Planting season is upon us!


There is an air of new season excitement at Thorngrove this month. You can’t keep a good gardener down, no matter how much rain comes their way

Hello, spring… are you here yet?!
Despite the vibrance that’s been on display here at Thorngrove in February (daffodils, hyacinth, anemones and more), a few extended bouts of rain have made it feel like the winter has dragged on a little bit longer than we’d like.
Hopefully you’ve still got some garden goals planned for this year – don’t let the rain hinder your progress! The new season is arriving and we’re on hand to help you make the most of your garden.
Take some time in March to tick something off your list, even if it’s something small – like finally getting the lawn mowed and tidied, or picking out your summer bulbs (planting season is upon us!). Or maybe you’re taking a bigger step and setting about filling a space with new shrubs.
Not only does ticking something off that list feel good (this is actual science!), any small task is another step towards hitting those gardening goals and making your home feel more YOU – plus it’ll give you something to show off to friends and family the next time they visit!

Speaking of family – Mother’s Day is almost here! Sunday 10th March. The Secret Garden Café is almost full for our Mother’s Day menu, but if you’re looking for that special gift, we’ve got you covered. Cristi in the shop put the finishing touches to our Mother’s Day display last week, and the range is beautiful. Whether you’re looking to fill a hamper or just pick-up a small token of appreciation, we’d love to know that we played a small part in treating mum right this year, so do come in and have a browse at the gifts.

More BIG news for us this month, March is the launch of our brand new loyalty scheme! FREE to sign up for, giving you a new loyalty card, allowing you to earn points across all purchases made in the garden centre and the Secret Garden Café, not only here at Thorngrove in Gillingham, but also at our sister site in Moreton, The Walled Garden and the Dovecote Café. Pop in and speak to staff to find out more! As we always say, our connection with the local community is something we continue to make stronger, and we’d love for you to continue to visit us and sign up! (again, it’s FREE!)
Looking ahead to Easter, crafts for children will return with tickets going on sale very soon. Plus Nina from Green Spiral willow is back for another workshop, this time guiding you to the creation of a trio of bird-feeders. Not to be missed! Booking details on our website.
Last but not least, our OPEN DAYS for Employ My Ability are in April (16th and 17th). Find out more about the opportunities we offer young people with SEND. Guided tours of the learning environments available – full details at


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