Friday, 18 July 2014


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Located in the beautiful Sussex Weald Nymans gardens is a gem of a garden.  Currently owned by the National Trust the Nymans estate consists of over 600 acres.  This includes 300 acres of farmland, 275 acres of woodland  and 33 acres of formal gardens.

The Nymans estate was bought by the wealthy German born banker Ludwig Messel in 1890 with the intention of making a dream country house. Together with his head gardener James Comber, Ludwig created a magnificent plants man garden. Of course it helped that James' son Harold Comber was a famous plant hunter and and that Ludwig was so incredibly wealthy that he could afford to fashion the garden with exotic and usual plants collected from plant expeditions from around the world.

They created an outstanding garden with experimental designs and plants from around the world. The gardens were created around the plant expeditions of Kingdom-ward, Forrest, Wilson, Comber and Rock and includes many plants from China, Nepal, Tasmania, Chile, South Africa and New Zealand.

The gardens and house were developed by three generations of the Messel family from 1890s until 1953, when it was donated to the National Trust. In 1947 when the house was tragically destroyed by fire.  The Gothic ruins were left and planted up with clematis, roses and wisteria and now add to the romantic garden style of Nymans.

During the hurricane of 1987 nearly 500 trees were lost in one night.  This caused a big difference in the light levels to the beds and from this disaster came an opportunity to review the planting.  Many areas were redeveloped after this event and the gardens continue to evolve today.

Nymans formal gardens cover approximately 33 acres and is set on the side of a valley partly sheltered by the woods of the Sussex Weald.  The garden is laid out in a series of rooms connected by stone steps or grassy slopes.  The rooms are separated by hedges, walls or trees which provide shelter for the rare and exotic plants for which the garden is renowned.

These picturesque English country gardens include the fabulous June and summer borders, walled garden, rose garden, summer borders, exotic borders, sunk garden, African bed, rock garden, pinetum, wild garden and arboretum.

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