Trentham Gardens in Spring

We have visited the wonderful Trentham Gardens in Stoke-on-Trent several times already but never in springtime. So last week we took the family along to share it with us. Our son Jamie and girlfriend Sam and our daughter Jo with husband Rob met us in the coffee shop just after the gardens opened. Jude the Undergardener and I took Sheila, Jude’s mother in the car with us. Thus three generations enjoyed the wander around these magnificent gardens.

Come with us and my camera as we wander through the garden, where spring is all about contrasting foliage, texture, colour and shape, with a few special early flowers.

A brilliant design feature at this garden is having a most excellent coffee shop half way round. Should be compulsory! After refreshing ourselves we continued our wander but within a short walk of the coffee shop those of us who are young at heart were delighted to find a sensory walk. A ramble through the woods on a path made up of sections of all sorts of textured materials, bark, gravel, sand, tarmac and best of all a mud pool full of black sticky mud.

In the more formal part of the garden where modern planting overlays Italianate designs, patterns and structures emerge.

Textures leap to the fore as the light reaches its peak in the early afternoon, texture in trunks of trees, building materials and leaf surfaces. In one border Giant Puffball fungi with the texture of polystyrene, erupted from the bark mulch.

Even this early in the year fabulous colour combinations are there to impress.

When visiting gardens we often meet interesting characters and on this visit we met this chap, who had little to say and looked most disturbed about something.

About greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.
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13 Responses to Trentham Gardens in Spring

  1. Judy says:

    What a wonderful day your family must have had! I loved all the pictures, but even though I’m more of a cottage type gardener I do so enjoy picture of your more formal gardens. I guess it is the creativity and dedication involved in maintaining such beauty. I also had to chuckle at the sensory walk because my grandson made a bucket of mud yesterday and wanted me to soak my feet in it. And, a garden with a coffee shop – life doesn’t get much better than that.

    • It is a wonderful combination of formal structure overlain with soft modern perennial planting which works so well. And the coffee is so good.

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  2. What a magnificent place, love that they have a coffee shop and that sensory walk is unique! Looks like you all had fun…

  3. pbmgarden says:

    The sensory walk looks like great fun–never seen anything like it. great job exploring textures.

  4. Jamie Mollart says:

    Who is the handsome fellow in the green jacket?!

  5. PJ Girl says:

    It’s been years since I’ve been to Trentham… did you see any monkeys?

  6. a strawberry patch says:

    Coffee and gardening, doesn’t get much better than that!

  7. Wow, it looks like you had an amazing time here this Spring. Thanks for sharing your blog – come back soon!

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