The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced the launch of its first large-scale indoor show, running from 18th – 21st April 2024 in central Manchester – and it’s dedicated entirely to small space gardening.
Celebrating the gardening boom taking place across UK cities, the RHS Urban Show at Depot Mayfield will provide city dwellers with ideas to spruce up balconies, windowsills, tiny lawns and compact courtyards.
With an industrial location, it will be a different affair to the current RHS roster of Flower Shows, which includes the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show and popular Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival.
Highlights include immersive plant installations, practical workshops, design inspiration for vertical gardening, and a curated selection of plant nurseries selling houseplants for small spaces. The influence horticulture has on interior design, art, wellness and sustainability will also be explored.
The new Urban Show is part of the RHS’ strategy to open up gardening for anyone, anywhere.
‘In recent years there’s been a real gardening boom and we believe more young people living in cities are now growing plants,’ says Helena Pettit, director of gardens & shows. ‘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. With over 80 per cent of the UK population living in towns and cities, the new show will enable more urban dwellers to garden, especially where access to green spaces can be limited.’
Tickets for the 2024 RHS Shows will go on sale to RHS Members on Monday 21st September and to the public on Monday 28th September. Visit rhs.org.uk to book yours.
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