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TRENTHAM GARDENS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Stone Road
Trentham
Stoke-on-Trent
ST4 8JG

Signed from M6. For SatNav, use postcode ST4 8JG.

186 acres

Tel
01782 646646

Visit website

Opening Hours

1 Jan–24 Dec. Please see website for opening times.

Admission

Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) applies Mon– Sun, 1 Jan–30 Apr 2022 and Mon–Fri, 1 Nov - 31 Mar 2023 only (except BH and separately ticketed events).

Please note: This is a change from the period of free entry published in the RHS Members’ Handbook, and we apologise that it has been necessary to make this change.

Facilities

  • Accessible facilities
  • Accessible garden
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children’s play area
  • Children's activities
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets

Features

  • Autumn colour
  • Japanese garden
  • Mediterranean/Italian garden
  • Pond or lake
  • Sculpture
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Wildlife planting and features
  • Winter garden
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
St. Modwen Properties

Designed By
Piet Oudorf

Trentham Gardens is a unique and inspiring 72-hectare (186-acre) experience for gardeners, photographers and wildlife enthusiasts.   

The historic parkland garden is reimagined as a sustainable contemporary restoration designed by a trio of internationally acclaimed designers: 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 Italianate gardens, Trentham in Staffordshire is now a leading 21st-century visitor destination. The multi award-winning gardens have matured into some of the finest in Britain.

The revival was led by multi-Chelsea Gold-medal winner Tom Stuart-Smith who – along with Trentham’s in-house team – revitalised the derelict 4-hectare (10-acre) Victorian garden by introducing vast perennial plantings to give the historic garden a thoroughly contemporary and inspirational 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 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 series of innovative meadow plantings by Nigel Dunnett and dramatic large-scale plantings of bulbs, winter-flowering shrubs and groves of trees for spring and autumnal colour.   

Many rare UK wildlife species can be spotted around the lakeside walks, woodlands and gardens throughout the year including water voles, otters, fallow deer, weasels, over 80 species of birds including kingfishers, 17 species of dragon and damselfly, butterflies, moths and pollinators.   

Trentham is home to FantasyWire Fairies, designed and created by local sculptor Robin Wright. Art is featured throughout the gardens, creating a range of photographic opportunities.    

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Asters
  • Autumn bulbs
  • Bluebells
  • Conifers
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Cut flowers
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Delphiniums
  • Ferns
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Grasses
  • Hellebores
  • Hemerocallis
  • Herbs
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Lilies
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Topiary
  • Vegetables
  • Wildflowers
  • Wisteria

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.