The Flowering Ruin: Nymans

The gardens at Nymans have existed since the late 1800s when Ludwig Messeel brought 600 acres of land overlooking the beautiful High Weald of Sussex. For a long time the garden was a source of great experimentation, with several new hybrids of plants being created within the grounds, including new species of Eucryphia, Magnolia and Forsythia.

In 1915, Ludwig’s son Leonard built a stone manor on the site, but unfortunately the manor did not last long as it suffered a devastating fire in 1947. Today the manor is little more than an empty shell, but fortunately the gardens, now own by the National Trust, are as spectacular as ever.

The empty ruins of Nyman House

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