About Daisy Nook Garden Centre

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This area of Manchester has always been a popular spot for a day out.  Back in 1859 local writer Ben Brierley wrote a book called A Summer Day in Daisy Nook and he used this area, then known as Waterhouses, as the location for the tale. 

The book was a huge success and Ben’s invented name Daisy Nook stuck.  Thousands of Victorian sightseers came here and a whole host of tea houses and inns opened their doors to cope with the new visitors.  It was also the home of a famous Easter fair which still runs each year to this day.

The country park, which surrounds us, has developed over the years and includes the Crime Lake, created during the construction of the canals in 1794 – and again Ben Brierley used the lake to great effect in his writings as the home of so-called boggarts and spirits.  The area is so famous that the great artist LS Lowry even came here and his paintings of his visits Crime Lake and Good Friday, Daisy Nook have been sold for some very high prices (almost £4million for Good Friday, Daisy Nook!).

Daisy Nook Garden Centre started its life back in 1972 and is set in the shadow of Medlock Hall, which dates back to 1316, and alongside the bubbling crystal-clear River Medlock.  Owned by the Calder family, Daisy Nook has built up an enviable reputation for its plants and its advice.  In recent years the site has been massively developed and you can now find a whole range of indoor and outdoor goods, a contemporary café and much more.

Celebrity gardeners have often popped in – Percy Thrower (probably Britain’s first celebrity gardener) called in and gave his approval to the plants on offer in our early days and more recently Diarmuid Gavin spent a day meeting customers when we unveiled our new building.  But then we’ve had lots of celebrity customers too – Last of the Summer Wine star Kathy Staff (famous as Nora Batty) used to live right next door and we’ve supplied countless Coronation Street stars and famous football players with plants and garden equipment.  In fact, you never know who you’ll bump into at Daisy Nook.

These days it’s often difficult to find the personal touch but being family-owned and family focused we’ve always ensured a hands-on approach is right at the heart of our business.  You’ll see the owners where you’d want to see them – in and around the centre alongside our hand-picked team. 

There’s always something going on – regular themed weeks when you’ll find special offers and displays, free Christmas entertainments and community projects such as the work we do with local schools to introduce children to gardening, fresh food and the joy of creating something.  This isn’t marketing jargon – so many garden centres are now part of huge chains that we’ve always strived to be different.

Do call in – if there’s something you want which you can’t find do please just ask – we’ll do our very best to source it for you!

You’ll find further information on our events and offers by clicking here

For maps showing how to reach us click here

For more information on Daisy Nook Country Park click here

For a handy walks leaflet click here

To learn about Hollinwood Canal click here

Pictures clockwise from top: The famous Easter Fayre (Courtesy Oldham Evening Chronicle), The Lowry Centre, the country park is a mecca for artists, Diarmuid Gavin, and our warm welcome.