Shepton's Secret Gardens

Kilver Court is excited to announce that we will be opening our famous Kilver Court Gardens as part of the Shepton Open Gardens event on June 12th 2022, 1pm-5pm.


Shepton Mallet welcomes you to explore just some of its gardens, courtyards and allotments to raise money for Shepton Snowdrops. The money raised will be used to buy more snowdrops bulbs to plant around Shepton Mallet in the autumn.

Whats' On

There’s something for everyone during Shepton Open Gardens - gardeners, fellow allotment holders, even children and families:

  • Special tranquil garden created by volunteers of MIND
  • Sunflower maze, raised vegetable beds and a wellbeing garden created by the children of St Paul’s Junior School
  • Allotment plot growing vegetables, fruit, and wildflowers to attract pollinators
  • Wild and tranquil garden with sloping lawns down to a stream, borders crammed with colour, textures and interesting plants, a pond and water feature
  • Classic walled garden with rose lined path, traditional borders, small wildflower and vegetable zones
  • Garden created during the pandemic by novices on a budget; wildflower planting supporting insects and birds, raised beds, fruit trees and home carpentry
  • Small courtyard garden with textural planting, quirky sculpture and tucked away seating area
  • Small cottage garden; fairy garden in kitchen courtyard and fairy glen with water fountain in main garden.
  • Georgian-style front garden and four more very different secret gardens, including a ruined mill. Climbers, roses, overflowing mixed borders full of colour; garden sculpture.
  • Established hidden garden, sweeping lawns and mature borders set against a backdrop of trees and borrowed landscape.
  • Two year old lockdown project garden; borders replanted on the principle of ‘less is more’; wildflower meadow over the Darshill river mill race.


The gardens will be open from 1-5pm on the afternoon of Sunday 12th June 2022. Booking is essential. A £6 ticket will give entry to all the nineteen gardens; children are free. Coffee, tea and homemade cakes will be available at some gardens. A map showing the location of all nineteen will be sent to visitors once tickets have been booked.

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Shepton Open Gardens