Seeds for the future

Guildford Garden Centre manager Joanne Harris. |Picture: David Baylis        d452278
Guildford Garden Centre manager Joanne Harris. |Picture: David Baylis        d452278

Ms Harris has raised the most funds nationally for two years in a row for the event Garden Releaf, which was held last weekend to encourage those with depression to get in the garden.

Ms Harris said the Garden Centres Association of Australia focused on how gardens and green space could enrich lives.

“At the Guildford Garden Centre we have embraced the idea that gardens and plants are good for us and we held a weekend of fun family-orientated activities, interactive displays and educational events,” she said.

The event raises funds for beyondblue. Studies have shown that physical and mental health can improve when gardening is completed.

Last year the Guildford Garden Centre raised $4600, with the national figure reaching $70,000.

Ms Harris said the centre set itself a target of $10,000 this year and raised about $6000, more than last year’s total.

“We are still counting the funds but very happy with the support at the weekend,” she said.

“We had people from as far away as Greenmount and Fremantle attend the event.”