Here comes the colour …

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The Thorngrove team are loving the seasonal rush of colour, and they’re ready to help you make the most of your garden says Kelsi-Dean Buck

The April showers have been keeping us on our toes; along with some last bits of chilly weather it’s sometimes been feeling like spring has struggled to get a foothold this season! When it’s been good, though, wow has it been good! We mentioned last month how nice it is to be properly back into gardening mode and that feeling definitely continues as we move into May.
The spring colours have been really bringing the courtyard to life here at Thorngrove; we’re loving the geraniums, phlox, tulips and there’s also a range of bedding and basket plants in the form of petunias and more! We’ve been sharing some lovely photos and video on our social media so do come and give our pages on Facebook and Instagram a follow if you haven’t already.
Our plant of the month for April was the lupins and these should be flowering very soon … along with the roses! The glasshouses are currently full of vegetable plants for your own veg garden – carrots, shallots, onions and such. Plus we have ready-made baskets, pots, troughs, garden ornaments and more instant spring garden additions.

Open Day
Coming up in May here at Thorngrove – outside of the seasonal plants – we’re turning our attention to our Employ My Ability Open Days which will be taking place on the 16th and 17th of May. As many of our visitors will known, our garden centre also operates as a campus for young people with special educational needs and disabilities who study and gain valuable work experience here on site. Many of our students have become recognisable as a key part of the teams in our café, and garden centre shop. If you, or anyone you know, might benefit from a first hand look at the opportunities we offer, please do get in touch, or spread the word. We’ve love to welcome you on our open days and show you what EMA is all about.

May half term
The ever-popular Children’s Crafts Days will return for May half term – keep an eye on our website and social media for full details on that. We’re open every bank holiday, and there’s always someone on hand to help you make the most of your garden space. Of course, The Secret Garden Café is waiting to serve you, too. The perfect stop in Gillingham this May.
See you all soon!

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