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Ness Botanic Gardens

Ness, Cheshire

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The Gardens are situated on the Wirral Peninsula, which lies between the Dee and Mersey estuaries, with views across to North Wales. When the Liverpool cotton merchant Arthur Kilpin Bulley began to create a garden in 1898, part of which he opened to local residents, he laid the foundations of one of the major botanic gardens in the UK.

He sponsored expeditions to the Far East to collect Himalayan and Chinese mountain plants. Rhododendron and Camellia being popular. Part of his gardens were devoted to the propagation of plants and many of the seeds from the Far East were first cultivated here and where his seed company Bees Ltd started out. In 1911 the company moved to a 1,000 acre site at Sealand, near Chester. Bulley died in 1942 and in 1948 the gardens were presented to the University of Liverpool with an endowment and understanding that it was kept as a botanic gardens and a specified area of ornamental ground be open to the public.

Today around 46 acres is the ornamental garden and shows collections of Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias, Cherries and Heathers.

Seasonal Highlights include:

Spring and early summer
Rhododendrons and azaleas, camellias, magnolias, cherries and many other flowering trees and shrubs. Laburnum arch. Large rock garden. Spring bulbs and primulas.

Lilies, primulas, herbaceous borders, terrace gardens with many climbing plants. Native plant, herb and water gardens.

Late summer and autumn
Trees for fruits and autumn colour: Heather garden, Sorbus ( the largest collection in the country), Maples, water garden and autumn bulbs.

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Wide selection of trees and shrubs with coloured fruits, bark and stems. Conifers.

The gardens are split into various areas, and has rock, herb, heather and water gardens, rhododendron borders, pine wood, azalea walk, waterfalls, children's playing area and viewing points.

Indoor attractions include
All year conservatory, tropical and arid displays.


There is also a visitors centre which is home to the tea rooms, gift shop, plant sales area, exhibition space, lecture theatre and main office.




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Location: Ness Botanic Gardens, Nr Neston, Cheshire

Grid Reference: SJ305756 Ceremonial County: Cheshire

Map Link: StreetMap 

Aerial photo: Google Aerial Map

Getting there: Between Neston and Burton off A540. M56 J16 and M53 J4.

Access: 2 car parks next to gardens, on busy days grass overflow car park 200 metres from Garden Entrance.
Website: www.nessgardens.org.uk
Other Useful Websites: Wiki    BGCI    Garden Guide      Great British Gardens
Email: nessgdns@liv.ac.uk
Address: Ness Botanic Gardens, Ness, Neston, South Wirral
Postcode: CH64 4AY Telephone: 0151 353 0123
Opening Times: Open All Year except 25th and 26th December.
1 Feb to 31 Oct 10am-5pm; 1 Nov to 31 Jan 10am-4.30pm daily

Charges: Adult £6.50; Child (5-18) £3, Under 5's FREE; Concessions £5.50; Carers; Free

Family (2+3) £18. Car Parking Free

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Notes: No dogs, except Guide Dogs

Appropriate footwear and clothing should be worn, the gardens are undulating and paths may be wet and slippery.

Other facilities on site include café, gift shop, plant nursery, and the visitor centre with exhibition space.



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