Ness Botanic Gardens
Neston Road, Neston, United Kingdom
0151 353 0123
Ness Botanic Gardens Neston Reviews
Beautiful Botanic Gardens Sep 25, 2011
Ness Botanic Gardens are situated in the village of Ness on the Wirral and are owned and operated by the University of Liverpool.
Established in 1898 by a local cotton merchant Arthur Kilpin Bulley who had a desire to share his passion of plants with others. He particularly wanted to introduce plant species from abroad and study their growth in the UK and sponsored expeditions to China and the Himalayas in order to bring back new species. When he died in 1942 his daughter presented the gardens to the University.
Today the gardens are thriving and study and research still takes place at the 46 acre site. The gardens stretch to the banks of the River Dee and offer spectacular views across the river and across to North Wales.
We visited on a sunny weekend at the end of September, and it seemed a particularly beautiful time of year to visit. Many plants were still in full bloom and the leaves are still on the trees but many have attained their vivid red, orange and yellow autumn colours.
The £6.50 entrance fee is good value when you consider that you can spend a full day exploring. There is a restaurant on site and the menu is pretty good with local produce being the main theme of the menu.
I've lived just a few minutes away from the gardens all my life and it is only in recent years that I have come to appreciate the beauty that this place offers. I'm really looking forward to visiting again during every season to witness the constantly changing beauty.
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