Get in touch with nature at Ness Botanic Gardens

Ness Gardens view

The glorious summer months are upon us and what better way to enjoy the long sunny days than in the great outdoors.

Located on the Wirral peninsula, Ness Botanic Gardens (NBG) is part of the University of Liverpool estate and was born of one man’s passionate interest in plants and his desire to share that interest with others. Check out our round-up of what’s on at this beautiful 64 acre space this summer:

Learn something new

Introductory classes are offered throughout the summer in woodwork and stone carving. These short courses are a great way to try out a new hobby and the best part is you are able to take your artwork home with you!

Wood Carving for Beginners

For more information on class prices and dates see the Courses and workshop page.

Get in shape

The gardens are a great way to get some fresh air and to get your heart rate up. If you’re looking to get in shape there is a four-week Nordic Walking course available which is a great way to improve overall fitness and to socialise with fellow walkers.

Nordic Walking

To book on to the course see the booking page.

Take your camera

The NBG Photographic Competition 2019 is now open. Be inspired by the beautiful surroundings and take part in the annual competition. There are 8 categories to choose from so there is something for everyone from plants and outdoor spaces to the abstract. The winners will receive a cash prize and free membership to the gardens for the year.

Wild Flowers

To submit your photos and to find out what is involved see the Competition page.

Be a green thumb

It is hard not to be inspired by the beauty of NBG. If your garden is looking a little forlorn why not enrol on the gardening course, a 10-week course that covers looking after your soil, keeping your plants healthy and propagation.

If you are already an expert, you can always give your garden a little boost with some Beebombs. Available at the NBG shop, these seed packages contain all the nutrients for the flowers that native bees love.


Have some fun with the family

NBG run an annual Family Fun Day and this year there are so many activities to enjoy from pony rides, forest skills and falconry. What better way to enjoy the summer holidays!

Craft classes are held throughout the summer where little ones can create a menagerie of crafts to take home with them. These classes are free with garden admission and give children the opportunity to learn something new and have fun along the way.

Family having fun together

During the summer and up until 31 October 2019, the gardens are open from 10am – dusk. To read more about the history of Ness Botanic Gardens and find out how you can become a Friends of Ness Gardens member please visit the About page.

Ness Botanic Gardens is a place for all to enjoy. For more information on accessibility please visit the accessibility page.