garden RELEAF 2016 – Saturday April 9 & Sunday April 10
garden RELEAF 2016 is now over. The garden RELEAF party saw events and fun over the weekend. Check the website and see what each participating garden centre did. This website was updated with the events in late February/early March 2016.
Dates for garden RELEAF 2017 will be announced over the next few months.
At Garden Centres of Australia we have been fortunate to be supported by many of the key horticultural media personalities in Australia. They include:
- Johanna Griggs – Better Homes & Gardens
- Graham Ross – Better Homes & Gardens, Radio 2GB & 4BC
- Linda Ross – Radio 2GB and Garden Clinic
- Jane Edmanson – Radio 3AW Melbourne & Gardening Australia ABC
- Michael Keelan – Radio 5aa Adelaide
- Trevor Cochrane – The Garden Gurus magazine & TV
- Sabrina Hahn –Radio ABC 720 Perth, also the West Australian gardening
- Peter Cundall – Radio ABC Tasmania
- Teena Sandford – ABC Radio 105.9 NT
We are delighted to advise that around $70,000 was raised for beyondblue in 2015. We are heading towards that figure again in 2016.
Thank you to everyone involved.
Superfoods & Health & Wellbeing
garden RELEAF will focus on the benefits of plants and gardens to enrich our lives. We have access to research that proves the benefits and we will highlight them.
We will specifically mention Kale and Blueberries as Superfoods. Autumn is Kale time and Blueberries will be readily available too.
Nutritionist, Dr Joanna McMillan is also supporting the event. She said:
“Kale is one of the most nutritious vegies with a powerful mix of carotenoids, many of which can be converted to vitamin A in the body, vitamin C, B6, folate, magnesium and several other minerals. Try adding it to your smoothies, blanching and then using in salads (or you can massage the raw leaves with extra virgin olive oil), tossing into your stir-fries or simply sautéing in a little extra virgin olive oil, garlic and chilli, then season.”
“Blueberries are one of my favourite fruits and I’m always delighted when they’re back in season and more affordable. They are delicious, bursting with vitamin C and a whole bunch of antioxidants, while being low in kilojoules and carbohydrates. When I feel like a mid afternoon snack, one of my favourites is a little dish of blueberries and almonds – it gets me through until dinner.”
garden RELEAF weekend, was held on the weekend of April 8 & 9, 2016 and saw Independent Garden Centres around Australia running fun and informative events to encourage people to get into the garden and get planting. As gardening is good for Health & Wellbeing, we again chose to use the 2016 weekend to support beyondblue. It was a weekend themed around ‘Something Blue’.
Events for 2017 will be added as they are confirmed.
Botanica World Discoveries have provided customers with a chance to enter our Competition and win a $4,950 travel voucher. Entry details in-store from April 1, 2016 at participating garden centres.
The lucky 2016 winner was Mrs Robyn Bunney from Mt Helena, WA. She is a customer of Guildford Town Garden Centre, WA.
The benefits of contact with nature for Health and Wellbeing were demonstrated on this weekend. Customers came along with friends and family and joined in the fun.
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