The Garden at Nymans

Set high above the Sussex Weald the garden holds a stunning collection of magnolias, eucryphias, camellias and rhododenrons, together with one of the largest collections of South American plants in the UK. Planted in the 1890s by German émigré, Ludwig Messel, the spirit of the Messel family is reflected in the constantly evolving plant designs. With views of the rolling Wealden landscape in one direction and the South Downs in the other, the garden combines the formality of topiary and a rock garden with the informality of sweeping naturalistic planting and drifts of colourful plants.

Spring in the garden at Nymans

Magnolia in the wall garden

Magnificent magnolias

Nymans has a large collection of magnolias, blossoming in shades of creamy white, yellow and pastel pink. Beginning in early February, the flower buds burst through furry casings to bloom majestically against the deep blue skies of spring. Some of our magnolias are named after members of the Messel family, and Magnolia 'Cecil Nice' takes its name from a former Head Gardener. Nymans has a significant collection of rare and important plants, with our Chilean collection flowering during the spring and summer months.

Pink magnolia against a vivid blue sky

What to spot in March

With pastel-coloured bulbs and swathes of daffodils and crocuses, these early flowers are a welcome sight in the first early days of spring.

Plant conservation at Nymans

" I think that the garden may fitly be described as the triumph of hope. It was always full of experiments, it gave endless pleasure, and if you walk through it, you will see the careful thought that was bestowed on each plant."
- Muriel Messel, 1918, writing in A Garden Flora

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