Contrasting with the light and excitement of Christmas, January and February can be dark, quiet, and cold. As a result, it’s easy to feel a little gloomy and lacking in motivation this time of year.
One of the England’s most-visited garden attractions provides a spectacular show for winter: a perfect natural wonderland for a seasonal walk complete with fragrant woodland trails, and even frosty fairies.
October half term is an opportunity to plan in some fun activities with the kids, grandkids, or children in your care. However, as the school holidays seem to appear from nowhere (every single time!) it can be difficult to plan entertaining and affordable activities at the last minute.
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.
In August we had a visit from the designer Tom Stuart-Smith. As regular readers of the garden’s blog will know, his design for the garden is the centrepiece to its successful rejuvenation. There is an amazing range of plants selected to suit our site, including some that you don’t often see in gardens open to the public.
It’s been a scorcher over the last few weeks here at Trentham, and most of our plants have been coping bravely with the extreme conditions. Watering is an almost daily routine for the gardens team, as we try to keep our new spring planting from getting too crispy!
Trentham Gardens is celebrating a remarkable result - after winning top honours for its bold restoration planting, and its gardening team, at the UK’s leading industry awards for parks and gardens professionals.