Gardens

Not many people are familiar with the name Gertrude Jekyll outside the world of gardening, but for those with green fingers and others in the know she is one of the great English garden architects and designers.

The years she spent replanting the gardens here at Tylney Hall represent a lifetime’s achievement.  So it is of little surprise that we have heaped just as much loving care on restoring the gardens and grounds as we have spent bringing the Hall back to its former glory. 

Our Head Gardener, Paul Tattersdill, and his team have been tending the gardens for over 25 years, and his vision is only now nearing completion.  At the last count there were over 250,000 trees and shrubs on the estate which sprawls over 66 acres , and Paul and his team are never happier than when they are showing fellow garden enthusiasts around the estate.

The Italian and Dutch gardens delight and entrance and from here you get a wonderful sight of the lake with its picturesque boathouse bridge.  Stroll down to the lake and look back and you’ll be rewarded with one of the best views of the Hall, framed by giant redwoods. 

Garden lovers are also drawn to the Rose Garden, but don’t be surprised to find a bride and groom posing there, as the beauty of this idyllic spot makes it a perfect setting for romantic wedding photos. So too is the Azalea Garden, especially when the orchids are in full bloom in June.

Wander a little further from the Hall deeper into the woodland and follow the sound of cascading water, and you’ll discover the Water Garden.  Here you will see strands of bamboo hug the lake, and if you listen hard enough you’ll hear the tell-tale “plop” of fish feeding as dragonflies skim across the surface.  It’s a little green watery wonderland and well worth seeking out.

And because it would be unfair to keep all this cultivated beauty to ourselves, every year we are very happy to throw open the gates to our gardens on special open days which are part of the National Garden Scheme.

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