Manchester Snowdrop City

This September come into Manchester and plant a snowdrop to mark the centenary of the First World War. Over 100,000 bulbs will be planted across the city to mark this important anniversary.

Why snowdrops?

Snowdrops have been chosen as they are a symbol of peace and hope, and a link to the white war graves. They are also an early source of nectar for bees which are a symbol of Manchester. The snowdrops will flower in spring 2015, and every year from then on to create a lasting legacy. Our Gardener in Residence, Sean Harkin, will be leading Snowdrop City Week;

‘I can’t wait to see the happiness these little white flowers will bring, whilst remembering the people and stories of the First World War.’

What’s happening during Snowdrop City Week?

  • Mass snowdrop bulb planting sessions across Manchester.
  • The weekend planting sessions include a children’s craft activity to make a snowdrop to take home.
  • Schools programme - snowdrop packs are being sent out to local primary schools to take part and plant snowdrops in their school grounds.

When's it happening?

Snowdrop City Week will run from Saturday 13 to Sunday 21 September.

Want to get involved?

Be a Snowdrop Champion - get in touch with Sean to help on the planting days setting up, planting bulbs and engaging with people.

Come along to our drop-in planting sessions in the city centre over the week and plant a bulb. The dates and locations of the planting sessions are:

  • Sat 13 Sept - Manchester Cathedral (with family craft activities).
  • Sun 14 Sept - St Johns Gardens
  • Mon 15 Sept - Parsonage Gardens
  • Wed 17 Sept - Sackville Gardens
  • Fri 19 Sept - Manchester Science Park
  • Sat 20 Sept - The Northern Quarter
  • Sun 21 Sept - Manchester University

If you'd like more information please email Keep in touch via our Facebook and Twitter pages, or find out what Sean’s been up to on his Manchester Confidential column (external link).