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St Annes

Well kept gardens and Cenotaph with several facilities close by. These include bowling, childrens play area, cafe and a Garden Exhibition Centre which is open to the public.


Tel: 01782 517999.
Half a mile N of Biddulph, three and a half miles SE of Congleton

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A rare and exciting survival of a high Victorian garden Tunnels and pathways lead the visitor on a miniature tour of the world Rare and exotic planting and architecture: from an Egyptian court, to elegant Italian terraces Unique oriental pagoda garden with its own Great Wall of China Victorian eccentricities: an upside down tree and strange stone sculptures


Tel: : 0151 934 2371/2/3
Churchtown, near Southport

Follow brown signs from all major roads into Southport

Open: Every day 8 am to dusk
Admittance: Free

The Gardens are host to a Spring and Late Summer flower show ever year, there is a regular programme of brass bands, every Sunday afternoon and events which are puplicised locally. For those who are seeking solitude, the 8 hectares of park also provides an oasis of calm close to the vibrant resort of Southport. As well as enjoying the hosts of flowers, lake and arboretum, there is a wealth of facilities on site. These include: Fernery and its unique indoor collection of ferns Aviary Play area Toilets Bowls green Café, family-run, with a range of fresh home-made food Banqueting Hall Mini golf Boating Nursery shop, selling surplus park plants


Tel: 01928 713718
Lodge Lane, Dutton

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The 1.5 acre cottage garden is situated in an attractive rural location adjacent to the Trent and Mersey Canal. Clustered around the cottage are a number of small gardens divided by hedges and trellis, each devoted to a different theme. Towards the canal are large herbaceous borders and a formal pond. The garden boasts over 2,500 varieties of plants and is a riot of colour from May to the end of August. Adjoining the garden is a 3 acre wildflower meadow (at its best in June), bluebell woodland and a well stocked nursery.


Tel: 01270 521100

Bridgemere, Nr Nantwich
At Bridgemere on the A51 south of Nantwich, junction 15 and 16 of M6

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Europe's largest centre - Bridgemere is a great day out. Visit The Gardens - over 20 different gardens including Chelsea Gold Medal winners, Mediterranean, Cottage and Rose Gardens and many more. Plants can be bought for your garden. There are acres of hardy plants displayed and most importantly, labelled with information for successful growing.


Tel: 01829 720383
Malpas, Cheshire

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Cholmondeley Castle Garden is said by many to be among the most romantically beautiful gardens they have seen. Even the wild orchids, daisies and buttercups take on an aura of glamour in this beautifully landscaped setting. Whatever the season there is always a wealth of plants and shrubs in flower form the earliest bulbs through many varieties of magnolia, camellia, azalea and rhododendrons.


Tel: 01995 602643

off Hobbs Lane, Claughton-on-Brock, Garstang, Lancashire

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A haven of peace and tranquility in the heart of the countryside. The extensive garden provides something for all, with its woodland areas, cottage garden, fernery, formal garden, ponds and streams, orchard, heather bed, wild flower area, rockeries and its many beautiful views and peaceful retreats.


Waddington, Lancashire

Beautiful ornamental gardens set in one of Lancashire's best kept villages which features ancient Church of St Mary's.


Tel: 0161 434 1877
Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester

The park, acquired as a gift from Alderman Fletcher Moss in 1914, has 21 acres of gardens and woodland renowned for their botanical beauty. The gardens contain many antiquated and unusual plants and flowers among the rockeries, herbaceous borders, water gardens, orchid and alpine houses. Visitors can also enjoy the nature trails, tennis courts and bowling green.


Tel: 01524 771838
Gresgarth Hall, Caton LA2 9NB

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Gresgarth Hall is the tranquil country home of Arabella Lennon-Boyd and has several attractive features in which to enjoy a summertime stroll. Explore the parkland, terraced, woodland, kitchen and water gardens, an orchard and nuttery, ornamental lake and more.



Built originally as private gardens for the residents of the Square, these beautiful gardens were opened to the public in 1903. From Spring through to Winter, the gardens present an ever-changing vista of colour and shade. In the shadow of the superbly restored buildings of the Square, sit a while on one of the benches in the garden and simply watch the world go by. There are plenty of coffee and tearooms in the vicinity for refreshment.


Tel: 01625 584412

Over Alderley
Turn N off B5087 between Alderley Edge & Prestbury

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A charming walled garden which is especially worth seeing in early summer, for its amazing displays of rhododendrons and azaleas. Look out for some unusual sculptures too. 2 mile footpath link to Alderley Edge.



Well laid out and colourful gardens. Shows and exhibitions take place through the year in the Lowther Pavilion. Additional facilities include min-golf, bowls, tennis and cafe.


Tel: 0151 737 1819
Court Hey Park, Merseyside

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Innovative visitor centre where visitors can learn about wildflowers in a family friendly place with nature at its heart.


Tel: 0151 353 0123
Neston Road, Neston, South Wirral

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Something of interest and beauty to enjoy, whatever the season. Magnificent rhododendrons in the spring. Fascinating herbaceous border in summer. Autumn tints from heathers, maples and sorbus.


Tel: 01995 642222
Myerscough College, Bilsborrow, Preston, Lancs

Open: 7 days per week Mon-Fri 9.30 am - 5.00 pm Sat-Sun 10.00 am - 4.30 pm
Admission: Free

Plant World at Myerscough gives you access to a beautiful world of horticulture with our wide range of exotic plants and pets in our commercial plant centre. Here you can find an interesting range ideal for use within your home and garden available at excellent prices. There are also our famous Myerscough Gardens with over an acre of themed borders, lawns, ponds and trees ideally suited for leisurely exploration on a fine day. Refreshments are available in the Plant Centre and can be enjoyed within the beautiful corridor house seating area. Alternatively why not pop in to the Garden House Tea Room, which overlooks the Gardens, and enjoy a fine range of teas, coffees, cakes, sandwiches and panninis.


Tel: 0151 726 2415
Sefton Park, Liverpool

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Admission: Free

The Palm House is a Grade II listed Victorian Glasshouse, the centrepiece of Sefton Park in South Liverpool.


Tel: 01925 601617
Walton Lea Road, Higher Walton, Warrington

From the North take the A56 out of Warrington or from the M56 exit at junction 11 following the A56 towards Warrington. In both cases turn off at The Walton Arms

Open: Park and gardens open every day from 8 am to dusk. Car park is pay and display. Children's Zoo, Coffee Shop, Heritage Centre, Outdoor Games open from 10.30 am.

With spacious lawns, picnic areas, play area, children's zoo, heritage centre and outdoor games it is the ideal place for a family day out. The mature parkland and ornamental gardens remain beautiful throughout the year, with trees and shrubs from all over the world. Home to much more than just our busy squirrels, you may even be lucky enough to spot a weasel. More easily seen are woodland birds such as nuthatches, tree creepers and woodpeckers. Evening wldlife includes bats, foxes and owls.

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