About the Gardens
The Italian Garden layout is designed within the historic framework of Sir Charles Barry’s original Italianate Garden of the 19th Century.
The gardens have never stood still at Trentham, and in our approach to restoration it’s important to allow the garden to continue to move forward, not back. We commissioned renowned RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medallist Tom Stuart-Smith, to revive The Italian Garden with one of the largest contemporary perennial plantings in Europe. In the Spring we add pots of colourful tulips followed by early summer colour from the wisteria, bearded iris and roses. The perennial displays are in their peak in late summer and autumn.
Upper Flower Garden
The Upper Flower Garden has been restored based on the original layout of Sir Charles Barry’s design. The horticultural schemes it once contained were amongst the most innovative and horticulturally trend setting in the country.
Rivers of Grass
The Rivers of Grass evoke a sense of intimacy for the visitor amongst the unrestricted flow of plant form and texture, developing within the garden throughout the year.
A naturalistic weave of grasses and punctuating herbaceous perennials created by internationally acclaimed designer Piet Oudolf, have been specifically selected to grow en masse. They are adapted to thrive in naturally challenging growing conditions. A first class example of man working with nature and not against it and the perfect location to enjoy a picnic on one of the many picnic benches dotted around the lakeside walks.
A labyrinth of paths meanders through 30 beds of tall perennial planting, offering up bold colours and wonderful aromas. In early spring enjoy displays of bulbs. The perennials will be at their peak from mid summer and we retain their seedhead displays into January for the benefit of visitors, photographers and wildlife.
Piet Oudolf’s contemporary scheme is set against a backdrop of historic parkland, containing old Yew trees, a Tulip tree and an Acer capidoccium-Cappadocia maple - which has the largest girth in the British Isles. The depth of colour and shadow of the majestic Cedar of Lebanon, contrasts beautifully with the bold drifts of herbaceous perennials.
Show Gardens at Trentham
We are in the process of updating a number of our Show Gardens this year. Still available to enjoy are the Wildlife garden, Japanese garden, Sensory garden and potager and Secret Garden. In coming months we are expanding our Secret Garden to have a range of new features. We will also be opening a Quiet Space garden specifically to support our visitors with Autism and hidden disabilities with a bespoke private garden space to help them enjoy their visit.
Trentham Hall Remains
In the northern-most part of the Eastern Pleasure Ground stands the remains of Trentham Hall including the sculpture gallery and clock tower. Demolished almost a Century ago, this former seat of the Dukes of Sutherland, was once one of England’s grandest country houses.
The remains of the sculpture gallery are now covered in wisteria and continue to age beautifully and draw the attention of visiting photographers.