Ness Botanic Gardens (one of Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction)
Ness Botanic Gardens, Ness, Neston, South Wirral, CH64 4AY
Tel: 0845 0304063 (calls charged at local rate) or 0151 353 0123, or visit Ness website for details of opening times, admission charges.
This important botanical garden is owned by the University of Liverpool and offers something to see all year round, including the borrowed landscape of the Dee estuary, which is visible from the huge rockery garden which boasts a wide range of heathers in addition to many other plants. Rhododendrons and azaleas abound, and there are plants collected from the Himalayas and China, including the first Pieris floribunda to be grown in Britain.
Ness also has an arboretum, a water garden, and a special area dedicated to the history of the rose, showing the parents of our modern garden roses. A conservatory offers shelter, as does a cafe.