The Manchester Botanical and Horticultural Society was founded in 1827 to allow members the opportunity to study botany and horticulture and to create an ambience "not unlike a fashionable resort". Today the Garden is all but forgotten and only the former entrance gates and a street name remain. This book, illustrated with many contemporary engravings and postcards, charts the history of the Garden; its international reputation in horticultural developments and many floral triumphs; its recurrent financial crises and ultimate degeneration into a venue for cat and dog shows and final conversion to a doomed amusement park.
Ann Brooks studied Pharmacy at Manchester University followed by a varied career in hospital pharmacy. Her great love of gardening and the history of the gardening movement led her to return to academia and she completed a PhD in 2007 on The Manchester Botanic Garden and the Movement for Subscription Botanic Gardens. She is the co-author of a number of papers on the history of Manchester and is currently writing a book on the movement for subscription botanic gardens and conducting research on Victorian villa gardens.
1. Manchester, 1822 2. Gardening in Manchester 1790-1887 3. A Botanic Garden for Manchester 4. The Membership `Individuals of the highest respectability' 5. Creating the Garden 6. The Glasshouses `Who loves a garden loves a greenhouse too.' 7. Staffing the Garden 8. `It is not a church, not a palazzo, not a chateau' 1839-1854 9. `Art Triumphed over Nature' 1857 10. `... The Darkness Before the Dawn' 1858-1865 11. `The Genius Behind the Machine' 1865-1887 12. `Our Poverty and not our Will Consented' 1889-1894 13. Struggling On 1895-1907 14. Conclusion Appendix 1. Occupational Analysis of the membership Appendix 2. The Herbarium of the Manchester Botanical and Horticultural Society