March 2015: Report from Australia

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 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.



Leigh Siebler
Garden Centres of Australia


 Click below for all of the stories from this issue:

Message from the President

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 

Painting Parties Pull People into Garden Centres to Shop in the USA