About the garden
One of the National Trust's premier gardens, Nymans was a creative retreat for the artistic Messel family. The garden showcases year-round colour and interest with rare and unusual plant collections of national significance. There is a stunning collection of subtly fragranced magnolias in springtime. The rose garden, created by Maud Messel in the 1920s, is scented by hints of old-fashioned roses. In autumn, dramatic shows of vibrant native tree colour precede the winter’s structural form.
Discover hidden corners through stone archways, walk along tree-lined avenues, all the while surrounded by the lush countryside of the Sussex Weald. The comfortable yet elegant house, a partial ruin, reflects the personalities and stories of the talented Messel family. The adjoining woodland, with lake and bird hides, provides plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife. A small gallery shows changing exhibitions throughout the year. Plant centre, café and shop are open all year round.