About the garden
St. Modwen Properties
Owned by St. Modwen Properties and designed by Piet Oudolf, Tom Stuart-Smith and Nigel Dunnett.
Centuries after Capability Brown designed the lake and parkland and Sir Charles Barry laid out the famous gardens, The Trentham Estate in Staffordshire is now one of Europe’s leading 21st-century visitor destinations. The new-look gardens have matured into some of the finest in Britain, with BBC Countryfile magazine awarding Trentham Gardens the accolade Garden of the Year 2015.
The contemporary revival of this famous garden was led by renowned designer and multi-Chelsea Gold-medal winner Tom Stuart-Smith who – along with Trentham’s in-house team – revitalised the derelict 10-acre Victorian garden by introducing vast perennial plantings to give the historic garden a thoroughly contemporary makeover.
Don’t miss the Rivers of Grass – beautiful swathes of grass punctuated by select perennials and divided by turf paths and picnic areas. In contrast, the adjacent Floral Labyrinth provides bold colour, scent and height as paths create a maze through the perennial planting – making it the perfect place to get lost. Eminent Dutch plantsman, and Chelsea Gold-medal winner, Piet Oudolf, designed both schemes. The estate’s restoration of this important historical landscape continues as Brown’s influence at Trentham has been revealed and revitalised, with vast meadow planting by Nigel Dunnett.