Garden Releaf raising funds for beyondblue


Guildford Town Garden Centre, Joanne Harris prepares for  the weekend event at her nursery. David Baylis d452278
Guildford Town Garden Centre, Joanne Harris prepares for the weekend event at her nursery. David Baylis d452278

SHOWING support for beyondblue this year is Guildford Garden Centre and its manager Joanne Harris.

Ms Harris raised the most funds nationally last year for the event, Garden Releaf, to be held on April 9 and 10 to encourage those with depression to get out in the garden and weed and plant.

Studies have proven that physical and mental health can improve when gardening is completed.

Ms Harris said the Garden Centres Association of Australia focuses on how gardens and green space can enrich our lives.

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

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

Garden Releaf offers gardeners the opportunity to have fun and show their support for the organisation at the same time.

Ms Harris said it’s not only our environment that gets a boost when gardeners get out and roll up their sleeves.

With this year’s theme of Something Blue, there will be a wide range of blue plants available in store, including blueberries and kale, both known for their life-enhancing properties.

Gardening can be as simple as growing a few herbs on your kitchen windowsill, or succulents in your garden.

Come along to the garden Releaf weekend, enjoy the festivities with family and friends and help raise funds for beyondblue.

Last year the Guildford Garden Centre raised $4,600 with the national figure on $70,000.

This year she has set the target at $10,000.

Ms Harris said she hopes to top last years figure and raise the highest amount of money nationally for the second year in a row.

Go to Garden Leaf for more.