I visited Nymans Garden, in West Sussex yesterday. It has been over a year since I visited the National Trust garden. It is only half an hour from me, but as happens with most attractions on the doorstep I don’t go as often as I can, or even should. As well as the garden Nymans has some great walks through the woodland area, which has 275 acres of natural woodland with lakes and seasonal wild flowers. The Wildflower borders at the entrance looked wonderful, especially with red poppies dotted through.
The Autumn colour is almost over, I am told that last week it was at its best. However, I was lucky enough to see the amazing Acers which were truly red.
A lot has happened since my last visit and there are changes afoot. As you take the path down towards the Wood you will see the pond has been reinstated, I understand it was there very many years ago but had been filled in.
The beds in the front of the house have been planted with sub-tropical plants. The gardeners have been very busy with fleece, straw and polythene – everything is tightly wrapped up ready for the Winter.
The Historical and Botanic Gardens Bursary Scheme help trainee horticulturists gain further experience by providing placements for them in historic gardens. With their help, at the beginning of this year Nymans started the Garden Rediscovery program.
The Sunken Rock Garden has been almost demolished and redesigned. This is certainly an enormous task to take on and I will come back next year to see how it has taken shape.
Anyone who knows Nymans will be very familiar with the wide herbaceous Summer borders, packed with highly coloured annuals. Walking through this part of the garden seemed odd to see bare borders and no height. Normally when you walk through these borders you are unaware of the garden to either side. I read recently that once the plants are pulled up from this border, green manure is dug in.
There is a lot happening at Nymans, it is exciting to see that the National Trust are supporting their gardeners to undertake challenging restoration work as well as some modernisation. It is good to see gardens moving forward and changing.
Nymans is now open all year round, 7 days a week, apart from over Christmas.