A garden for all seasons

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In the nursery

The Nymans nursery team grow a range of plants for both the garden and our plant centre.


They are also responsible for conservation propagation at Nymans which focuses on our rare trees and shrubs. 


What are we working on this autumn?

  • Tree and shrub planting
  • Turf maintenance to help prevent waterlogging of prone areas through winter
  • Removing bracken and brambles from the wild garden
  • Hedge cutting to keep all the hedges trim and shapely
  • Cutting the grass throughout September
  • Cleaning walking beams and logs in the natural play areas
  • Covering urns and statues ready for winter

Meet Nymans' head gardeners

Since 1890 Nymans has had only five head gardeners. Their personalities and passion for plants have made Nymans the great garden it is today.

Awesome autumn

The heather collection

The subtle winter colours of heather  © Nymans/Jemma Donaldson

The heather collection at Nymans is a very special one. Home to a Plant Heritage collection it was one of the first heather gardens in Britain. Ludwig Messel began laying it out and planting it in 1902 with the help of his esteemed head gardener James Comber. Throughout the autumn and winter months this area looks spectacular with the best of the bunch being Erica carnea and Erica X darleyensis cultivars.



Nymans Arboretum in autumn © NT/Nymans

This time of year you'll be wowed by the spectacular display of  autumn colour in the arboretum. The Messel family started planning this part of the garden in the 1890s with Quercus rubra, the cork oak, being planted in 1906. This is now an endangered species in Southern Europe. Look out for fabulous colour in Liquidamber and Taxodium distichum. 

Plant Hunters

Magnolia at Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall © NTPL/Stephen Robson

Nymans has one of the best collections of plants in the UK with a myriad of plants being collected from across the world. Many of these have been collected by famous plant hunters, right up until the present day. A number of these plants have autumn interest such as Magnolia sargentiana var robusta collected in China by Ernest Henry Wilson in the 1920s.   

Planting of the summer borders

As we head towards the end of the summer season our thoughts turn toward putting the garden to bed. The summer borders are still looking good and the vibrant colour will last well into October. 

Here's a reminder of how they were planted up back in May by the garden team and volunteers.  

The garden volunteers

Garden volunteers plant thousands of bulbs every year © Jana Eastwood

Our volunteers help make Nymans the spectacular garden that it is today, adding resources, skills and personality to the full time team.

Nymans offers volunteers a chance to get experience and learn new skills in one of Britain’s most significant gardens.

Contact us for more details

South African meadow

Berkheya purpurea â¿¿Zulu Warriorâ¿¿ © NT/Kirsten Kelly

The South African bed is a treasure chest of unusual and interesting plants that give maximum colour and playful textures, planted in rhythmic patterns together with bold drifts.

The scheme has been such a great success we plan to do it all again.