Heyland & Whittle is delighted to be attending the Trentham Gardens Craft and Design Show this year. We are among 100 makers from around the UK to be setting up a stand in the marquees within this stunning and historic garden.
It’s a show that Ursula has been to on a number of occasions and it’s always got a lovely atmosphere. We’re excited to be bringing our selection of Candles, Soaps and Reed Diffusers to this wonderful show and meeting many of our customers in person.
An estate at the heart of the community
Trentham Estate may date back to 1086, as it's mentioned in the Domesday Book, but is thoroughly up to date in terms of its modern-day usage. There’s a shopping village, attractions to appeal to all the family, including the Monkey Forest, and its beautiful lake, which is popular with locals who like to stroll or jog around it, taking in the views.
Being on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent, it’s not surprising that Trentham has strong links to fine craftsmanship. Its proximity to the Potteries has led to the estate’s shops continuing to stock some of the most iconic names in ceramics, such as Spode and Royal Worcester.
Gardens designed by masters
Over the years, the gardens at Trentham have benefitted from the design ideas of some of the most lauded landscapers of their time. In the 18th century, a formal garden was laid out by Charles Bridgeman, who was the royal gardener to Queen Anne and Prince George of Denmark.
Much of this was overlaid by the plans set out by Capability Brown, who took over the design of the gardens from 1758. Widely considered to be England’s greatest gardener, it was he who oversaw the creation of the lake, which stretches for a mile and continues to form the centrepiece of the gardens to this day.
The evolution of the Trentham Gardens continued in the 19th century, when Sir Charles Barry created the Italian Garden. In the spirit of employing the best gardeners of the day, Chelsea Flower Show gold medallist Tom Stuart-Smith was tasked with restoring this formal garden. He undertook one of the biggest plantings of perennials anywhere in Europe in contemporary times to return it to its former glory.
To this day, world-class gardeners continue to oversee the projects at Trentham, which evolve with time and push forward with innovative ideas. Another Chelsea gold medal winner, Piet Oudolf, who is known for his bold design features, was responsible for the Rivers of Grass installation and Floral Labyrinth.
When it comes to wildflowers, there’s nobody with better credentials than Nigel Dunnet. He designed the meadows at the Olympic Park and he’s done it again at Trentham. Wander through the lakeside Burke’s Wood and enjoy the carpet of native flowers underfoot.
If you’re a keen gardener, it’s impossible not to be inspired by the stunning surroundings of the estate. You’re bound to return home with plenty of ideas for your own little patch of green space. Be sure to stop by the Heyland & Whittle stand at the fair and pick up a Gardeners Soap Bar while you’re there. This fragrant gem is perfect for nourishing your hands after an afternoon of planting.