Cultivating Community: The RHS Urban Show Blooms in Manchester

The Depot Mayfield recently hosted the The RHS Urban Show.

Departing from traditional outdoor showcases, this innovative event transformed the former railway warehouse into a green oasis, highlighting the importance of urban greening in a city where 83% of the population lives amidst concrete and steel.

With urbanization on the rise and climate change impacts becoming more significant, initiatives like the RHS Urban Show are vital.

They offer practical solutions and inspiration for creating greener, more resilient communities. Urban greening not only enhances aesthetics but also reduces energy consumption, mitigates air pollution, fosters social connections, and improves physical and mental well-being.

The show celebrated creativity and innovation in gardening and design, tailored specifically for urban settings. Depot Mayfield’s industrial charm provided the perfect backdrop for interactive exhibits, expert talks, and practical gardening advice. Michael Perry, known as Mr. Plant Geek, hosted the Talks Stage, sharing his horticultural expertise and enthusiasm with attendees. From indoor gardening tips to budget-friendly green space ideas, the show catered to both novice and seasoned gardeners.

Depot Mayfield, with its rich history and adaptive reuse, proved to be an ideal location for the RHS Urban Show. Situated in the heart of Manchester and next to the city’s newest park, the venue embodied the spirit of regeneration and community revitalization.

Helena Pettit, RHS Director of Shows and Gardens, highlighted the show’s aim to inspire urban gardeners and deepen their connection to nature. By bringing gardening into the city, the RHS Urban Show not only educated and entertained but also empowered individuals to care for their environment.

Partnering with Mad About Land Gardenwear, the event was a vibrant celebration of all things green, showcasing the transformative power of plants. This past April, Manchester embraced the beauty of urban gardening and community cultivation at the RHS Urban Show, leaving a lasting impact on all who attended.

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