I went to Kilver Court Gardens recently. I had been to the gorgeous farm shop many times for coffee and cake in the wood panelled room with the open wood fire but I’d never been to the gardens.
It was smaller than I expected, very tranquil with a huge disused viaduct running through the middle. Not usual for your average garden huh? Although the main planting is a little bit 70s style (think rockeries, heathers, and conifers of every shape) it’s totally mesmerising with its tiny pathways bridges and water features – and for kids nothing short of garden heaven.
There was also a hidden kitchen garden, tucked away behind some impressively old wooden gates. Although a bit sparse at the time it did sport some Martock Bean seedlings.
The Martock Bean, first mentioned in the middle ages, is a type of small broad bean from Martock in Somerset. It was rediscovered in the Bishop of Bath & Wells’ vegetable garden. The owner of Kilver Court was given six beans and has since grown over 6000 plants. Quite impressive. I just wish they had sold some of the seed in the shop – I would have bought some!
The small herb garden had, I counted, four different types of Chives, including this flat leaf, small flowered version (I don’t know the variety).