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Now open, the latest project from the famous English designer Roger Saul is a stunning new garden nursery at his Kilver Court Designer Village in Somerset. Roger, who is known for being a serious plantsman as evidenced in his Great Lives interview about his hero Gertrude Jekyll, has opened the new nursery and shop adjacent to the 3.5 acre garden which lies at the heart of Kilver Court.

Commenting, Roger Saul said, "I have been itching to offer the kind of garden shopping experience that Monty, my wife and I enjoy - finding a treasure trove of 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.  The garden nursery is a natural link between our extraordinary garden and designer outlet village.  Many of the items sold in the nursery shop will be designer items sold at outlet prices, reflecting the vision I have for Kilver Court and the retailing approach that today's savvy consumer is seeking.  I call it smart shopping with sustainability at its heart".

In the new garden nursery Roger aims to provide a total experience for garden lovers. There is an eclectic mix of the very best herbaceous, alpine and subtropical plants for sale which Roger has found by scouring the country and selecting from specialist plant suppliers and growers.  Many of these plants will also be featured in the garden's newly restored borders and visitors can be inspired by plant combinations, colours and settings.   Customers can also browse the 'Wiggly Shed' shop, stocked with garden tools, collectables, outdoor furniture and garden accessories all personally selected by Roger and Monty, before lunching in the Sharpham Pantry whose seating will spill out under nursery's newly constructed pergulas adorned with scented jasmines and clematis.

The garden, which has appeared on BBC Gardeners' World, is tucked away behind Victorian mill buildings. It is known locally as the Secret Garden of Somerset, and was originally created by industrialist Ernest Jardine in the late 19th Century. Against the backdrop of the Charlton Viaduct, further additions were made in the 1960s by the Showering family under the guidance of the Chelsea gold medallist George Whitelegg. In 1996 Roger decided to redesign parts of the garden adding a parterre, a colourist herbaceous border and organic vegetable garden.  2016 will be a very exciting and busy time in the garden. Roger will be working with his gardening team to re-plant the herbaceous borders with fresh colour schemes and the rockery, long in need of an overhaul, is being edited and added to.  Thanks to Storm Frank and the sad loss of a beautiful willow tree, the lake island is being re-designed and most exciting of all, the border behind the viaduct will be revamped.