RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford hosts Pride in Nature on Sunday 10th April to celebrate the connections between the LGBTQIA+ communities and nature.
The day will consist of workshops, performances, networking for LGBTQIA+, drag story times and vogueing workshops outside.
Jack Wallington, chair of the events panel, is a landscape designer and author of the book A Greener Life: discover the joy of mindful and sustainable gardening explores the importance of nature in all our lives.
He explains the set-up of the day “The day will celebrate the connections between the LGBTQIA+ communities and nature. How nature has impacted people’s lives in different ways. It will be a fun and welcoming day for everyone, with many performances and events as well as talks. There will even be a series of voguing workshops.
I’m really excited because I’m going to be chairing a panel of experts toward the end of the day exploring the opportunities and challenges for members of the LGBTQIA+ community in areas of work in the horticulture and environment sectors.”
The event will be held in the new RHS Garden Bridgewater, the event will be free as a part of a normal ticket to the gardens.
Jack shares what he hopes to discuss on his panel on Sunday: “it will be enlightening for everyone because the panel will have a broad mix of experience from horticulture to botany. We will discuss each person’s journey into their career or particular interest, looking at the opportunities or challenges they may have faced. As well of course, how nature plays such as big part of their lives.
I think people of Salford will love it because they’ll be entertained and learn about the way nature reaches everyone in a multitude of amazing ways. Plus of course there will be drag lip-synching performances and more. It’s going to be a really good day!”
Jack explains the importance of celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community in the horticultural sector, “the importance of nature to the LGBTQIA+ communities has rarely been discussed, and the RHS has given us a brilliant opportunity to celebrate this. I think some people will be surprised at the strength of the link between both nature and gardening and members of LGBTQIA+ communities, it’s something that has run deep for centuries”
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Make sure to check out Pride in Nature on Sunday 10th April 10-6pm.