The Italian Gardens at Trentham
Visiting The Trentham Estate as a Group
Trentham Gardens view of Perseus

Meet the Garden Designers

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.”

Tom Stuart-Smith

Tom's amazing designs have won him multiple gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show, including a Trentham joint garden with Laurent Perrier in 2005.

The imaginative planting scheme for the Italian Garden has in excess of 100,000 choice perennials and bulbs.

"Trentham will retain the scale and magnificence it had in the 19th Century, but to it we've added diversity and the human element."

Nigel Dunnett

The newly introduced 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 third year and extends to 21,000 square metres connecting Trentham Lake with Brown’s historic parkland beyond.


We believe Nigel’s plantings will create the longest sequencer of linked naturalistic plantings anywhere in the UK.