Farewell to the Clockwork Garden

Imagery from 'The Clockwork Garden' exhibition and event

The mechanical seed in the Clockwork Garden has been learning about gardens all summer long at Quarry Bank. But what happened next? Did the seed make it safely home? Did the Donks learn to love gardens? Find out what happened when the seed landed back on Meccha_Donk...

Thank you to everyone who's visited The Clockwork Garden this summer to protect it from the mechanised grizzlies and taught the mechanical seed all you know about gardens.

Today the mechanical seed folded up and soared back to planet Meccha_Donk, packed full of all the colours and sounds, inventions and stories of a real human garden. It landed right beside Clever-Jin’s house and began to reveal the marvels it had learned. As it did so, it flourished into a huge and wondrous garden that spread out across the planet.

The sound of the blooming seed startled the other Donks out of their work. They looked around them wide eyed and saw their world as if for the very first time. When they caught sight of the garden their ticking hearts felt completely new feelings: amazement, curiosity, and especially joy. So much joy that they began to laugh and laugh and LAUGH! This clamorous sound echoed all the way up to the dark Orange Moon high above.

There is a rumour that hearing all those gleeful Donks made the Orange Moon have a little change of heart. That it’s freezing, fearful core softened just a little. They say that deep down it might actually prefer it when the Donks are happy and not just working all the time. There are even whispers that the mechanized grizzlies are being re-trained as secret gardeners to help look after the wondrous new garden. The garden that YOU made possible.

Through all your games, all your creativity and your laughter this summer you have made something truly brilliant happen. As the season drifts from summer into autumn, we hope that you will follow the garden philosophers’ way and seek out all the fresh wonders of the Earth’s beautiful and ever-changing gardens.

Upcoming events

Explore the Outdoors

Wed 24 Jan 2018
Head outside and discover all the wonderful wildlife and amazing family adventures you can have in the gardens and woodland at Quarry Bank.

February half-term - Welly Walks

Mon 19 Feb 2018
Get your wellies on and take a walk on the wild side this February half-term. Explore the gardens and woodland at Quarry Bank with an interactive, exciting and wild walk for all the family.

Have-a-go: Nature Explorers

Sat 24 Feb 2018
Every month you can have a go at a wild outdoor activity at Quarry Bank. From pond-dipping to wild art, there's always a new adventure to enjoy.

Lost Voices

Sat 03 Mar 2018
Lost Voices explores the experiences of women whose stories were not heard, and which are often lost to us today because of their age, status or means. Installations across Quarry Bank will bring their voices to life.

Lost Voices Launch Event

Sat 03 Mar 2018
Explore the lost voices of Quarry Bank's women with a special tour, an opportunity to meet our writer-in-residence and a special performance from AbouTime Dance Company.

Lost Voices Launch Event - Talk and tea with Dr Ruth Colton

Sat 03 Mar 2018
Dr Ruth Colton from the University of Manchester will be hosting a talk with tea and cake, exploring the themes of Lost Voices and how they relate to women's experiences today.