Cranborne Garden Centre re-opened in November under new ownership and, over the past four months the team have been hard at work restoring the walled garden and sourcing new stock for the garden and gift shop. Whilst continuing to specialise in old fashioned roses, the garden centre also offers a wide range of interesting shrubs, topiary, herbaceous and bedding plants. The Gift Shop will appeal to gardeners and non-gardeners alike with an eclectic mix of garden accessories, gifts and homewares.
Planning Consent has been granted for a new multi-functional building on the site and details are being finalised for construction. This building will be used to host pop-up cultural and retail events and for a programme of lectures, workshops and courses on a range of horticultural, culinary and cultural subjects. The building will also be available for private events. In collaboration with local garden designer, Jenny Noscoe, plans have been drawn up to create a stunning new courtyard garden in front of the new building and to re-design the central garden at the site to provide inspiration for gardeners and a tranquil setting in which to soak up the atmosphere. Inspiration for the garden design has been drawn from Cranborne Manor Garden (open to the public every Wednesday from 1st March to 30th September), whilst also bringing a contemporary twist. Work has already started on the garden and visitors will be able to see the garden take shape and bloom over the coming months and years.
Last weekend also sees the launch of a new menu in the Cafe. New chef, Declan Chubb commented ‘we will be serving good honest, tasty dishes, cooked to a high standard and using produce from our new kitchen garden. We will continue to serve our traditional favourites, but are adding new and exciting specials, which will change regularly. As always all the cakes and scones are handmade here at the Garden Centre’ The new kitchen garden has been established, and the early crops of salad are already being served in the cafe. Full details of our new menu can be found on our website.
Three course, set menu suppers, cooked by Declan, will be held in the Cafe once a month from June. These will be priced at £24 per person and customers will be invited to bring their own wine. Diners can enjoy a delicious supper in the beautiful setting of the walled garden. Please ask at the Garden Centre or see the website for details of the menu. Early booking is recommended as places are limited. Please call 01725 517248 to book.
Dates for set menu suppers:
Friday 5th June, Friday 17th July, Friday 7th August
Cranborne Garden Centre have also announced their first programme of events which will be held at the Garden Centre over the coming months:
Plant Hunter, by Christine Stones, garden historian – Tuesday 30th June 6pm
Bee Friendly Gardens by Brigit Strawbridge – Tuesday 14th July 6pm
Behind the Scenes at Chelsea, by Jenny Noscoe – Tuesday 8th September 6pm
Growing Herbs for Health, by Luzia Barclay – Tuesday 20th October 6pm
Gardens of the First World War, by Christine Stones – Tuesday 10th November 6pm
Creative Workshops by The Appleloft
Based locally, The Appleloft makes a range of cushions, lampshades and homewares in quality British Lines. Cranborne Garden Centre will be hosting workshops where you can make your own lampshade or cushion, and enjoy a delicious two course lunch, cooked by our chef, Declan Chubb. Tickets are £65 per person and include all materials along with coffee and homemade cake, and lunch.
Create a lampshade – Thursday 11th June 10.30am – 12.30pm followed by lunch
Create a cushion – Thursday 9th July 10.30am-12.30pm followed by lunch
Cranborne Garden Centre also intends to hold a regular Farmers’ Market at the site, where local producers will be selling specialist produce. Look out for more details to follow shortly.
Owner of Cranborne Garden Centre Claire Whitehead comments “I am extremely proud of what we have achieved over the last four months and the Garden Centre is now well on ite way to being restored to its former glory. But this is just the start! We are very excited by all our future plans and now look forward to bringing them to fruition. We have built a fantastic, dedicated and enthusiastic team of staff and we are able to offer a very personal service, with plenty of specialist advice for customers. We are lucky to be set in such a beautiful walled garden, which provides the perfect setting for the events we have planned. Evenings are magical here, so it is the perfect place to enjoy an evening meal in the summer.”
We are also extremely excited to announce that True Grace, the luxury home fragrance brand, inspired by our roses will shortly be launching a new Cranborne Rose fragrance. True Grace commented ‘True Grace is inspired by the English countryside, its landscape and traditions to make beautiful home fragrance. The chance discovery of a wonderful rose collection at Cranborne Garden Centre was the catalyst to blend our new Cranborne Rose fragrance’ Once launched, Cranborne Rose scented candles will be available for sale at the Garden Centre and in True Grace stockists throughout the country.
Monday – Saturday 9am to 5pm
Sunday – 10am to 5pm
Cranborne Garden Centre
t: 01725 517248