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Notice: Tulips by the curly steps and in the knott garden are looking wonderful and the bluebells are at their best - particularly in Pookchurch Wood. Free guided bluebell walks until Friday 17 May at 11am & 2pm. (Normal garden admission applies, no need to book). All the newly emerging leaves are making a patchwork quilt of colour, especially looking out across the Weald from the Pinetum. Lots of Rhododendrons are vibrant with colour. Last updated Thurs 16 May.
Outstanding 20th-century garden, set around a romantic house and ruins, in beautiful woodland
Set in the High Weald with splendid views, the garden is a series of experimental designs with spectacular planting and beauty all year. Both a horticulturalist's dream and a peaceful country garden, it is easy to lose yourself in its intimate and surprising corners.
The house, transformed into a Gothic mansion in the 1920s, burnt down shortly after, leaving romantic ruins. The remaining rooms are unexpectedly charming, filled with flowers from the garden as Anne Messel, Countess of Rosse had them.
Ancient woods beyond the garden dip into the valley, with walks among avenues, wild flowers, the lake and cascades.
Spring family fun
Plant your own 'Octavia Hill' geranium and nurture it at home, £1 per plant. Bring it back in summer to enter our flower competition
- Take our half-term explorer trail: 25 May - 2 June, £2
- Take our geocaching trails in the garden or woods - borrow our GPS devices
- Pick up a kid's map to find the best play areas in the garden
Our garden comes to life in spring. It's flowering time for our broad collection of magnolias and rhododendrons, the Primula denticulata are also sprouting bobbing heads and snake's head fritillaries have popped up in the walled garden.
In just a few weeks our Chilean and Chinese collection will be blooming and the magnolias, camellias and azaleas should be splendid. And we've got tulips back at Nymans this year, which we hope to enjoy in late April, along with bluebells in the woods and wild garden.
You can enjoy the spring garden at your own pace or join a daily guided tour. Mobility buggy tours are also available.