Dig the City 2014 invites show garden entries


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Organisers of Dig the City, Manchester’s urban gardening festival, are offering the UK’s most talented and creative garden designers the opportunity to make the heart of the city bloom with stunning show gardens.

Professional and novice garden designers, landscaping and garden companies, businesses, cultural attractions, city councils and colleges, are all encouraged to submit designs.  Gardens will be chosen to feature in the festival by a team of judges led by BBC gardening expert Rachel de Thame and including Manchester city centre’s new National Trust Gardener in Residence, Sean Harkin.

“Urban gardening is crucial to the quality of life of all who live and work in towns, and Dig the City is the only festival devoted to promoting city gardening.  For both experienced and up-and-coming garden designers this is the perfect event.  We’d like to see the very best of urban garden design at this show, and encourage people to enter, no matter where they live in the UK,” said Rachel de Thame, promoting the event. Maximising the potential of confined urban spaces would be an essential part of the designs she added.

Designs are invited in four categories: City Show Gardens – to feature the use of urban outdoor space and appropriate plants for a city setting; City Grow and Eat Gardens  showing practical, attractive and novel ways to grow vegetables, fruit and herbs in small urban areas;  City Grow Anywhere involving the use  of inventive and unusual containers or  planting designs for features like  lamp-posts, balconies, bus stops or station platforms; and finally City Wild Windows utilising plants and/or cut flowers, in shop or business windows.
Entrants are asked to submit a design or detailed sketch of their garden, together with a written brief and a list of plants by Friday 18 April.

The Dig the City Festival takes place Saturday 2 – Sunday 10 August, 2

More information, including full details of how to enter, plus terms and conditions, can be found at:  www.digthecity.co.uk   For enquiries please email digthecity@cityco.com


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