Our first visit to the gardens of Stoke on Trent was in 1986 for the pre-opening session of the Stoke-on-Trent National Garden Festival at the Etruria site. The Stoke-on-Trent National Garden Festival was the second of Britain's National Garden Festivals. It was held in the city from 1 May to 26 October 1986, and was opened by the Queen. If not the first outside visitors we were certainly in the first cohort. Boy did it rain, stair rods, We were frozen and soaked. Didn’t realise the planting was just taking place and there was only one daffodil in bloom. Took a ride round the site on an open sided mini train and got even wetter!
Glad to say todays trip to Trentham Gardens, just south of the city, was much better. Lovely day to just meander round the Lake.
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At the centre of Trentham Gardens is the mile long, Capability Brown designed, Trentham Lake – you can take an end to end small boat ride. The contemporary revival of the famous formal Italian Gardens Italian was led by renowned designer and multi-Chelsea gold-medal winner Tom Stuart Smith.
To the east of the Italian Gardens are the Rivers of Grass and the adjacent Floral Labyrinth. Both these schemes were designed by eminent Dutch plantsman, and Chelsea gold-medal winner, Piet Oudolf.
Marilyn was off with the faeries.
The fairies were created from galvanised and stainless steel wire, by local artist Robin Wight. His daughter Amy Wight created the giant dandelions, in similar vein’ by the lake.
Wooden sculptures, created from fallen trees, are found all around the site and are all hand crafted by Andy Burgess using only chainsaws and power tools,
and strange things hanging from trees.
There is much history to Trentham, including -
|site of the old |
'Playground of the Potteries' Lido
|the remains of the old house|
Well worth a visit if your in that neck of the woods.