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

Lost Voices

Wed 19 Sep 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.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea Exhibition

Wed 19 Sep 2018
Meet the iconic children's character, the Tiger Who Came to Tea, in a special pop-up exhibition celebrating 50 years since the publication of Judith Kerr's classic. In association with Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children's Books.

Journeys of the Imagination

Wed 19 Sep 2018
Pack your bags for an adventure as we discover the incredible journeys made by the people of Quarry Bank. Based on newly written stories by Berlie Doherty with beautiful illustrations by Emma Baldwin.

Wild weekends with The Tiger Who Came to Tea - Nature Explorers

Sat 22 Sep 2018
Join us for a tiger related nature trail and scavenger hunt to celebrate The Tiger Who Came to Tea exhibition.

Wild weekends with The Tiger Who Came to Tea - Family Yoga

Sat 29 Sep 2018
Join in with family yoga at Quarry Bank, following The Tiger Who Came to Tea through creative movement, craft activities, storytelling and song.

Afternoon Tea with the Tiger Who Came to Tea

Tue 02 Oct 2018
Join us for a fun-filled afternoon tea and storytelling session inspired by the Tiger Who Came to Tea. Combine your afternoon tea with a visit to the Tiger Who Came to Tea exhibition inside the mill for even more tiger themed fun.