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Open Please see website for opening dates and times.

NYMANS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Handcross
Haywards Heath
RH17 6EB

On B2114.

33 acres (13.3ha)

Tel
01444 405250

Visit website

Admission

Please see website for opening dates and times.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - applies when open.

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Café
  • Children's activities
  • Disabled access
  • Disabled facilities
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Guide dogs only
  • Parking
  • Picnics allowed
  • Plants for sale
  • Toilets

Features

  • Arboretum
  • Autumn colour
  • Champion trees
  • Herbaceous border
  • National Plant Collections
  • Rock garden
  • Winter garden

About the garden

Owned by
National Trust

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.

Plants of special interest

  • Alpines
  • Bluebells
  • Camellias
  • Conifers
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Grasses
  • Heathers
  • Magnolias
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Spring bulbs

Get involved

We're a UK charity established to share the best in gardening. We want to enrich everyone's life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.