubbub; a glimpse of the shifting materiality of our future lives;...

The Manchester Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show  

A resilient city reinvented for a new and dynamic era; a haven amidst the hubbub; a glimpse of the shifting materiality of our future lives;...