Marie Louise Gardens is a small wooded park located amongst residential housing and often described as Didsbury’s hidden gem.
Over 100 years old, these beautiful gardens were built for Josephine Silkenstadt, the widow of a cotton merchant, in memory of her daughter Marie Louise who died in 1891 of peritonitis, aged just 26.
The Gardens which were acquired as a gift to the city of Manchester in 1904 are located in West Didsbury off Palatine Road. They were part of the gardens of Josephine Silkenstadt’s home and are of a simple shape, designed by prominent local civil engineer Joshua Cartwright. Comprising crossing pathways, edged with many rare and majestic trees they are a delight whatever the season.
There are many interesting botanical specimens including a maidenhair tree (ginkgo biloba).