Manchester Flower Power

The call has gone out for entries from professional and amateur gardeners, florists and growers, to take part in the second Manchester Flower Show, which returns in June as part of the city’s fashionable annual event – the King Street Festival.

Organised by Manchester’s business improvement district, Manchester BID, with the support of RHS Bridgewater, the event pays homage to the original Manchester Flower Show which began in 1955 and returned to the city last year after a 15 year hiatus.

This year’s theme is Flower Power with festival organisers seeking designs which explore colour, vibrancy and joy or those inspired by the 1960s – the decade that gave us flower power and the summer of love.

Taking over the historic King Street, the Manchester Flower Show will showcase the region’s floristry, produce and gardening talent, alongside a market of gardening products, outdoor accessories and flowers over the weekend of the King Street Festival on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June 2019.

Applications to participate in this year’s festival are now open for entries with four categories available – Pocket Garden, Green Takeover, Table Display and a new category for 2019, Bicycle – where entrants can create a fun design using a bicycle and basket as the base. All bicycles need to be able to be ridden as they will go on a daily ride around the event.

Entry is free and submissions can range from a small show garden which demonstrates high quality and creative design to an inventive and unusual green intervention that takes over and uses urban features such as a lamp post, balcony or shop window.

Entrants are encouraged to be as creative as possible and all entries which go through to the show will receive a Manchester Flower Show rosette and be judged at the event by a panel including gardeners from RHS Bridgewater for Best in Category and Best in Show.

Interested parties should contact for an initial pre-application consultation. The deadline for completed applications is Monday 22 April 2019.

Home to timeless architecture and a rich history, King Street has remained Manchester’s most iconic shopping street since the 1800s. The King Street Festival celebrates its past, present and future with a weekend of live music, alfresco dining, conversation, historical tours, street art, craft ale and prosecco bars, VIP shopping experiences, the Manchester Flower Show and much more.

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