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Meet the Gardeners

We have an amazing team of gardeners here at Trentham, led by Head of Garden and Estate, Michael Walker. They are supported by a brilliant force of volunteers, and not forgetting - Georgina the Cat - head of pest control!


Piet Oudolf

This generation’s leading exponent of naturalistic planting, Piet is widely considered to be Europe’s leading plantsman. From his nursery in Holland, he breeds extraordinary plants that captivate the gardening world. His worldwide work includes the Manhattan - High Line Project. At Trentham he has designed our Rivers of Grass and Floral Labyrinth; the new gateway to the Garden.

Piet also designed the long borders which flank either side of Tom Stuart-Smith’s planting in the Italian Garden.

“Although inspired by Capability Brown, my planting plans are influenced by early Cubist paintings and the English artist Ben Nicolson.”


Nigel Dunnett

Nigel Dunnett

The Annual and Perennial meadow schemes at Trentham Gardens are designed by Professor Nigel Dunnett. They have introduced a distinctly contemporary understory to Capability Brown’s newly revealed landscape. The main annual meadow, is now in its second year on this site and extends to 21,000 square metres connecting Trentham Lake with Brown’s historic parkland beyond.

If you’d like to become a Garden Volunteer download the leaflet and be in touch!