Garden Re-Leaf ideas from Boyd Douglas-Davies

More than 500 companies have now signed up for Garden Re-Leaf day, to be held on 13 March 2012 as a garden centre industry Comic Relief-type event.

Boyd Douglas Davies speaks about Garden Re-Leaf day at the Garden Retail Awards - image: HW
Boyd Douglas Davies speaks about Garden Re-Leaf day at the Garden Retail Awards - image: HW

Boyd Douglas-Davies launched new initiatives for the event at the Garden Retail awards this week, including a celebrity garden quiz.

For more see Horticulture Week 4 November.

Ideas for Garden Re-Leaf day:

Garden Centres:

  • Invite garden club members and customers to  take part in the Celebrity garden Quiz
  • Staff dress up in themed fancy dress and sell raffle tickets or  run a tombola
  • Cafe: Do a special fundraising lunch  or perhaps a tea and talk
  • Create gardens on a pallet and ask customers to vote for their favourite, with money!
  • Run a Garden in a seed tray competition for kids and the public vote for their favourite by putting coins in a flower pot displayed by the tray
  • Work with local schools to grow the ingredients for their own soup .Serve the soup in the summer and donate the proceeds to Greenfingers.  Or launch a Queens Jubilee growing competition with them (The Sun are working with schools to grow Red, White and blue Fanfare petunias.
  • Have mini- gardening Olympics
  • Auction the boss and a team to spend a day working in a customers garden
  • Run a Staff raffle...to win an extra days holiday

Manufacturers:

  • Decorate the street with sponsored baskets ( Sinclair Horticulture are planning one )
  • Auction a special gardening prize (Gardman are auctioning a Joe Swift garden design )
  • Get your reps and staff out at garden centres to help them raise money
  • Have a staff meeting and challenge them to come up with fun, fundraising ideas.

Nurseries:

  • Host a tea and talk
  • Auction a VIP tour of the nursery
  • Auction the boss and team to spend a day working in a garden
  • Do something fun to grab the PR headlines and raise money too.

Seed/bulb companies:

 

  • Organise mass plantings, go for a record breaking number of seeds or bulbs planted in one day but get them sponsored so you raise money too.

 

For more information about Garden Re-Leaf day see www.gardenreleaf.co.uk


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