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A Blue NHS Flower Installation & Cherry Blossom Fountain Will Take Over St. Anne’s Square This Month

Laura Rogan Laura Rogan - Editor of Secret Manchester

A Blue NHS Flower Installation & Cherry Blossom Fountain Will Take Over St. Anne’s Square This Month

The Manchester Flower Show is back.

Returning following the cancellation of 2020’s event, The Manchester Flower Show is set to bloom once again, brightening up the lovely streets of our city this summer. Confirming the news just over a month ago, CityCo and Manchester BID will work with their partners and networks to bring colourful flower installations, outdoor dining areas and a ‘citywide green takeover’ – and they’re even calling on local businesses to get involved to help the event come back with a bang.

Spanning across the entire city between May 29th and June 6th, visitors will able to experience a stunning trail of flowers and greenery around every corner – with areas such as Ancoats Cutting Room Square, New Islington Marina, Corn Exchange, Spinningfields, First Street, Manchester Cathedral, the Village and Stevenson Square. Yep, when we say the entire city, we mean it.

Credit: @themanchesterflowershow

Businesses currently involved include El Gato Negro, Flight Club, Great Northern Warehouse, Manchester Arndale, Manchester Central Library and Selfridges, with many more signed up for the beautiful week-long celebration of all things floral. And like that wasn’t enough already – a number of Manchester’s best bars – including 20 Stories – will be whipping up some floral-themed cocktails for the occasion, with an official Flower Show Cocktail Trail taking place for the duration of the festival.

Announcing a number of stunning installations just today, guests can expect a truly beautiful tribute to the NHS filled with blue flowers at St. Anne’s Square, as well as a Japanese-inspired water and bamboo display boasting ‘weeping bows’ of cherry blossom, which is set to be a tranquil sight, to say the least.

Other highlights will include a display at St. Anne’s Square inspired by lockdown hobbies, a huge installation of wonderful wisteria at Circle Square on Oxford Road, a Secret Garden at St. Anne’s Square inspired by the book itself, and even a pop-art inspired explosion of colour down New Cathedral Street.

Since 2018, the event has taken place as part of the annual King Street Festival, however, following a year under the cloud that has been the pandemic, the organisers want to use the event to mark a celebration of Manchester’s ‘re-opening’, providing a huge dose of colour and joy after 365+ pretty gloomy days.

The region’s best floristry and gardening talent will team up for the occasion, turning shop windows, lampposts, vintage cars and even pop-up gardens into floral pieces of art.

For more information and for a full view of what to do and where to go during the festival, head over to the website here.

[Featured image: Supplied]

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