Unearth fascinating stories about the garden

View over the garden at Quarry Bank

The stories of Quarry Bank’s gardens are entwined with those who created and cared for them. Discover how ten lives, past and present, have influenced the gardens and how over the last 200 years they have grown, evolved, declined and are now entering an exciting new phase.

Featuring original tools and documents from the archive, the exhibition will also include oral histories, interactive elements and garden themed installations.  There will be something for everyone to enjoy.

The Past

A few years after building Quarry Bank, Samuel, Hannah and their family spent increasing amounts of their time at Quarry Bank house.  As a nature lover, Hannah enjoyed the beauty of the Mill’s surroundings and instilled that in her children. who played in the garden and woods.  

" The romantic beauty of Quarry Bank delighted me and the possibility of occasionally escaping from Manchester to such a place renewed my hopes."
- Hannah Greg, wife of Samuel Greg, founder of Quarry Bank

Robert Hyde Greg, Samuel and Hannah’s son, inherited Quarry Bank and as was often the case with wealthy Victorian gentleman, he enjoyed collecting exotic plants.  It’s because of Robert that the rare collection of Rhododendrons bloom by the riverside today.

Robert Hyde Greg former owner of Quarry Bank
Portrait of Robert Hyde Greg

The Present

Head Gardener Sarah Witts and her team of staff and volunteer gardeners have transformed the Upper Garden and are working closely with Armitage and Buttress who are restoring the glasshouse. Sarah will be delivering a garden talk and tour as well as a practical gardening workshop as part of the exhibition.


The Future

The future of the garden is very exciting.  As well as visiting the exhibition, why not follow us up the garden path to the top, where you can watch conservation in action and see the work taking place as the glasshouse is restored.  Remember too to visit the Apprentice House garden an overlooked gem in which heritage herbs and vegetables are grown. 

The Unearthed exhibition runs from Saturday 13 February - Sunday 17 April 2016 in the Mill.