Garden RELEAF At independent garden centres across Australia. Free events. Donations to Beyondblue.gardenreleaf.com.au
President, Garden Centres of Australia
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.