Liverpool's botanical collection was established nearly 200 years ago, becoming a famous centre for botanical study, 38 years before Kew Gardens came into existence. Its important dry plant collection from the early 19th century still survives in the Liverpool Museum today.The current Liverpool Botanical Collection is located at Greenhill Nursery,...more
Liverpool's Botanical Collection was accquired from all over the world through its maritime trade. It is one of the largest municipal collections in the country, but it has not been open to the public since 1984. The Palm House now provides a home for some of the collection for them to be enjoyed again -its free of charge too!.more
Columbus (1451-1506) was credited with the discovery of America and for establishing the concept that the World was round. Like the other explorers his discoveries extended the knowledge of botanists.I thinkk I read somewhere that this is the only statue of Colombus in England - if anyone knows different....more
The Grade II listed Victorian Palm House was originally a gift to the city of Liverpool by Henry Yates Thompson. Its not a huge construction - certainly not compared to the mammoth greenhouses recently seen in the Eden Project in Cornwall. However it does have some beautiful botanical species and on plinths around the outside there are eight bronze...more
If you don't have sandwhiches to take with you for a picnic in the Park then the Baguette Bite is ideally situated near the park entrance and does great baguette sandwhiches to take out. Alternatively you can eat in here too on the way back if you wish as therre were a few table and chairs inside and drinks are served too.
There is a cafe in the Park but when you see signs inside saying "no rolling your own here" and "no skinnying" you get the impression its a bit rough!
Favorite Dish: We enjoyed freh crusty ciabatta bread with pastrami and salad fillings and hot italian meatballs with salad. There was a good selection for vegetarians too. Cost was about £2 - £2.50 depending on choice of filling.
We reached Sefton by train from Liverpool Central station and got off at St Michael's (just 6 minutes ride on the Merseyrail network Northern line) Some of you may recall this as the area where the Liverpool Garden Festival site was situated just down the road. This site is sadly neglected now - wasn't even worth a picture! Never mind just a 10 minute walk up Southwood Road and then Lark Lane will bring you to the green expanse of Sefton Park.
Just as we left St Michael's Station, on the left hand side, we saw this strange piece of artwork in a garden. Have no idea what its all about so if anybody knows..please let me know!
My thanks to a vigilant VT'er for letting me know about this artwork:
its found in the grounds of Southwood Hostel and is called Courage Within, and wascreated by local sculptor Tom Murphy. It was unvailed a few years ago by the actor who plays Will Manning in BBC drama Casualty.
Much more info can be found following the link for the web site below.
After South Wood Road the busy main street of Aigbuth Road is crossed and onto Lark Lane. Lark Lane is a small and pleasant area of the city which is home to a sprinkling of top quality wine bars, restaurants, pubs and antique shops. Though on first glance the area may seem quite insular the area is actually very bohemian. It made for a pleasant...more
The real jewel and attraction of Sefton Park though is the restored grade II listed victorian glass Palm House. The flowers and its artwork are expanded on in the must see tips section but it is also a beautiful location for functions such as small weddings and the stage has been used for concerts - Steve Harley has been here.For more details see...more