The garden is owned by the National Trust and set in the Sussex Weald. Views of the rolling Wealden landscape can be seen in one direction and the South Downs in the other. Planted in the 1890s by German émigré, Ludwig Messel, fine collections of magnolias, eucryphias, camellias and rhododenrons can be found plus one of the most comprehensive documented collections of Chilean and Argentinian species cultivated in the British Isles. In the Wild Garden there is a Tasmanian collection. The garden combines the formality of topiary and a rock garden with the informality of sweeping naturalistic planting and drifts of colourful plants.