One of the National Trust’s most treasured gardens, Nymans is a garden for all seasons, with rare and unusual plant collections, set around a romantic house and partial ruins. The comfortable yet elegant house reflects the personalities and stories of the talented Messel family, from theatre designer Oliver Messel to photographer the 1st Lord Snowdon. In spring see blossom and a profusion of bulbs in addition to a stunning collection of magnolias, azaleas and rhododendrons. The Rose Garden, inspired by Maud Messel’s 1920s design, is scented by hints of old fashioned roses. Dramatic shows of vibrant native tree colour in autumn precede winter’s structural form, with pockets of perfumed Daphne throughout the garden.
Discover hidden corners through stone archways, walk along tree-lined avenues while surrounded by the lush countryside of the Sussex Weald. The adjoining woodland, with lake and bird hides, has plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife. Make time on your visit to enjoy afternoon tea and cake in the café, or sit outside in the tea garden. Browse in the shop and garden centre, where you’ll find everything from plants and garden furniture to tools and equipment. Guided tours and walks will be available once restrictions have lifted. On a tour find out how the Messel family created one of the most outstanding twentieth century gardens in the country.
Please visit in-line with current restrictions, and visit their website before visiting to ensure they are open.
Location & details
Nymans, Staplefield Road, Handcross, Nr Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6EB