A garden for all seasons

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In the nursery

We're always busy in the nursery with plants to prick out, pot on and harden off. We grow plants here for our Plant and Garden centre. Come to our monthly nursery open days to see us in action.

What are we working on this autumn?

  • Turf care - aerating and scarifying the lawns
  • Hedge trimming the yew, box , beech and laurel hedges around the garden.
  • Rose care - pruning and thining out.
  • Lifting and dividing perennials
  • FrostProtecting our tender plants form frost damage
  • Lifting and storing dahlias

Meet Nymans' head gardeners

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

Awesome autumn

Arboretum colour

Nymans Arboretum in autumn © NT/Nymans

As the kaleidoscope of colour in areas such as the summer borders and South African bed starts to fade, there is plenty to feast your eyes on as autumn gradually settles over the garden. Check out the arboretum where the delicious red and golden tones of the trees will be putting on a fantastic firework display of foliage.

Fantastic foliage

Bench and autumn leaves © NTPL/Andrew Butler

Autumn foliage is abundant throughout the garden with the scarlet leaves of the Enkianthus perulatus in the heather garden, pink foliage on Euonymus alatus (Burning bush) in the top garden and yellow leaves on our Chinese Tulip tree (Liriodendron chinense) near the tennis lawn. 

Bark, berries and blooms

The fruit of Cornus kousa always attract a lot of attention © National Trust

Enjoy the coloured stems on the Acer palmatum 'senkaki' in the meadow area. The rare flowers of bulbous plants like Schizostylis coccinea 'Viscountess Byng' in the rock garden and interesting cones in the pinetum bring the gardens to life in this quieter time of the year.

The Messels' garden

The new sub tropical design adds a real sense of drama to the ruins behind © National Trust

The Messel family were passionate about plants, gardening and design. We continue to garden in the spirit of the Messels.  As a result, our garden is constantly evolving, developing and being restored. Come and admire our newly redesigned Sunk Garden and the views across the Weald that have been revealed at Holly Corner.

Autumn ambles

Get your walking boots on and let’s go walking © NTPL

Nymans is an exciting place in autumn and the perfect place for a brisk stroll through fallen leaves. The trees are covered in reds, yellows and oranges and there are lots of fun events for all the family.

Meet some of our gardening team