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Open Daily (except Christmas), 10am–4.30pm winter; 10am–5pm summer.

NESS BOTANIC GARDENS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Neston Road
Ness
Neston
CH64 4AY

Signed off A540, Chester to Hoylake.

64 acres

Tel
0151 795 6300

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Admission

Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - May–Jun.

National Gardening Scheme dates

Please see NGS website.

Facilities

  • access
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Café
  • Children's activities
  • Children's playground
  • facilities
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Guide dogs only
  • Parking
  • Picnics allowed
  • Plants for sale
  • Restaurant
  • Toilets

Features

  • Autumn colour
  • Herbaceous border
  • Mediterranean/Italian garden
  • National Plant Collections
  • Pond or lake
  • Rock garden
  • Water garden
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Wildlife planting and features
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
The University of Liverpool

Based on the Wirral peninsula, Ness Botanic Gardens was born of one man's passionate interest in plants and his desire to share that interest with others. Today the commitment to maintain, develop and share the beauty of the gardens that Arthur Kilpin Bulley created over 100 years ago remains.

Explore the delights of Ness Botanic Gardens spread across 64 acres with lovely views of the River Dee and North Wales. Ness Gardens features a diverse variety of plants and planting areas. Constantly changing, there are always new things to see at Ness, including vibrant year-round colour and outstanding collections of rhododendrons, camellias, snowdrops and Sorbus, among others.

When the Liverpool cotton merchant Arthur Kilpin Bulley began to create a garden in 1898, he laid the foundations of one of the major botanic gardens in the UK. After his death, Bulley's daughter Lois presented the gardens to the University of Liverpool in 1948 with an endowment of £75,000. There is a stipulation that they are kept as a botanic garden as a practical and fitting tribute to the memory of her father. Bulley's policy of opening a specified area of ornamental ground to the public was also to be continued.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Alpines
  • Asters
  • Autumn bulbs
  • Camellias
  • Clematis
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Delphiniums
  • Ferns
  • Grasses
  • Heathers
  • Hellebores
  • Hemerocallis
  • Herbs
  • Hostas
  • Lavender
  • Lilies
  • Magnolias
  • Meconopsis
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Vegetables
  • Wildflowers

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.