Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Trentham Gardens Have a Real Wow Factor

On the second afternoon of the Garden Tour, we visited Trentham Gardens. I didn't really know anything much about it, certainly didn't realise that it has won awards for the last number of years, the latest in 2015 when it was voted BBC Countryfile's Garden of the Year, and Alan Titchmarsh described it as 'one of UK's must-see gardens', although having visited, I would say it's stunning.
The Trentham site is huge, there's plenty of car parking, a shopping village, and then the gardens are reached via a bridge over the River Trent. There's been a contemporary revival of the Italianate Gardens by renowned designer and multi Chelsea award winner, Tom Stuart-Smith where he has used 80000 perennials of 400 varieties in 70 beds. Those nearest the lake are white flowered and light , getting redder and darker as the site of Trentham House is reached.
 Here are some of the yellowy shades of the most fabulous Euphorbia
 An orange Euphorbia which was stunning.
 Below you can see 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.
 And here's the Italianate garden seen from a viewing platform with the lake in the background and a folly on the hill just about visible
 The long borders, Rivers of Grass and the absolutely fabulous Floral Labyrinth was designed by eminent Dutch plantsman and Chelsea gold medal winner,  Piet Oudolf
 Above part of a long border, and below lots of photos of the Floral Labyrinth
 Wherever you look, there's a beautiful juxtapositioning of plants

 In perfect harmony with the beautiful mature trees

 You can just see the Alliums standing up against the trees
 Amazing Hosta flowers below
 And with the old buildings in the distance

There is a lovely restaurant beside the lake, not far from the gardens, and there's lots more to do apart from looking at plants!

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