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.

Autumn highlights

" 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

What to spot in the garden over the coming months

The team collecting in the field

Following in the footsteps of the Plant Hunters  

In January representatives from horticultural and botanical institutions made a field trip to Tasmania, following in the footsteps of plant hunter Harold Comber and his trip to of the 1930s.