garden RELEAF 2017 – Sunday March 19th
8:41 am | October 13, 2016

garden RELEAF day 2017 will be Sunday March 19 although many garden centres will run garden RELEAF fun and events over the whole weekend. Check the website for specific information on each centre in early February 2017. www.gardenreleaf.com.au
At Garden Centres of Australia, GCA, 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
Sophie Thomson – Gardening Australia ABC & Sunday Mail SA
Trevor Cochrane – The Garden Gurus magazine & TV
Sabrina Hahn –Radio ABC 720 Perth & 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 and again in 2016. Thank you to everyone involved.

National Blueberry Day – March 19, 2017
garden RELEAF will again 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 promote Blueberries as a proven Superfood and have declared March 19, 2017 as National Blueberry Day.
Nutritionist, Dr Joanna McMillan is also supporting the event. She said:

“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.”

As garden is good for Health & Wellbeing, we have again chosen to use the 2017 weekend to support beyondblue. It will be a weekend themed around ‘Something Blue’.
Events for 2017 will be added to the web site as they are confirmed.
The benefits of plants & garden for Health and Wellbeing are constantly proven. Have a look at www.gardenreleaf.com.au and click on the Benefits of Plants & Gardens for information.
If you are a gardener looking for an update on garden RELEAF then please join us on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/GardenCentresAssociationAustralia
If you are a garden centre and wish to participate in garden RELEAF then please contact the GCA Manager Leigh Siebler at leigh.siebler@bigpond.com, or 0409 889 779.
We also acknowledge the support of many key suppliers to our garden centres. They are listed on our web site.