Chance to unleash creativity and tastebuds at Swindon garden centre

By Barrie Hudson - 5 April 2024

BusinessHome and Garden

Dobbies’ garden centre in Swindon's Hyde Road has unveiled its Afternoon Tea and Planting Experience.

It is inviting plant enthusiasts and foodies alike, and will give each a planter worth £30, created during the event, to take home.
Running on Saturdays 13 and 20 April at 3pm, the 90-minute sessions are billed as combining the joy of hands-on creativity with the indulgence of a delicious afternoon tea.
Guests in Swindon can enjoy three tiers of sweet and savoury delights accompanied by unlimited tea and coffee refills, and the opton to upgrade the drink to a latte, cappuccino, mocha, hot chocolate or speciality tea at a small additional cost.
The first tier will include a variety of freshly made finger sandwiches such as smoked salmon and cream cheese, egg mayonnaise and watercress and ham, rocket and wholegrain mustard.
The second tier will include Dobbies' own scones, served with Cornish clotted cream and a pot of jam, and the third will feature an array of sweet treats, including a rainbow meringue kiss and lemon mousse.
There will then be an interactive workshop led by a member of Dobbies' gardening team, with top tips and advice on how to plant up a container from scratch.
Each and each attendee will have the chance to plant up their own, with a terracotta pot, seasonal bedding plants, ivies and heathers.
Adam Veysey, Dobbies’ Head of Food Development, said: “We’ve only just launched our brand new afernoon tea options and it’s fantastic that we’re able to offer this with an exclusive and new planting event for our customers in Swindon.
“We love creating a vibrant community at Dobbies where people of all ages and experiences can come together to give gardening a go, and having afternoon tea with a planting experience is the ideal combination.
"Whether you're a seasoned gardener or a beginner, everyone is welcome.”
Tickets for this new Afternoon Tea and Planting Experience are priced at £40 per person with the planter valued at £30. 

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