Cranborne Garden Centre announces summer events


Cranborne Garden Centre has announced its schedule of events for the summer 2015 season.

As detailed in its launch plans, the garden Ccntre will host a wide range of events and activities for visitors, including set menu suppers in the caf?, creative workshops and informative talks.

The garden centre will act as hub of inspiration offering ideas on gardening, growing vegetables, designing gardens, historical plants and much more.

Events at the Garden Centre for the upcoming months are as follows:?

Set Menu Suppers in the Caf? (?24pp)

The Caf? at Cranborne Garden Centre offers a Set Menu Supper which includes three courses by Chef Declan Chubb.? We encourage guests to bring their own wine and enjoy a stroll around the garden centre as the sun sets and before the evening begins.? Booking is essential as spaces are limited.

The next Set Menu Supper will take place on Friday June 5 at 7.30pm:


Asparagus with an egg and Parma Ham crisps (v)

Salmon gravadlax, beetroot slaw and vodka cr?me fraiche


Summer lamb shoulder, pea fricassee served with mint and caper red wine jus.

Summer pea and mint risotto (v)


Strawberries and Cream

Clotted cream, lavender and honey panna cotta and prosecco strawberries

Future Set Menu Suppers will take place on the following dates:? Friday July 17, Friday August 7 ? both at 7.30pm.? The planned menus for the July and August dates will be available nearer the time either on the Cranborne Garden Centre Website or in the Caf? and Gift Shop.

Evening Talks in the Caf? at Cranborne

The team at Cranborne Garden Centre has arranged for a selection of experts to present Evening Talks, over the coming months which will be held at 6pm in the Cafe.? With topics covering gardening, the environment, natural health and history there is something for everyone.? Tickets cost ?10.

Plant Hunters by Christine Stones, garden historian – Tues June 30 6pm

Bee Friendly Gardens by Brigit Strawbridge – Tues July 14 6pm

Behind The Scenes at Chelsea by Jenny Noscoe, garden designer – Tues Sept 8 6pm

Growing Herbs for Health by Luzia Barclay – Tues Oct 20 6pm

Gardens of the First World War by Christine Stones – Tues Nov 10 6pm

Creative Workshops

Cranborne Garden Centre will also host to a range of Creative Workshops led by The Appleloft.

The Appleloft is a local Dorset producer which creates beautiful homeware products using quality British linens.

The Appleloft run a range of courses and the first two will focus on lampshades and cushions.? The workshops will include all materials, coffee and homemade cake, and a two course lunch cooked by Chef Declan Chubb.

Lampshade Workshop ? create a 12? drum lampshade using quality British linens ? Thurs 11th June 10.30am ? 12.30pm followed by lunch

Cushion Workshop ? create a 16? square cushion using quality British linens ? Thurs 9th July 10.30am ? 12.30pm followed by lunch.

Tickets ?65, places are limited and therefore early booking is advised.

Set in the picturesque former walled kitchen garden of Cranborne Manor the garden centre stocks a wonderful selection of homewares, gifts and gardening accessories in the gift shop, and a wide variety of roses, herbaceous and bedding plants, and shrubs.

Claire Whitehead, co-owner of Cranborne Garden Centre and Cranborne resident, said: ?We are excited to be announcing our first programme of special events here at the garden centre.

?We have such a beautiful location and it is particularly stunning on summer evenings, watching the sun go down.

?We are very much looking forward to working with all these different experts, who are very keen to be involved with what we are doing here.

?There is so much more to Cranborne Garden Centre than your traditional garden retail outlet.

?Customers come to the Garden Centre for expert advice, inspiration and a unique experience, the events that we will run will help to enrich this experience.?

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