Autumn delights in the Tylney Garden

We catch up with Tylney's Estate Manager, Paul Tattersdill, to find out what delights we can find in the 66-acre estate during the beautiful autumn months...

Autumn has arrived! What delights can we see in the Tylney Gardens?
We have a fine selection of Acers and Ornamental Cherries. We've also made a conscious effort to plant a range of Parthenocissus, which climb the red-brick walls of the Victorian mansion house.

What about the Water Garden?
The Liquid Ambers give some impressive reflections in the lakes in the Water Garden - designed by Gertrude Jekyll.
You’ll find a good example of Cercidiphyllum Japonicum which has yellow autumn colour - when the leaves drop it has a sweet burnt sugar scent that pervades the air.

How is the kitchen garden this year?  
With the wet spring, the deeper-rooted tree fruit has performed quite well - considering the hot summer. It’s a shame about the turf, which has been burnt to a crisp and is going to take a while to recover.

What jobs are you & your team busy with in Autumn?
We have a lot of yew hedges to clip and that work normally carries on into autumn. Given the poor state of the turf this year we will be applying an autumn/winter turf fertilizer with iron to control the moss, and magnesium for turf hardiness and colour.
Hopefully, we will see if we can improve the sward before the winter temperatures fall and grass growth slows.

What jobs do you recommend people do in their own gardens at this time of year?
It’s a tidying time of the year - fallen leaves to clear, cutting back herbaceous plants, bringing in tender plants to the glasshouse, may be even indulge in planting some new trees and shrubs - when we have had some of that prayed-for rain.

Our next NGS Open Day is this Sunday 7th October - how much did we raised so far and where to the funds go?
Tylney Hall has been opening to the general public, through the National Gardens Scheme, for some 29 years. All admission charges go towards supporting the various charities nominated by the scheme, including:
Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Carers Trust, Queens Nursing Trust, Parkinsons UK, Perennial, MS Society and the National Autistic Society.
It is very rewarding to think of the many visitors that have enjoyed wandering the Edwardian gardens at Tylney Hall have contributed in the region of £40,000 to such worthwhile Charities.

If you would like to explore Tylney's beautiful 66-acre estate, we are open this Sunday 7th October 2018, from 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Tickets available on arrival for £5.00 adults and children go FREE.
As always, well-behaved dogs are very welcome - on a lead. Find out more here.

DON'T MISS! The Great Big Tree Climbing Company will also be back to take visitors up into the canopy. Anyone 6-years or older can climb our ancient cedar tree, overlooking the Boathouse Lake. Additional £20.00 per person, pre-booking essential