Ness Botanic Gardens are situated near the English and Welsh border in The Wirral, near the cities of Liverpool and Chester. They occupy a site of 64 acres overlooking the Dee estuary. The Gardens have evolved since Arthur Kilpin Bulley (1861-1942), a wealthy cotton trader from Liverpool, who funded many garden hunters including George Forrest and Frank Kingdon-Ward.
Arthur began to create the garden in 1898. In 1948, his daughter, Lois, gave the Gardens upon a conditional Trust to the University of Liverpool. As a condition of the Trust, the Gardens must remain open to the public. They are on the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens and are graded II. The Gardens have many specimen trees and flowers; snowdrop walks are conducted during the flowering season.
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- "Parks & Gardens UK: Ness Botanic Gardens". Parks & Gardens Data Services. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
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