The competition to win an on-site appearance by ITV gardener David Domoney during Garden Re-Leaf weekend, has been won by Millbrook Garden Centre’s Gravesend branch.
In support of Garden Re-Leaf Day (14 March), Domoney offered a day of free, 30-minute expert talks on 16 March to the garden centre that had the best ideas for optimising his visit.
Millbrook’s concept aimed to link his presence with its on-site wildlife area and a project to inspire local children in gardening.
Manager Matthew Upton said: "We were thrilled to win the visit from David. The competition has been the springboard to lots of ideas for attracting customers and boosting our Garden Re-Leaf Day fund-raising, as well as engaging with local young people. We will also be able to showcase our newly revamped wildlife area here, which includes a wildflower meadow, bird hide and even an insect hotel."
Domoney said: "I’m delighted to be joining forces with Millbrook Garden Centre to raise money for Garden Re-Leaf Day. I was particularly impressed by the idea to involve local schoolchildren in the charity fundraising. I can’t wait to see their ideas for garden plants and features. The focus on attracting wildlife is also important, because gardening is about so much more than just plants."
Garden Re-Leaf Day’s founder and Hillview Garden Centre chief executive Boyd Douglas-Davies reminded garden retailers that there is still time for them to participate in Garden Re-Leaf Day, by registering on www.gardenreleaf.co.uk.
Since 2012 Garden Re-Leaf Day participants have raised more than £116,000 for the cause enabling several life-enhancing hospice gardens to be created.