The Story so Far

Dig the City launched in summer 2013, with unexpected things to do after work, at the weekend and in the holidays.

Horticultural Highlights so far…

  • Talks and workshops by TV expert Diarmuid Gavin, BBC Gardeners World presenters Monty Don and Rachel de Thame, and Channel Four’s Matt James, The City Gardener
  • St Ann’s Square Festival Hub Real Ale Bar and Garden
  • Show Gardens presented by Dreamscape Design, Green & Wood Garden Design, Davis Vaughan Design, Blooming Balconies, Hulme Community Garden Centre, Friends of the Earth, Manchester City Council, Growing in the City, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Frog Flowers, Clas Ohlson, Tatton Park, Muse Developments, Square Roots, Incredible Edible, Ordsall Hall, Turton Tower, Manchester Arndale and Urban Green
  • National Trust’s “50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾” treehouse
  • Giant street installations ‘The Dance of the Honey Bee’ by US artist Jason Hackenwerth
  • 75 tree Dig the City Forest
  • Arts, Crafts and Flower Markets
  • The Wilko Family Potting Shed
  • Garden Games
  • Stockley Farm in the City
  • Manchester W.I. Urban Fete & Dog Show
  • Harvey Nichols’ Summer Garden Bar, and Dinner with Northcote Head Chef Lisa Allen and Aumbry Head Chef Mary-Ellen McTague
  • Peppa Pig
  • Dig the City Disco
  • The Dig the City Bandstand
  • The Wickerman ‘Scratch n Sniff’ cinema
  • Fine Food Market
  • Manchester Arndale’s ‘Mini Dig’
  • Roald Dahl Museum story telling
  • Cocktail masterclasses by Whim Wham
  • A full programme of expert horticultural talks; from worms to birds, bees, dahlias, pansies, floating gardens, allotments and incredible edibles
  • Dig the City events, menus and promos at Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, House of Fraser, Manchester Arndale, M&S, Boots, LK Bennett, The White Company, Molton Brown, The Whisky Shop, Cath Kidston, Mr Cooper’s House & Garden, Manchester House, Mr Thomas’ Chop House – to name just a few.
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