Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Dig the City - Part 1

Dig the City in manchester 2013
Last week we went to Dig the City - Manchester's Urban Garden Festival. Starting by Manchester Cathedral we saw some fun and unusual planting displays from a swamp monster to a planted up office and sofa. Fun ideas to do with pieces of old furniture.
Manchester Cathedral
Children's play garden with a wooden snake.
childrens play garden
Lots of colourful planters. Wouldn't mind some of these.
 photo IMG_8888_zpsf49112cColoured wooden planters6.jpg Cathedral planting displays
I'm a Mancunian but do not often go in to the City much these days since moving across into Mid Cheshire. This was a great day to have an explore with such floral treats along the way. The sun was shining and we had to time to look at buildings we would usually pass and ignore.
Swamp Monster pub near Manchester Cathedral
Manchester Cathedral - currently being renovated and a small chapel has been built outside for services at the moment. Can you see the floral cyclist between the pleached trees? I love the filing cabinet display, it was probably my favourite with strawberry plants tumbling from its drawers.
Manchester Cathedral
Filing cabinet planted up with flowers
There are some great bars near the Cathedral Yard, some with real character like The Old Wellington Inn in Shambles Square which is the only remaining Tudor building in Manchester. The Shambles I believe was an area of butchers shops and the gutters would have had all the blood and guts running down it. A spooky area too and I'm sure plenty of folk from a time gone by pass that thin veil from the spirit world many a time past midnight.
Desk planted with flowers
Fancy a rest on the lettuce sofa?
Pub table
Tomatoes lining a balcony taking in the sunshine.
Tomatoes growing in the city
On to Exchange Square and the Printworks which used to be where my father worked when it was the Daily Mirror newspaper, Withy Grove, housing all the printers, until it closed in 1985. I grew up with Robert Maxwell being a common topic of conversation, even after his mysterious demise in the early 1990's off his yacht. 
 View near Printworks Manchester
Beautiful balloon flowers were everywhere, so vibrant against the blue sky.
Balloon flowers
balloon flowers Printworks manchester The bedding display below was Manchester City Council's gold winning entry at the RHS Tatton garden show this year. 
RHS tatton Manchester bedding display
Plenty of places to hide behind a potted plant for a drink and a relax with a good book.
Chilling in the garden city
Scrummy posh food along the route. This ice cream van for grown ups was amazing - they sell ice cream delights such as marmalade and toast or pink peppercorn. I really love unusual combinations of food, makes me think of The River Cottage and these pop up restaurants that seem to be becoming very popular. 
Ginger's Comfort Emporium Manchester City Centre in the summer Pink Ice Cream Van
Trees had sprung up in Exchange Square, about 70 I think. A whole calendar of events from Monty Don to Peppa Pig chalked up. Would have loved to have gone to Monty's talk but you know how it goes when you have children. Luckily we don't do Peppa Pig in our household so it was onto the next street full of flowers and foliage...... 
Exchange Square Manchester Dig the City schedule 2013
Part 2 later this week.


sarah-jane down the lane said...

Just Brilliant! Yep, I really dig this idea! Looks amazing,

Unknown said...

That looks amazing! I lived in Manchester while I studied and would love to see it with all the trees :)

Mammasaurus said...

Again stunning photos! I'm sure Helvetia Handmade blog was at a Dig the City recently too as I remember the lettuce sofa - wonder if it was the same one? x

Anonymous said...

Great event, I really hope they hold one next year as well. Great pictures

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