It’s finally jumper season


Don’t hibernate – light the fire, heat the chocolate and stay outside, says Thorngrove’s Kelsi-Dean Buck. And yes, there is such a thing as a free lunch!

Autumn is upon us! I think this might be my favourite time of year. I much prefer being able to wear my favourite jumpers, warm up with a hot chocolate, and feel the leaves crunching under my feet. Many of us often think of our gardens as going into hibernation now, but there’s so much to do to enhance your garden space, maintain vibrancy, and of course plan ahead so your spring garden flourishes!
Now is the time to plant spring-blooming bulbs like tulips, daffodils, and crocuses. The cooler autumn soil is perfect for their establishment. Decorate your garden with pumpkins, gourds, and squashes for a classic autumn feel. Create unique arrangements and even carve some for Halloween – maybe consider an autumn wreath for your door! Install bird feeders and bird baths to attract local wildlife. As the weather gets colder, birds will appreciate a food source in your garden.
Maybe add a fire pit or outdoor fireplace to extend your garden enjoyment into the cooler evenings. Perfect for roasting marshmallows or sipping that hot chocolate … or mulled wine … (yes, it will be here before you know it).
We’ve recently added a stunning range from Smart Garden to the shop, including the most superb plushie pumpkins – do come and have a look! For more garden inspiration and tips be sure to follow us on social media. You’ll often find deals of the week, and plant of the month too. There’s always something to help you make the most of your garden whatever the season.

What else are we up to?
We’ve been filling up the diary with events! We’re delighted to confirm Laura Jackson of Summer Lane will be bringing a Macramé Workshop to us on Saturday 7th October (11am-1pm), and a Decoupage (seasonally themed) workshop on Saturday 11th Nov. Booking for both is open now.
Craft Workshops for Children return this October half term. Bring the little ones to join our crafts-queen Tracey to make some unique seasonal creations (including custom Jam Jar Lanterns!) to take home with you. Safe for little hands, and perfect for the upcoming spookiest time of the year. Booking advised to avoid disappointment.
Full details for all events are on our website (or see our ad in the BV)
I hate to say it but Christmas is around the corner: as I write we’re just working out the final details but we hope to have ‘Breakfast with Santa’ and a GROTTO here at Thorngrove! Keep your eyes on the social media and website for dates and booking.
In the Secret Garden Café our buy one lunch get one FREE offer continues every Tuesday and Thursday – and our new menu should have launched by the time you read this!
OK, that just about covers it … now, where’s that hot chocolate?
See you in the Garden Centre and Café soon!


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