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Planting Stories

Explore our beautiful garden to uncover stories of our historic site.

From 1830, for almost 150 years, Liverpool Road Station was a bustling hub of people, animals and machines, keeping produce, raw materials and finished goods moving in and out of the industrial city, and connecting Manchester with the world. 

Now when you arrive at the museum, you will be greeted by a beautiful garden. Plants, trees and flowers have been carefully selected to represent the materials that were brought to the site to fuel industry in the city. These planters are inspired by the variety of goods that moved in and out of this once bustling railway hub. 

The materials and structures used in the garden have been specifically selected to maximise sustainability. Planting includes long-lasting perennials and evergreen shrubbery to keep the botanical beds blooming year after year, supporting biodiversity while helping to reduce our carbon footprint.

Planting Stories is designed by Alexandra Froggatt, who in 2018 created our popular Bee Garden. Look out for our team of volunteers who will be on hand to answer your questions as they as they support the care and maintenance of the garden.