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beyondblue garden at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show to promote wellbeing

25 March 2015

A wellbeing-themed garden created especially for beyondblue by landscape designer Christian Jenkins has won a medal at the 2015 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (March 25-March 29).

Awards for 2015 were announced this morning, with the beyondblue Wellness Garden taking out a Silver medal in the Show Garden category.

This is the tenth time that Christian has built a garden at the Show, with previous efforts scooping a number of awards, including Most Outstanding Design in 2009 and a range of gold, silver and bronze medals.

The Japanese-inspired garden is designed to encourage behaviour that promotes wellbeing, such as connecting with other people, trying new things, and being psychically active and mindful.

The impressive garden was built in just ten days by Christian and the team at Landscape Design Group, with help from more than 40 beyondblue volunteers.

The volunteers have included beyondblue Speakers and members of beyondblue’s reference group, blueVoices.

The garden is still in the running for a People’s Choice Award, which is based on public votes cast at http://peopleschoice.melbflowershow.com.au/, and announced at the end of the Show.

beyondblue Chairman The Hon. Jeff Kennett AC said beyondblue is grateful to Christian and his team for designing and building a garden which encourages people to reflect on their wellbeing.

“More than 100,000 people are expected to visit the Flower and Garden Show this year, and many of them will see the beyondblue Wellness Garden and be reminded that it is important to look after your mental and physical health," he said.

“This is particularly appropriate as gardening is an activity that can help improve wellbeing through increased exercise, more social interaction with other gardeners and through the satisfaction a person feels as their garden develops.

“We take our hats off to Christian and the Landscape Design Group for bringing this garden to life and winning a Silver medal at the show.”

Landscaper Christian Jenkins said he created the Wellness Garden for beyondblue as he wanted to use the exposure to support a cause he is passionate about.

“I feel strongly about the work beyondblue does to raise awareness of depression and anxiety and encourage people to take action if they, or someone they know, is struggling. This is the first time I have taken part in the Flower and Garden Show in four years, and I wanted to make my return to the Show meaningful by dedicating a garden to beyondblue,” he said.

“The garden has been inspired by Japanese tea gardens, and includes a central lake bordered by a rocky shoreline. Surrounding this are open rolling lawns, stone pathways, rock arrangements and a wooden teahouse.

“The garden is intended to make people feel calm, and encourage them to consider the factors that promote wellness, which are reflected in the design and are explained on the site. “I hope people visiting the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show will check out the Wellness Garden and enjoy a sense of peace when they do.”

Christian Jenkins will be speaking about the beyondblue Wellness Garden each day on site at 11AM and 2PM.

An auction is also underway for a free gardening consultation and design to the value of $4000, which has been kindly donated by Christian. To enter the auction, visit www.bb.org.au/garden-auction.

The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show will run from Wednesday March 25 to Sunday March 29. For more information on the event, visit: www.melbflowershow.com.au

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The wooden teahouse on display in the beyondblue Wellness Garden at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.

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