With National Gardening Week (28 April – 5 May) just around the corner, countryside retreat Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens is offering an exclusive array of gardening events to mark the occasion. Starting the week in style, Tylney Hall will open its doors for the first National Garden Scheme Open Day of the year on Sunday 28 April. The family-friendly event offers a chance to wander around the gardens at leisure, with the hotel’s estate team on hand to answer any questions, and children can also feed the hotel’s resident ducks. All proceeds from the event go to the National Garden Scheme charity, with tickets for adults only £5 per person and children going free. On Monday 29 April, expert garden writer and author Lia Leendertz will be hosting a spring-inspired afternoon tea, featuring seasonal cakes and pastries such as such as violet and lavender eclairs, apple and elderflower tartlet, pink grapefruit and white chocolate set curd with genoise sponge. The event will include a talk from Lia on how to connect with the seasons and what makes springtime special, followed by a mini garden tour with estate manager Paul Tattersdill. Tickets to Tylney Hall’s ‘Living by the Seasons’ spring afternoon tea are £39pp, and can be booked by calling 01256 745533 or emailing Marion Bampton; email@example.com. Garden enthusiasts who want to explore Tylney Hall’s 66 acres of grounds in more depth will have the opportunity throughout National Gardening Week to book a private group tour with Paul Tattersdill. Paul has worked on the Tylney Hall estate since it first opened as a hotel in 1985 and has spent that time lovingly restoring the 66 acres, including bringing the Gertrude Jekyll-designed Water Gardens back to their former glory, restoring the lake bridge, planting the Kitchen Garden with top fruit and creating a herb garden, the produce of which is now being used in the hotel’s restaurant. Garden tours with Paul are usually only available to hotel guests staying in the exclusive State Suite, but for National Gardening Week only can be booked by both residents and non-residents (minimum groups of 10). Private garden tours must be booked in advance for a minimum of 10 people and are subject to availability, price on request. Overnight stays at Tylney Hall start from £85 per person including breakfast (two sharing). For more information about Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens, visit www.tylneyhall.co.uk.