The Weekend Australian - Life - - GARDENING - HELEN YOUNG

Gar­den RE­LEAF At in­de­pen­dent gar­den cen­tres across Aus­tralia. Free events. Do­na­tions to Be­yond­blue.gar­den­re­

Pres­i­dent, Gar­den Cen­tres of Aus­tralia

Karen Moad

Gar­den RE­LEAF is all about con­nect­ing peo­ple into the au­tumn gar­den­ing sea­son, pro­mot­ing the ben­e­fits of plants, and recog­nis­ing the link be­tween gar­den­ing and men­tal health and well­be­ing. Our slo­gan is Get Gar­den­ing. Get Healthy. Have Fun.

This week­end, in­de­pen­dent gar­den cen­tres across Aus­tralia are of­fer­ing all sorts of ac­tiv­i­ties for fam­i­lies, to ed­u­cate and en­ter­tain, while rais­ing funds for Be­yond­blue. Af­ter last year’s in­au­gu­ral event we were very proud to present a cheque for $50,000 to the char­ity. The link with Be­yond­blue high­lights the re­lief that plants, gar­dens and con­nect­ing with na­ture can pro­vide for those suf­fer­ing from de­pres­sion and ill health.

The theme is Some­thing Blue. There’ll be blue plants avail­able, and staff will be wear­ing blue clothes, hats and wigs. Blue­berry plants, known for their health­giv­ing prop­er­ties, are part of the pro­mo­tion.

We’re also fo­cus­ing on kale, another su­per­food, which is planted now.

Each par­tic­i­pat­ing gar­den cen­tre has its own events. At our busi­ness, Rivers of Yar­ram­bat in Mel­bourne, we’re hav­ing a cre­ate-your-own-hang­ing-bas­ket work­shop, a blue­berry pie bake-off, guess­ing com­pe­ti­tion, and lots of kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties such as potato stamp­ing and grow­ing car­rot tops.

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