He 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."
The nursery will feature herbaceous, alpine and subtropical plants from specialist plant suppliers and growers. Many of these plants will also be featured in the garden’s newly restored borders. Customers will also be able to browse the shop, stocked with garden tools, antiques, 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 climbers.
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, Saul decided to redesign parts of the garden adding a parterre, a colourist herbaceous border and organic vegetable garden. This year, he will be working with his gardening team to re-plant the herbaceous borders with fresh colour schemes and the rockery.