Kilver Court Gardens
SHEPTON MALLET, SOMERSET
The visionary design influences of Mulberry founder Roger Saul can now be seen coming to fruition Kilver Court. His unique planting schemes using colour and texture are evident in his newly redesigned 100 metre colourist herbaceous border, formal parterre and subtropical island. This eclectic garden is also home to one of the largest sculptures in the world, a breath-taking 15 metre high Victorian viaduct. Explore the garden nursery which is a treasure trove of garden gifts, plants and tools. In the 100m herbaceous border, the foliage is the predominant feature rather than the bloom, with hundreds of interesting plant varieties featuring tropical Euphorbia Pasteurii, Mediterranean Geranium Maderense and Salvia Leucantha. The retro 1960s rockery comes into its own in the winter months with colourful conifers and Asian acers in hues of burgundy, gold and copper. A tranquil waterfall runs through its centre adding a sense of peace and calm. Inspired by the gardens at the Palace des Invalides in Paris, the formal parterre of box and yew hedging creates an elegant symmetry in the gardens. In contrast to this is a woodland stumpery filled with ferns and surrounded by bluebells, ramsons and snowdrops in the spring.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Some steps & uneven surfaces, uneven narrow bridge in garden
- Facilities: Ramps
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open Apr-Oct, Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4.30; Nov-Mar, daily 10-4.30. Closed 25 Dec & 1 Jan
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About the area
Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.
Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.
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