A hospice today launches a special campaign inspired by former service user Charlotte Thom which will culminate in a stunning butterfly themed art installation at the heart of the world-renowned gardens at the Trentham Estate.
Staffordshire’s Trentham Estate is set to turn the clocks back this June, when the parkland will echo to the nostalgic sounds of 1940s Big Band swing to celebrate the gardens 15th anniversary, and commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D Day Landings.
Spring has certainly arrived at Trentham, with intense bursts of vibrant colour as we move into March. Arriving in the Italian Garden from the visitor centre will see you greeted with glowing banks of Narcissus tumbling down the hillside from the tea rooms in the distance.
Everyone at Trentham Gardens was really saddened to hear of the death of Gordon Banks. He was a regular visitor and we loved seeing his smiling face walking around the lake and gardens. We know he'll be missed by staff and visitors alike who were in awe of this humble legend.
After some wintery weather over the last few weeks the gardening team have welcomed the milder, sunny days. We've been able to start clearing away the dead material from flower beds to make way for the new shoots of spring.
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.