Kilver Court at Shepton Mallet welcomed the return of flamingos to celebrate the opening of the new garden nursery. Pink Flamingo Island was opened by Viscountess Bath and the founder of Mulberry and Kilver Court, Roger Saul.
The exotic birds were originally introduced to the Mendip garden in the 1950s. Following damage to the garden caused by Storm Frank, Roger Saul is planning an ambitious redesign of the beautiful site.
Roger Saul said: “The new plans reintroduce flamingos to the gardens after more than 50 years. This all marks a very exciting time for Kilver Court where, for the first time, we bridge the gap between our gardens and designer village with our new garden nursery.”
“Just as in the early days of Mulberry I was inspired by the vibrancy of the London fashion scene in the 1970’s, today really is the moment for creative gardening with colour, shape and design very much on the move, in my thinking away from the prairie look of the last few years.”
As well as creating Pink Flamingo Island, this year Roger and his team of gardeners intend to enhance the natural vista of Kilver Court’s gardens with a wild meadow border that naturally draws the eye away from the garden towards the historic viaduct and open countryside behind. By introducing a warmer palette of pinks, mauves and blues, Roger hopes to re-create the natural pastel hues found in summer hedgerows.
Roger explained to LiveMendips how he is particularly drawn to the nursery’s semi-tropical plants, grown in the south west such as Echiums and Agaves. The new nursery, opening over the Easter weekend, stocks a comprehensive range of seeds and traditional country garden favourites such as sweet pea seedlings, David Austen roses, penstemons as well as herbs and shrubs.
Roger is passionate about food and farming and over time he plans to grow food at Kilver Court to supply the two cafes there, which already use his Sharpham Park spelt flour.