Rose Trellis Walk

Designed in 1847 by Head Gardener, George Flemming, this original ironwork frame gave ‘window’ views across his innovative ribbon bedding plant displays.

Take a look at the illustration below – can you see the windows through the trellis and the bands of plants? In the days of horticultural innovation, plants were grown in coal-fired greenhouses and planted out to create summer displays when the Duke and Duchess visited Trentham as their summer residence.

When we took on the restoration of the garden the Trellis walk was overgrown and metalwork was unsafe. The original iron scrolls were reunited with the trellis after being discovered at a local ironworks. The walk is approximately 100m in length and is now planted with wisteria and roses.

At the north end of this walk, you will find a statue of Hygeia, the Goddess of Health in Greek and Roman mythology. Despite most of the Estate’s original pieces of sculpture being sold off in the 1800s and early 1900s, Hygeia remained in the ruined Sculpture Gallery. After vandals had broken off and stolen her head, she was collected to be restored in 2005. A new head and hand were carved from marble as part of restoration work. She now stands proudly at the end of the trellis walk.

Image supplied by Brampton Museum & Art Gallery