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‘A Garden…is the Purest of Human Pleasure. It is the Greatest Refreshment to the Spirits of Man’

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)


View from Dovecot over formal garden at Nymans in Sussex
Nymans Garden, Sussex

November, 2019

The Garden of the Month is Nymans Garden in Sussex. Open all year round, the spectacular garden surrounds the house and ruins. From 1597 until the end of the seventeenth century, the land at Nymans was owned by the Gatland family who built a house on the site of the present house. Nymans passed through several hands until 1890 when Ludwig Messel bought the estate, enlarged the house with advice from Ernest George and, influenced by Sir Edmund Loder at Leonardslee and William Robinson at Gravetye, laid out the gardens. After Ludwig’s death in 1916, his son Leonard Messel and his wife rebuilt the house and introduced a wide range of plants from the Himalayas and South America. Much of the house was destroyed by fire in 1947 except for the north-east wing which remained habitable. Their daughter Anne, Countess of Rosse and her husband gave the estate to the National Trust in 1954 although they continued to develop the gardens until their respective deaths.

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