Things are changing at Nymans Garden, West Sussex

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.

13 thoughts on “Things are changing at Nymans Garden, West Sussex

  1. I have travelled to many countrys in my lifetime and have come to the conclusion that Britain & Ireland are the most beutiful countries in the world, with trees,plants,flowers,bushes,etc,from all over the world and thanks to the Nat trust, who are protecting most of the countryside for us,that is why i am now becoming a volenteer!!


  2. We lived south of London for 2 years, and made a point of going to one of your countries glorious gardens or historic sites every week-end. I’m so glad we have those memories. And it is certainly nice to see some of these places again in your blog.


  3. The poppies do look lovely at the entrance – fancy them being out at this time of year – another plant that is thoroughly confused by the weather.
    Nymans is certainly undergoing serious restoration -it is years since I was there -I’m sure by next summer it will be even more beautiful than it was previously.


  4. I know all these things are necessary – but I think I would have come away feeling a little unsettled and bleak.


    1. It was strange to see a garden so well known to me over the years undergoing such a transformation.


  5. I was there a few weeks back when the long borders were still in full swing. A bit shocking to see them so bare. I love that wild flower border up by the tea-room/shop too!


    1. It was a shock I am sure they have removed more than just the plants I have visited many times and even in the Spring I can’t remember it being so open.


  6. How fortunate you are so close and can follow the changes to this beautiful garden! I agree that too often we overlook the gems nearby our own doorstep. I hope you will keep those of us so far away up to date. I really like that they have reinstated the pond. The setting is wonderful.


  7. I may have told you this already, but one of the reasons I want to visit England is a BBC show that we get here in the States called “Treasures of the Trust”. It’s tours of properties that are kept up by the National Trust. I want to visit every one of them!


  8. This is not something we ordinarily get to see…the garden as it is prepared for winter. I like how they protect the sub-tropicals…very nice. Thanks for sharing this ‘behind the scenes’ look. I suppose those that visit get to see this as well, but I still like seeing it from this perspective.


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