Vol. 7, Issue 1  |  March 2015

 

Garden RELEAF a Winner for Australian Garden Centres

By Leigh Siebler

As I write this report I am looking forward with great anticipation to our garden RELEAF promotion on March 7 & 8. This is year one for us and we have over 100 garden centres and suppliers involved.

I must say a very big thank you to Boyd Douglas-Davies from Hillview Garden Centres in the UK. Boyd initiated the program in the UK and has offered us magnificent support. I commend the program to any country.  We have run it slightly differently by linking with the charity beyondblue and promoting the Health & Wellbeing benefits of plants and gardens. However we have followed Boyd’s three main objectives being:

•To have a fun filled weekend in participating garden centres around Australia
• To get people gardening
• To raise funds for a charity being beyondblue

Most participants have embraced the concept and are running creative and wonderful events over the weekend. Have a look at www.gardenreleaf.com.au and look at the events listed – some of them are amazing. ‘Something Blue’ is our theme.  This program has motivated, united, enthused and inspired garden centres to think outside the square and prepare for a big weekend and month. Big call? Fingers crossed.

We have had very good media support and are already planning for 2016. The link with a charity and fund raising has been a huge help in getting media coverage.

Photos in this article were taken before the event.

 

 

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Update from the IGCA Office

Spring is coming in Canada

 

New Year in Czech Republic

Only 5 months to go - News from Denmark

Retail Sales 2014: VAT in the Spotlight in France

 

Hello from Germany!

Update from Ireland

News From Italy

Update from Japan

 

Insider Tip: Save the Dates for 2016

IGCA Meeting in Beautiful Switzerland

 

News from the UK 

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