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

Well that was officially the longest January in all of the Januarys! Even though it can be a difficult month, we had a busy and positive start to 2024 at Thorngrove.
The reopening of our café and the launch of the new menu was a huge highlight for the month – we want to thank everyone who’s been out to see the refurbishments. With improved kitchen facilities, and a better front of house, it really feels like the Secret Garden Café has taken a huge step forward. We’re excited to continue serving you throughout the year! Do stop by and see us if you haven’t yet (the fish and chips are easily my own personal recommendation!).
We’re also delighted to confirm that our community project in December, the ‘Winter Woodland Experience’ – a free festive walk through for the public, designed and built by our students, staff, and day service users – managed to raise £200 via donations. We were raising awareness and funds for Gillingham based SEND youth club Hipp!!Bones. This is a fantastic local project which is utilised by some of our own Employ My Ability students.
Our calendar of events continues to grow! This coming February half term our crafts for children return and tickets are available now. Tracey will be hosting bug-themed sessions on the 12th, 14th, and 16th of this month. Safe for small hands, with a range of craft activities, the workshops are suitable for ages four to 10. They are just a great way to get out and creative this half-term – book via Eventbrite or give the shop a call to book over the phone.

Laura Jackson is hosting two days of decoupage workshops on Sat 10th and Sun 11th Feb. The Sunday session is SOLD OUT so if you’re interested, hurry and book a Saturday spot! No experience is required, and all materials are provided.
If decoupage isn’t your thing, Nina of Green Spiral Willow is joining us on Sunday 17th Feb for a living willow garden sculpture workshop. The perfect sculpture for your own garden, or perhaps as a gift for a loved one. Nina will be hosting various workshops throughout the year – all details can be found on our website.
Looking ahead to March, Mother’s Day is on Sunday 10th and we’ll be offering two or three course roast dinner options in the café. Booking is essential – these days always fill up, so get in touch today for a special lunch for Mum!
Despite being the middle of winter, the Garden Centre has plenty of vibrance on display. February will see more daffodils, hyacinth, iris and tulips making themselves known. With all your gardening essentials ready, and a beautiful range of seasonal plants, we have all you need to hit those garden goals for 2024.
Phew – that’s about it for now; roll on spring!
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