Wavertree Botanic Gardens
|Wavertree Botanic Park and Gardens|
|Operated by||Liverpool City Council|
|Status||Open all year|
Wavertree Botanic Gardens (formerly Wavertree Botanic Garden and Park) is an example of a mid 19th century public park. It incorporates an earlier walled botanic garden, founded by William Roscoe as Liverpool Botanic Garden and relocated from land near Mount Pleasant in the 1830s. The gardens include the Grade II curator's lodge built between 1836-1837.
On 20th November 1940 a stray German bomb caused all the glass in the botanic glasshouse to be broken, the plants inside were shredded. As it was winter, everyone helped remove the surviving plants into nearby private glasshouses until the war ended. The Orchids were located at Sudley House. The botanic glasshouse was never reinstated after the war, but due to the major efforts by Percy Conn, the new Superintendent of Liverpool Parks, who had the vision to revive the work of William Roscoe & John Shepherd in the Mount Pleasant days, the Liverpool Botanic Garden arose anew in the Harthill Estate grounds at Calderstones Park.
On 22 August 2013 the botanic park and gardens were listed at Grade II* in the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. In 1886 the International Exhibition of Navigation, Commerce and Industry was held here.
- Botanic Garden and Wavertree Park, Geograph Britain and Ireland, retrieved 2011-10-05
- Historic England, "Wavertree Botanic Garden and Park (1001538)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 2 September 2013
- "Shipperies exhibition". Archived from the original on 26 October 2009. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
- The history of Wavertree Botanic and the surrounding area is contained in the book The Light of Other Days by John Hussey ISBN 978-1-906823-22-1 obtainable from bookstores and http://www.countyvise.co.uk.
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