September Gardens Blog at Trentham

Gardening Blog September

This month has been a good chance for the gardens team to crack on with making sure everything looks sharp and neat before the winter weather sets in. We’ve been clipping the Portugese laurels (Prunus lusitanica) in their beautiful Versaille inspired containers down the main walk of the Italian Garden.

Some of the specimens have grown a little unevenly over the years so it was quite a challenge at times to try to keep the shape, you can judge for yourself how well we did when you next visit!

This month, as a thank you to our superb volunteers, we are taking a trip to the National Trust’s Packwood House. We wouldn’t be able to keep the gardens looking as good as they do all year round without the help from volunteers. Many come for a range of reasons including social interaction, physical exercise or building up valuable experience in the world of horticulture. Visiting other gardens is really important for staff development too, so we can discuss ideas and share good practice, as well as be inspired by planting combinations and displays.

We have a new trainee starting with us at Trentham as part of the HBGTP scheme (Historic & Botanic Garden Training Programme). This scheme offers paid placements with hands on training in some of Britain’s most beautiful gardens, and is a great step for those considering a career in horticulture. For more information on the scheme, please visit the HBGTP website. Stephen previously started out as an accountant, so horticulture is quite the career change! He is starting his training programme with the Lakeside & Woodland team, and they have been very busy with a range of new projects.

Many of you may have noticed quite a few changes around the lake with new areas being planted up. This has continued this month with the development of our stumpery on the West side of the lake. The team have been having a great time with this project and have been busy digging holes, some of them were pretty deep! This was done in order to remove the old upright logs and replace them with stumps.

The woodland comes alive with the colours of oranges and reds as the trees and shrubs begin to change. You’ll notice our Sweet Gum (Liquidambers) and Witch Hazels (Hamamelis x intermedia) down our zig zag walk are standing out with bright and beautiful foliage. There’s still plenty of heat in the fiery colours of our Rudbeckias, Heleniums and Dahlias too, as well as our beautiful tree collection, so lots to see to keep that chill at bay in the gardens this coming autumn

Tips for the September garden:

  • Harvest squashes, root veg and maincrop potatoes.
  • Cut down fruited summer raspberry canes and tie in new ones.
  • Start work on scarifying and aerating lawns.
  •  Give evergreen hedges a final trim.