Dig deep this Releaf Day

BECOMING healthier and happier may be as simple as getting out in the garden or surrounding yourself with colourful indoor plants.

Garden Releaf Day, held on 14 April, is raising awareness of the benefits of plants and gardens on health and wellbeing, as well as raising vital funds for Beyond Blue.

Garden Centres across Australia will come together with ideas, information, inspiration and events to encourage families and individuals of all ages to get into the garden, get planting and enjoy the health benefits.

Among those to participate locally will be Chandler’s Nursery in Sandy Bay and the New Town State Nursery.

Chandler’s Nursery owner Greg Chandler said for the older generation, gardening was a great way to connect with others, strengthen social bonds, reduce social isolation and improve physical and mental wellbeing.

“For young people, gardening provides a wonderful creative outlet that can teach self-sufficiency, patience, nurturing and other valuable life lessons, as well as the opportunity to connect with nature,” he said.

At Chandler’s Nursery there will be plant displays, a tutorial by organic gardening expert David Stephen on composting and worm farming, a sausage sizzle run by the Wellington Rover Crew, a roving magician, competitions and giveaways.

For the children, activities will range from face painting and a colouring corner to balloons and the opportunity to pot a plant to take home.

Fundraising proceeds and five per cent of all sales on the day will be donated to Beyond Blue.

New Town Station Nursery will be focusing on indoor gardening and the benefits of having greenery in homes and office spaces.

There will be demonstrations on potting up indoor companion gardens and terrariums, as well as a raffle for $250 worth of gardening products.

Caption: Garden Releaf Day will be held on 14 April.

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