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Nyman's Garden

The story of Nymans Garden

Historic Nymans Garden is one of the National Trust's premium gardens with the 20-hectare garden and the 111 hectares of forest home to many rare and important plants. The history of the garden goes back to the year 1880, when the plant lover Ludwig Messel acquired the beautiful estate for his family as a retreat from the urban jungle amidst beautiful nature. Three generations of the Messel family created this typically English garden with a range of experimental designs. In the 1920s, a fire destroyed parts of the mansion, which still today bear witness to the destruction. The estate also survived a hurricane that raged in 1987 and felled 487 trees.

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Explore Nyman's Garden

At any time of the year, Nyman's Garden is at its best thanks to the rich flora. In spring, the ancient forests are covered by a sea of bluebells. The former borders and wildflower meadows bloom in summer in a single color splendor. The Baumgarten in the autumn at harvest time in rich yellow and fiery orange tones. And even in winter, snowdrops, camellias and the scent of daphne shoot out. Enjoy the countless panoramas on a long walk and you can also visit the time-honored manor house. Let the tasteful interior, as Countess Anne Messel once left it, take you back in time on a guided tour.

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Visitor Information

Handcross, at Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6EB

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