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The Art Garden

Bringing art, nature and people together

The Art Garden

An urban sanctuary has been created at the Whitworth, this Art Garden in the gallery’s grounds has been developed together with Jo Malone London. Devised by renowned landscape and garden designer Sarah Price, the layout of the garden is focused on waves of texture, colour and scent, which reveal themselves throughout the seasons.

The planting scheme includes some of Jo Malone London’s most-loved ingredients from peonies, to bluebells, sage and geranium, to create a richly scented sanctuary.

The garden will be a key space for outdoor events and horticultural activities such as the GROW project.

GROW is a project from the Whitworth that promotes the benefits of engaging in horticultural activities to improve the mental wellbeing of an individual. Working together in the garden allows each individual to learn new horticultural skills as well as creating a nurturing sense of community.

With the support of Jo Malone London and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the GROW project provides beneficiaries with the opportunity to work with professional horticulturalists to help create and maintain the Art Garden, alongside our art gardener volunteer team and volunteers from Jo Malone London.

The Art Garden is cultivated and cared for through the sale of a Jo Malone London Charity Candle.

"The University of Manchester's Whitworth is very excited to embark upon this new partnership with Jo Malone London and Sarah Price to create the Art Garden, a beautiful and therapeutic space for all our visitors to enjoy, and to develop GROW; the Whitworth's horticultural wellbeing programme with mental health partners, charities and organisations. We are delighted to become one of Jo Malone London's supported philanthropic projects and look forward to creating a very special garden in which art, plants and wellbeing coexist. 
Maria Balshaw, Director.

Open from 1 July 2016 onwards.