Senior Gardener - Kilver Court Garden, Somerset

Overview
Kilver Court Gardens and Nursery form the backdrop to Kilver Court Designer Village and is situated in Shepton Mallet, Somerset. Featured on BBC Gardeners World ( https://youtu.be/whVW-NZ_cus ) and the RHS The Garden magazine, Kilver Court is an RHS Partner Garden.

We are offering you an exciting opportunity to take on the challenge of continuing the development of this exceptionally diverse but intimate 3.5 acre garden. With a history from the 19th century through the 50’s design by a Chelsea Gold Medal winner, to the complete renovation by Roger Saul founder of Mulberry over the last 5 years, the garden includes a unique variety of planting from rockery, herbaceous borders, parterre and kitchen gardens to our mill pond and waterway, all framed by the spectacular, 15m high Victorian Viaduct.  

As well as maintaining to a high standard all aspects of the gardens themselves, you will also be responsible for the external/planted areas surrounding the 5 acre Kilver Court site to the same high quality expected by our customers.

The successful applicant will have experience of herbaceous planting, attention to detail, good knowledge of providing vegetables for the table, organic tendencies, enthusiasm and a desire to learn!


The role:
  • This role is hands on, varied and will require passion and a creative flair backed up by sounds practical knowledge and willingness to be adaptable, flexible and with a 'can do' attitude. The role would be suited for a Senior Gardener looking to expand their knowledge base with the full support and guidance of Roger Saul.
  • You will have one full time Garden Supervior reporting to you but will also be in charge of a small team of volunteers (including the recruitment of others) who will help maintain the gardens, so experience in managing a team is essential.
  • You will be part of the team buying and growing stock for our Garden Nursery, and advising the nursery staff on plant care and maintenance.
  • As a member of the RHS Partner Garden Scheme, our gardens are open to customers throughout the year, therefore previous experience of working in a public garden, engaging with visitors and helping them enjoy their visit is vital.
  • You will liaise with our Head Chef on the planting and supply needs of the two kitchen gardens which supply our restaurant, one at Kilver Court and one at our sister company, Sharpham Park.
  • As a member of the Kilver Court senior team, you will work closely with the Directors, attending site wide management meetings, managing a small budget, and drawing up and updating planting schedules, management plans and project works. With the Garden Supervisor, you will ensure adherence to the ongoing maintenance programme for all machinery, garden infrastructure and tools.
  • Due to the nature of the site, access for machinery is limited so general garden management requires a physical approach.
  • Required - A driver's license, RHS level 3 certificate in practical horticulture, or vocational equivalent, a knowledge of H&S and risk assessment, a chainsaw and spraying license would be an advantage.
  • Remuneration will be dependent on experience.


Please send applications containing a covering letter and CV to administration@kilvercourt.com