Trentham Gardens – sculpture

Earlier in September we visited Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire. I didn’t get around to blogging about it due to lack of energy. Since then, Jessica over at Rusty Duck has also visited the gardens, and blogged! As her blog is such a lovely walk around the garden, which I invite you to read, I don’t feel I need to repeat what would be a similar blogpost here.

Instead, this is a photo essay of many of the sculptures at Trentham, some in the gardens, some around the lake, in particular, a year-long display of fairies in the garden. It was a rather overcast grey day, and I think the fairies would have preferred the sun, but they still gave their all. I’ve listed the name of the sculpture where I could find it.


River of Otters, by Gary Burgess

Planting by Nigel Dunnet

Spring, amongst the dandelions

Spring, different angle

Another ‘Wishes’
Hare amongst Persicaria
A third Wishes. Three wishes!

I enjoy seeing sculpture in gardens and this was a lot of fun. The fairy sculptures will remain at Trentham until 24th December 2018. It will be interesting to see what will appear in the gardens next year.

5 thoughts on “Trentham Gardens – sculpture”

  1. Oh gosh, I can see we missed so much by not walking round the lake. I love the wildflower meadow too, I'd loved to have seen that. And isn't it amazing that it is still so colourful so late in the year?

  2. Difficult to register an opinion so out of line with others… but I do not like the fairies. Not only do they not add to the garden, they distract from it.

    I am intrigued by the photo of Nigel Dunnett's plantings with the rusted steel curves. Before coming down firmly on one side or the other, I'd want to see the sculpture in its context. But at least it looks like a piece of art that has some thought behind it rather than a nod to nostalgic kitsch.

  3. I'm with you, Pat. I'm hoping, but not clear, that the fairies are well away from the best planting, and it looks as if they are actually a sort of side show.


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