A 1960’s-Themed Flower Show Will Turn Manchester’s King Street Into A ‘Floral Paradise’ This Summer

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A 1960’s-Themed Flower Show Will Turn Manchester’s King Street Into A ‘Floral Paradise’ This Summer

A retro-themed flower show is coming to Manchester.

Manchester’s annual King Street Festival will return this summer, celebrating the past, present and future of Manchester’s iconic retail destination.

Photo: Chris Payne

Home to timeless architecture and rich history, King Street has remained Manchester’s most iconic shopping street since the 1800s. And on June 1 and 2 King Street Festival will bring a mix of live music, alfresco dining, craft ale and prosecco bars as well as historical tours and VIP retail experiences to the area, as well as a glorious flower show which is set to convert the area into a floral paradise.

Manchester Flower Show, which will pay homage to the original show which began in 1955 and returned to the city last year after a 15-year hiatus. The show will display the region’s floristry, produce and gardening talent, alongside a market of gardening products, outdoor accessories and flowers.

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Festival organisers are appealing to professional and amateur gardeners, florists and growers to get involved and help bring the Manchester Flower Show back and turn King Street into a floral paradise over the June weekend.

This year’s theme will be Flower Power and organisers are looking for 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 – but the theme can be interpreted however entrants wish.

Submissions can be entered into four categories: Pocket Garden, Green Takeover, Table Display and Bicycle. 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 lamp posts, balconies, telephone booths and shop windows or a creative table display with cut-flowers, fruit, veg, bonsai, cacti or other plants or flowers.

Photo: Chris Payne

Entry is free and submissions can range from pocket gardens designed to fit neatly into one of King Street’s parking bays, green installations for phone boxes, windows or street furniture, hanging baskets for lamp posts or cut-flowers, fruit, veg, bonsai or cacti. All entries will receive a coveted Manchester Flower Show rosette and awards will go to Best in Category, before the overall Best in Show will be crowned in floral glory.

Those wishing to apply should email lucy.russell@cityco.com.

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