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Kilver Street, Shepton Mallet,
Somerset, BA4 5NF

01749 340 410

01749 340 420

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

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.

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Informative talk available by request, please enquire by phone.

Group Appointment: Yes

By appointment only

House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: Yes

8th May 2016, 15th September 2016

Best Times of Year to Visit:

March - October

To see:

Rhododendrons, Azaleas, varied rockery plants, Aliums, Roses, Echiums, Gunnera Manicata, parterre

Admission Prices

Adults £5; OAPs or group bookings £4.50; Children: 6-16 £2.50; Under 6 yrs FREE ENTRY; Groups £4.50 (adult)

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: No
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Please note, that due to the historic nature of our site, disabled access is limited.

Garden Features & Events

50ft Charlton Viaduct Millpond and Boating Lake Lakes Reproduction of George Whiteleggs Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winning rockery

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:


Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Charlton House, Caro B&B, The Pig Nr Bath, Babington House

Inns & Pubs:
Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Mulberry Factory shop

Description of Garden

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

History Of Garden

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.

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