The Horticultural centre was originally built to provide plants for use by the Council throughout the city. When production stopped at the facility the numerous greenhouses were converted into display houses, and several themed gardens and habitats were created to provide environmental education and fun for the people of Manchester.
The numerous permanent displays include the Safari Walk which features tropical plants such as banana, pineapple, tea, coffee and rice, interspersed with ornamental subjects, water features, an aviary, alpine garden and display of cacti.
The outdoor area is home to numerous gardens featuring heather, shrubs, herbs, trees, herbaceous borders, alpines and fruit set in a pleasant and relaxing habitat.
In 2006 a traditional Cob House was built which features a living roof. There is also a large pond and picnic area.
Gardening societies and social groups are welcome to enjoy self-guided trips. We also have an education pack for primary schools (call 0161 998 2117 for more details).
If you'd like to volunteer at the Horticultural Centre we'd be pleased to hear from you, whether you're an individual or a group. Call 0161 998 2117 for further information.
The Horticultural Friends Society is a friends group dedicated to the Centre - new members are always welcome!
The gardens are open daily from 10am to 4pm, although opening times for the Glasshouses can vary seasonally and during maintenance periods. Please call 0161 998 2117 for advice. Admission is free.