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Open Open daily, except 25 Dec and 1 Jan. 1 Apr - 31 Oct, 10am - 5pm (last entry 4pm). Suns, Bank hols, daily 1 Nov-31 Mar, 10am-4.30pm (last entry 3.30pm)

KILVER COURT

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Kilver Street
Shepton Mallet
BA4 5NF

Signed off A37, east of Shepton Mallet.

3.5 acres (1.4ha)

Tel
01749 340410

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Admission

Non-member adult £7.50. Please see website for more details.

RHS members

Jan–Apr & Oct–Dec (excluding NGS and special event days).

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Café
  • Disabled access
  • Disabled facilities
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Guide dogs only
  • Parking
  • Plants for sale
  • Toilets

Features

  • Autumn colour
  • Bog garden
  • Colour themed borders
  • Cottage planting
  • Herbaceous border
  • Japanese garden
  • Pond or lake
  • Rock garden
  • Sub-tropical garden
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Winter garden

About the garden

Owned by
Roger Saul

Hidden in the heart of Somerset is Kilver Court garden ,which is carefully maintained all year round for the public to enjoy. The 3.5 acre garden is set against a 15m high, 19th century viaduct, providing an impressive architectural backdrop to the already stunning garden.

Highlights of our garden include: a reproduction of George Whitelegg's Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winning rockery, parterre, organic vegetable garden, 100m colourist herbaceous border and a mill pond.   

The rockery is a bold and modern design statement – a mature rockery built using sandstone boulders from the Forest of Dean to edge a man-made stream and waterfall. Conifers provide the larger geometric blocks, featuring Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Aurea', mid-green Picea abies 'Albertiana Conica' and the golden columns of Taxus baccata 'Standishii'. 

The parterre is based on the classic French geometric designs found in Les Invalides and is an immaculate example of low box hedging.The spaces within the hedges are filled with Gertrude Jekyll roses. 

The 100 x 5 metre herbaceous border sits behind the viaduct and was inspired by Nori Pope, an influential garden designer whose ‘colourist theory’ focuses on harnessing the full power of colour through design. The foliage is the predominant feature rather than the bloom, with the leaf colour moving seamlessly from yellow and gold through to mid greens, dark greens and chartreuse, to bronze reds and wine purples, finishing with silver blues and white. Hundreds of interesting plant varieties make up the border, including tropical Euphorbia pasteurii, the wonderful new cultivar of Alstroemeria 'Rock’n’Roll' and Mediterranean Silver Leaf Phlomis italica.   

There’s also a Garden Nursery and ‘Wiggly Shed’ shop filled with the eclectic and interesting in garden tools, gifts, indoor plants. Be sure to visit the rest of the Designer Village too for discount designer shopping and delicious local food. 

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Alpines
  • Asters
  • Camellias
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Clematis
  • Conifers
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Dahlias
  • Ferns
  • Grasses
  • Heathers
  • Hellebores
  • Hemerocallis
  • Herbs
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Laburnum
  • Lavender
  • Lilies
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Topiary
  • Vegetables
  • Waterlilies
  • Wildflowers

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