In 1874, Henry Moore took over as Peel Park’s Head Gardener- In the Salford Art Museum and Gallery you’ll find the entirety of his original fortnightly journals, recording the details of which plants flourished in certain times of the year, as well as the life and actions of the 15 workers in the park. Below are some examples of his journal entries from 1875.

oil painting flowers at Peel Park

11-23 Jan: Installing French drains. Mr Danvers left. Want a leading man to act as foreman and check those in the habit of leaving their work during my absence to visit the beer houses.

22 Mar-3 Apr: Solid stone steps expensive for terrace; will use stone edging and flag tread. Forming bank looking towards fountain.

3-29 May: Tulips and Hyacinths out of beds. Steps at east too spongy for asphalt, stone flags. Walk is gravelled, circle has fine gravel. Jas Burton tried to steal the pea- cock, found up the large Pear tree; first offence, good character, acquitted. 31.

12-24 July: Park flooded, Geraniums and Calceolarias suffering, paths washed away.

18 Oct-3 Nov: Taking up bedding and Dahlias; planning Tulips and Hyacinths on the Promenade, round the Peel and Brotherton statues and other beds. Removing old Ponticum Rhododendrons and replacing with new named varieties, for better show.