Tatton Flower Show garden heads to Manchester

An orchid is being given a permanent home in Castlefield in Manchester city centre following its appearance at this year's RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park.

The garden, called A Stitch in Time Saves Nine, is appearing at the annual event in Knutsford in Cheshire until 24 July.

A Stitch in Time Saves NineDesigned by gold-award winning RHS national young designer of the year, Daniela Coray, the garden will be transported 20 miles from Tatton Park to St John's Gardens, located off Lower Byrom Street in Manchester city centre.

The project is being funded by Manchester City Council and Manchester's city centre management company, CityCo, as part of a long term strategy to make the city greener.

The design includes 12 crab apple trees laid out on a grid similar to traditional rural orchards, making it easy to pick the fruit. Amongst the trees are wildflowers such as Viper's Bugloss, a biennial plant with violet blue flowers; Ox-Eye Daisies, a familiar native wildflower and Red Campion, a common spring-flowering plant found in woodland and meadows. Other plants featured in the garden include Good King Henry, also known as poor-man's asparagus and perennial herbs Common Sorrel and Meadowsweet.

Landscape architect Coray, who is originally from Virginia in America and now living in Cornwall, said: "This garden examines the issue of green space in urban areas so it's great to be part of Manchester's Garden City project. To have it permanently on display in a city as significant as Manchester is fantastic and very fitting as we first built it just down the road. The garden is purposefully low maintenance and aims to provide the urban population with a respite from the concrete jungle."

Cllr Pat Karney, deputy chairman at CityCo, added: "This initiative is our second Garden City initiative and follows the success of the first in Piccadilly Basin. This is the first time an orchard has been introduced into Manchester city centre so this collaboration with Daniela Coray is very exciting. We are committed to delivering more Garden City schemes in the coming months and are looking to work with the RHS on further projects next year."

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