Here comes summer (already?)


It’s June – which means roses! But also that the Thorngrove glasshouses are awash with summer colour. Kelsi-Dean Buck shares some EMA news

EMA students demonstrated amazing planning, teamwork, communication and gardening skills while working on Shaftesbury in Bloom

June is here – and to be six months into 2024 just doesn’t feel possible! Spring appears to have passed us by in the blink of an eye, and now we’re about to welcome summer. Is your garden summer ready? As always, we’re on hand to provide some inspiration to help you make the most of your outside space.
Recent visitors to Thorngrove will have seen our glasshouse has been transformed, and it’s bursting with late spring and early summer colour. Come and lose yourself among the bedding choices – maybe build your own hanging basket or find a new addition (there’s always room for one more).
Of course, with June comes Rose Season. For the next month or so they will be stealing all the attention at Thorngrove. They are among our most popular plants, so if you’re looking to fill some gaps in your garden, don’t delay! Our huge and diverse range of roses mean there’s something for all themes and garden sizes – come and pick up yours today!
Shaftesbury in Bloom
On a community project note, we are absolutely delighted to share insight to the amazing work our Employ My Ability (EMA) students and Adult Social Care day service users did in our continued collaboration with Shaftesbury in Bloom. Together they created 130 troughs, 14 planters, three towers and they also assisted in the installation of these plants around Shaftesbury.
‘We began involving EMA education students and the Adult Social Care team in Shaftesbury in Bloom in 2023, and they did an outstanding job. We received wonderful feedback from the community last year, so we’re back for a second year planting with them. It’s been fantastic to see all the students engaged, both on-site and out in the community,’ says Charlotte from Thorngrove.
When you’re next out and about in Shaftesbury, keep your eyes peeled for our plants and the amazing work by EMA students. They all demonstrated amazing planning, teamwork, communication and gardening skills and we couldn’t be happier with the results! This ongoing collaboration with Shaftesbury allows our students and service users to really see their hard work flourish in the community. It brings immense pride to all involved.
Amazing work, everyone!

If you’re reading this in early June, I’d like to flag up that our sister site, The Walled Garden in Moreton, is hosting a Dog Show on Sunday 9th June. Plants from Thorngrove will be available at the garden shop, and we’ll be raising funds for both Employ My Ability and Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. It’s set to be a huge day of family fun and entertainment where your pooches will be the stars of the show. Visit the website for more details.
Have a brilliant month everyone, and we look forward to seeing you in the garden centre and café here in Gillingham!


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