Can we trade April showers for April sunshine, please?

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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

No matter what the weather reporter on the telly has been saying, spring is in fact well underway. It’s been wonderful to see more of you walking through our doors at Thorngrove as we all start to once again take notice of our gardens. Brighter evenings and warmer weather are on their way – meaning spending time in the garden without getting rained on is once again a feasible reality … for the most part! How’s your own space looking?

It can’t rain forever
It’s difficult to not let the weather get you down, but as we always say, we bring the vibrancy all year around here at the garden centre. There are many beautiful plants in flower right now, and plenty more to come as we move deeper into the season, so if you’re looking to add some instant interest, then stop by and discover something beautiful.
Our plant of the month will be Achillea, a traditional perennial perfect for borders. Don’t forget, now is really your last chance to be planting summer bulbs, so if you’re setting those garden goals and wanting to make the most of summer gatherings and BBQ plans with plants you’ve grown yourself, don’t delay!

What’s on this month
The rain hasn’t been kind to many local events either, and we share the frustration shown by event organisers who had to postpone the Spring County Show due to take place this month. We’re very happy to say that our partner site in Moreton is still due to have it’s own Spring Plant Fair on Saturday 20th April, so if you’re looking for a flower-filled day out, please do pop down! Perfect for pro-gardeners, at home hobbyists, or families looking for a day of fun, our diverse site at The Walled Garden also boasts five acres of formal gardens, an on site café, play park, and animals – including pygmy goats! Early bird entry is bookable now at just £3.50 a ticket, or £5 entry on the day – and under 16s are free!
There’s also still time to join for our Easter Crafts right here in Gillingham, which take place on Mon 8th, Wed 10th, and Fri 12th April. Seasonal crafts for children, including pot decorating and flower planting, plus we have a very special BUG EXPERIENCE for one day only, also on the 10th April. Meet Exotic bugs with our Bug Expert in this exciting and educational experience.
Our loyalty scheme launched in March and is now the best way to access special offers, and earn points for returning customers across the garden centre, and café, both here at Thorngrove, and at The Walled Garden in Moreton. Full details on our website, or just speak to a member of staff.
Employ My Ability Open Days also take place this month. Visit either our Moreton or Gillingham campus to see first hand the services and facilities, meet staff, and find out about the opportunities we offer young people with SEND. Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th April. Details on our website.

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