Smash those garden goals!


New year, new developments at Thorngrove: January sees the unveiling of the renovated cafe and a host of garden plans and events

A sneaky peek into the building of Thorngrove’s Winter Woodland experience

2024 is in full swing and we’re not slowing down here at Thorngrove in Gillingham. The garden centre reopened on 3rd Jan, but regular followers may have noticed the café remains closed. Fear not! It’s only for a short while longer as the café undergoes some exciting refurbishments of kitchen facilities and out front of house.
Ben, manager of The Secret Garden Café, had this to say about the upcoming reopening. ‘The team and I have welcomed returning customers, and seen many new faces through 2023, and during that time we always receive lots of fantastic feedback. Our vision is to increase what the café offers, while continuing to provide a relaxing, inviting, and hassle-free setting to catch-up with friends and enjoy our diverse menu. We believe we offer something unique to the area and we can’t wait to welcome people back through the doors of the café when we reopen on Monday 15th January with new changes, and of course, a new menu.’
Be sure to stop by after the 15th to sample the new menu. We look forward to showing off the hard work that’s been happening behind the scenes!
Our café will also continue to function as an environment for our Employ My Ability (EMA) students to gain valuable work experience in a real-world setting. Across EMA, we’re all very excited by the updates coming to the café.
If you stop by this year and enjoy your visit – please do consider dropping us a five star review on Google. In today’s world of online shop windows, it really helps, possibly more than you’d imagine!

Garden plans
Have you set your garden goals for 2024? It’s that time of year when many of us make plans and set our New Year resolutions – but even while much of your garden is lying dormant, you can take this opportunity to sketch out some new ideas and goals for your garden this year. Even if it’s just ‘add a new flower’. Perhaps a fruit tree, or making sure your tools are clean … and of course don’t neglect the wildlife! We have a wonderful range of birdfeeders and bird food that will ensure the promotion of a healthy environment. Nothing beats the sight of a returning robin or the noisy tsurping of a large group of long tailed tits arriving. Make your garden a haven for the birds – across the garden centre, our beautiful selection of seasonal plants are on hand to bring some vibrancy to your home or garden this winter.
With a few January sales in the shop (25% off all houseplants, and 50% off all Christmas decorations), there’s plenty of reasons to stop by and see us this month. Our events calendar continues to grow – visit our website today and check out the ‘Events’ section for news on workshops, crafts for children and more.
We wish everyone a brilliant 2024 ahead, and we look forward to seeing you soon!


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