The Park Horticultural Centre was originally built to provide plants for use by Manchester City 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 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, social groups etc are welcome to enjoy self-guided trips. The Centre also have an education pack for primary schools (contact the office for more details).
If you'd like to volunteer at the Horticultural Centre we'd be pleased to hear from you and we welcome individuals or groups. Call us on 0161 998 2117 for further information.
The Horticultural Friends Society is a club for people with an interest in supporting the Centre. They arrange visits and trips, talks, a plant exchange scheme, and support the Horticultural Centre in the park.
Member benefits include free admissions to talks (usually £2) and a seasonal newsletter.
Further information is available from the Membership Secretary on 0161 962 8577.