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Autumn Newsletter 2021

Wow - what happened to the Summer? Before you know it the pumpkins are being picked, the leaves are turning a golden brown and our thoughts start to turn to the festive period.

Here at Meadow Grange we have loads to tell you about with lots of fun stuff to look forward to. The lead up to Christmas is always such a busy time at the Garden Centre but so enjoyable too and we’re sure this year will be no exception.

First up, we have Halloween at the end of the month and as always we have lots of pumpkins and spooky-dorky bits and pieces in stock at Meadow Grange (including some delicious cakes and cookies, so I’m reliably told…..).

pumpkins and spooky-dorky bits and pieces in stock at Meadow Grange near Canterbury

Christmas Turkey Time

Christmas Turkeys at Meadow Grange near Canterbury

If you keep a regular eye on the Meadow Grange Facebook page, you’ll know that we have a proper little festive treat for our customers this year.

We are now taking orders for fabulous Kelly Bronze Turkeys for Christmas - with a wide selection of sizes and weights available.

They reach maturity and are allowed to roam freely, living a happy life with straw bales to climb on and lots of lovely fruit and veggies to pick over as they live life to the fullest.

You can call us with your order - a deposit of £25 to be paid on ordering, full payment on collection. Don't delay - order yours today!!!


Supporting Whitstable & Herne Bay Lions

I know you’ll all be delighted to hear that from 1st December our fabulous festive farm animals will be back at Meadow Grange for the Christmas period putting smiles on faces and helping to raise money this year for the Whitstable and Herne Bay Lions.

If you’ve been to see the festive farm animals before you’ll know they are simply adorable and the kids just love seeing them. Of course we are happy to welcome school visits too if you contact us with some details of when you intend to visit.

In addition to the farm animals this year, on the weekend of the 4th and 5th of December we have a very special visitor coming to see us. From 11am-3pm on both days, Father Christmas will be here greeting visitors and raising money for the Lions.

So why not pop along, to see Santa and the festive animals and pick up your Christmas tree to get yourselves properly into the festive spirit!

Meadow Grange near Canterbury Supporting Whitstable & Herne Bay Lions

Christmas Trees

As we hurtle towards November, the Meadow Grange team are busy getting ready for our deliveries of non-drop, potted and traditional Christmas Trees.

We’re proud to have one of the finest and largest ranges of trees across Kent and we’ll have all different shapes and sizes to suit your home or office. Do keep an eye on our social media pages and we’ll post out when we expect the first delivery.

In addition to our Christmas Trees, this year we have spent lots of time and money in procuring a fabulous new range of stunning Christmas decorations for you to bring some festive cheer to your homes. We hope to start stocking the Meadow Grange shelves from the end of October so it’s definitely worth a visit to see how our purchasing team have been getting on.

And of course, don’t forget we have some fabulous gift ideas for everyone - sure to be the best Christmas ever at Meadow Grange.

Explore more on our Christmas Page
Christmas Trees in stock at Meadow Grange near Canterbury

Christmas Tree Care Tips

Our team at Meadow Grange are always on hand to help out with advise and tips about the plants that we stock and we thought it would be a good idea to offer some top tips for looking after your Christmas Trees this year to make sure they look stunning throughout the festive period, so here goes.

  • If you’re not quite ready to bring your tree indoors then stand it outside somewhere cool and sheltered - you may want to stand it in a bucket of water;
  • When you are ready to bring your tree inside, cut a slice of at least 25mm off the bottom of the trunk to allow the tree to take up water - just like a cut flower;
  • Display your tree in a stand which has a reservoir of water - this will need checking and topping up on a daily basis as a tree can take up over a liter of water per day;
  • Adding Christmas tree food to the water will help to keep the needles fresh;
  • Trees that are in pots will also need checking and watering on a regular basis;
  • Make sure that you stand your tree in a cool place indoors and away from heat sources like fires and radiators as this will cause them to dry out much quicker.

There you have it - our top tips for a beautiful tree this Christmas, if you do have any questions then please don’t hesitate to ask one of the team at Meadow Grange - we’re always ready to help.


New Developments at the Coffee Hut

So after the huge success of our Coffee Hut this year, we have made the decision to give it a little extension. Keep your eyes open for a menu of light bites; paninis, freshly made rolls, hot sausage rolls and pasties, hopefully ready for the Christmas period.

We might even be able to knock up a bacon sandwich or two and some parsnip soup to keep that December chill at bay.


Farm Shop Focus for the Festive Period

As well as delicious Kelly Bronze Turkeys, our farm shop will be stocked with a fabulous assortment of delicious delicacies this Christmas. As you know we try to focus on sourcing the best local produce for you, reducing food miles and bringing you fabulous fresh food from local growers and producers.

We will have a great assortment of different meats from the Butcher of Brogdale, fantastic cheeses and cold meats from Curd and Cure, wonderful wines, beers and fizz from Kent producers and the freshest fruit and veg around, everything you need for that perfect festive feast. Our favourite veggies for this time of year are cauliflowers, cabbages and Kale from Thanet growers


Peter’s Top Tips for Your Autumn Garden

Peter’s Top Tips for Your Autumn Garden

If you keep a regular eye on the Meadow Grange Facebook page, you’ll know that we have a proper little festive treat for our customers this year.

At a loose end over the weekend and not sure what you can do in the garden? Oh don’t worry, there’s always plenty to do to work up an appetite for that Sunday lunch - here’s a few ideas from Peter, the General Manager at Meadow Grange:

  • Make sure you clear dead stems and foliage on the perennial plants in your gardens as they can harbour diseases during the winter;
  • If your compost is ready to use then now can be a good time to spread on the soil to feed next year’s growth and it can also act as a bit of insulation for plant roots from the winter frosts;
  • Great exercise is raking up the leaves that have dropped in your garden - perfect for creating leaf mold to feed next year’s plants.

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Competition Winner

Just wanted to say big congratulations to our September Photo competition winner - Debbie Rigden with her stunning autumn photo walking with her dog Ruby in Thornden Woods.

A big thank you to all the entrants - please do look out for our December photo competition on Facebook.

Competition winner Meadow Grange near Canterbury

Christmas Gift Vouchers

Gift vouchers for Meadow Grange Garden Centre

We’ve had a number of enquiries about gift vouchers for Meadow Grange. We sell and take as payment HTA National Garden Gift Vouchers - please just ask in store.


Top Google Review

Our management team at Meadow Grange read all of your reviews good or bad and we always try to take on recommendations. This was our favourite Google Review from October:

“First class array of flowers, shrubs, grasses, trees etc. that seemed healthy and nourished, so tempting to purchase.

The seasonal Halloween displays so eye catching. Enjoyed tea and cake, although windy, made the most of the dry weather. 3 hours spent here, so therapeutic. Well done to the lovely staff.”

Thank you Jill Elbourn, we’ll make sure the staff are all aware of your kind comments.


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