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March 14, 2017

Benalla residents are being urged to get out into the garden as part of an innovative program designed to help people understand the benefits of spending time in a garden can have.

Benalla residents are being urged to get out into the garden as part of an innovative program designed to help people understand the benefits of spending time in a garden can have.

Established in 2014 by Garden Centres Australia, Garden Releaf is an innovative program to help people understand the benefits that; spending time in a garden, being surrounded by living plants and enjoying healthy fresh produce can have on a person’s health and wellbeing.

The program aims to provide the community with ideas and inspiration, information and events through its supporting Independent Garden Centres about how they can get involved with immersing themselves in plants and gardens; whether they are apartment dwellers, city block residents or on the land.

At the Benalla event, there will be a high tea, while a percentage of certain plant sales will be donated to beyondblue.

In 2015 and last year, events across Australia for Garden Releaf raised about $70000 for the charity, Garden Centres Australia president Karen Moad said.

beyondblue chairman Jeff Kennett said he was grateful to the Garden Releaf program for raising money to help individuals and their families who have been affected by depression/anxiety and suicide.

‘‘Gardening may not only improve a person’s physical and mental health, but also can help to reduce stress and anxiety,’’ Mr Kennett said.

●The Garden Releaf day in Benalla will be held on Sunday, March 19, at Green N Grow Garden Centre, 139 Grant Dve, and will focus on the day being declared National Blueberry Day.

At 2pm, there will be a high tea and trivia afternoon, costing $40 ($10 to beyond blue), bookings are essential, phone 57622296.

$1 from each blueberry muffin, $2 from selected blue plants, and $1 from Easy Colour marked flower pack plants will be donated to beyondblue.

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