Citywide recently had the pleasure of setting up an exhibition at this year’s Family Life Garden Open day. The event showcases luscious private gardens that adorn the coastal suburb of Brighton.
Citywide’s Bayside Nursery
team members Jules Shepherd and Noni Dowling were ambassadors for the day, handing out complimentary plants to fauna enthusiasts.
Through the generosity of the hosts, the open gardens gave people the opportunity to peer over the fence and take in some wonderful treats including a hearty BBQ, provided by one of the hosts.
Event organisers were thrilled to announce the day successfully raised $35,000 for the non-for-profit organisation, Family Life, who help vulnerable children and their families.
With the money, Family Life can continue vital projects such as Community Bubs, which helps babies to thrive and live safely in the care of their own families and SHINE children’s mental health program. Other initiatives include community run op-shops and pathway vocational programs will also benefit from the fundraising efforts.
“The Open Day couldn’t happen without the generosity of the volunteers, garden hosts and the community who look forward to this unique event,” Family Life’s Co-founder Pauline Reynolds said.
Citywide is honoured to have been given the opportunity to support such a fantastic fundraising initiative creating better life situations of so many and will continue to strengthen the partnership with Family Life and the local Bayside community.
The event was spawned in 2002, when avid gardeners Pauline Reynolds, Paula Judson and Margie Thompson decided to raise money for Family Life by holding an Open Garden Day, showcasing five gardens, including their own, and encouraging a family-friendly event.
The first event raised over $5000, off the back of their success the women replicated the winning formula in other suburbs such as Beaumaris, Hampton and Sandringham.
While the essence of the day remains, the event has grown to include local sponsorships, over 100 people volunteering each year and vintage cars donated as transportation for the day, with a continued focus on sustainability, community development and the environment.