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Please check our website for garden opening times. Please note, our gardens may be temporarily closed at certain times of the year due to weather conditions, so please call ahead for details.
Informative talk available by request, please enquire by phone.
By appointment only
8th May 2016, 15th September 2016
March - October
Rhododendrons, Azaleas, varied rockery plants, Aliums, Roses, Echiums, Gunnera Manicata, parterre
Adults £5; OAPs or group bookings £4.50; Children: 6-16 £2.50; Under 6 yrs FREE ENTRY; Groups £4.50 (adult)
Please note, that due to the historic nature of our site, disabled access is limited.
50ft Charlton Viaduct Millpond and Boating Lake Lakes Reproduction of George Whiteleggs Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winning rockery
Charlton House, Caro B&B, The Pig Nr Bath, Babington House
Mulberry Factory shop
I first slipped through the gates to the Kilver Court gardens nearly 20 years ago. It was as if time had stood still, hidden behind the vast stone textile mills, was an enchanting secret garden.
Walking through the entrance is like stepping into another world and into a peaceful oasis away from modernity. I remain awestruck by the sheer scale of the Charlton Viaduct, yet the intimacy of the gardens below it blend harmoniously against its huge scale. Highlights for me include the reproduction of George Whitelegg's Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winning rockery, the parterre and herbaceous borders I created in 1996 and our organic vegetable garden where we embrace the seed to plate concept in our Sharpham Pantry restaurant. Finally our latest adventure, an island in the lake complete with a ( pink ) flamingo house, tree ferns, Echiums and Gunnera Manicata, giving an almost sub-tropical feel. I am also extremely proud that the garden has been featured on BBC Gardeneru2019s World and Escape to the Country.
Our new Garden Nursery is a treasure trove of the eccentric and the excellent. I have been itching to offer the kind of garden shopping experience that my wife Monty and I enjoy finding specialist plants and seeds that inspire you to go home and get busy; weird and wonderful one-off garden ornaments, plus the best in sensible tools and equipment.
I hope your visit to Kilver Court Gardens and Nursery is as truly inspirational as it was for me on that first occasion.
- Roger Saul, owner and founder
The Gardens were first created by Ernest Jardine as a recreational space for factory workers of Kilver Court in the 1800's and were known as Jardine's Park and Vegetable Gardens, In the 1960's, they were restored and developed by the Showering family of Babycham fame, who commissioned George Whitelegg to recreate his Gold Medal winning Chelsea Flower Show rockery garden within the setting. At the time the garden was a bold and modern design statement. When Roger purchased the site in the mid-1990's, he put his stamp on the gardens by creating a parterre and planting a herbaceous border following the 'colourist' technique.