Embrace the rain

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It might be a damp squib of a summer, but Thorngrove’s Secret Garden might be just the treat you need, says Kelsi-Dean Buck

The last days of what little Summer we’ve had are upon us! It’s been an unsettled one, but we’re delighted that so many of you still chose to stop by and see us in the garden centre and café here at Thorngrove in Gillingham. The cyclamen are looking delightful right now in the courtyard and doing their best to steal the show – plus we have plenty of beautiful summer plants such as dahlias, rudbeckias, and hebes – all looking for their new homes with you!
Prep is currently underway for the autumn and winter – yep, even Christmas will be here before you know it (secretly we can’t wait – it’s always a feel-good time of the year!). We’ve got some work happening behind the scenes to hopefully bring a special Christmas event to Thorngrove – stay tuned, but bear with us while we iron out the details.

What’s good this month?
Looking for garden ideas this month? September means the beginning of the autumn season, so it’s a good time to focus on plants that thrive in cooler temperatures and are suited for the transition to winter. Spring bulbs, cool-season vegetables, herbs like parsley, chives, thyme and sage and of course the winter colour stalwarts of pansies and violas. We have a humongous selection of seeds and bulbs – plus all your planting tools and essentials if you’re looking to get started for the new planting season.

Got skills? Want to run a workshop?
Something else which is happening behind the scenes is our new events calendar. We’re currently working with a range of creative local craft people who will be hosting some special workshops and events at Thorngrove in the coming months. We’re keen to really build our calendar for the next 12 months, so consider this a call to action! If you’d like to utilise some of our space, and collaborate with some cross promotions and marketing support from us – please get in touch! Whether you’re looking to host something plant-themed, arts and crafts, or perhaps educational workshops – we want to hear from you!
Connecting with a diverse and creative group of local people in Gillingham and the surrounding communities is one of our top priorities. Let’s talk! – info@thorngrovegardencentre.co.uk

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