I don’t usually find the word “delightful” creeping into my daily vocabulary, but it somehow seems appropriate when describing this park. My parents were staying with us this weekend and as keen gardeners, I thought they would enjoy the botanical gardens at Fletcher Moss. I was not wrong.
There is a very small, but free, car park. We managed to squeeze on and just made it back within the 3 hour limit. I’d packed a picnic and we sat at one of the picnic benches in the pergola garden. This area is very pretty and also ideal for bikes as it has a circular path around it.
CJ came off “bigbike” for a wander around the botanical gardens, which are just beautiful. They are tucked away like a magical little secret with winding paths, pools and a huge variety of plants and trees. We passed several couples sat relaxing on the benches dotted around the garden. We managed a little sit down whilst CJ played in the dirt for a few minutes – then it was on to the main path for another ride. You can carry on along the path into the local woods, but we went out of the gate and up the road to the Parsonage Gardens to look at the flower beds and have a peek through the windows of the hothouses.
Back into Fletcher Moss Gardens and a visit to the tearooms. These are in a cosy room with beautiful stained glass windows. However, we made the most of the sun and had our tea and cake al fresco on the patio overlooking the gardens. It’s difficult to imagine a lovlier place to be in Manchester on a sunny Sunday afternoon.