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General Notices
  Open Gardens in South East Queensland

FREE GUIDED WALKS - Take advantage of the expertise of volunteer guides by taking one of these free guided walks. Bookings are not required. Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha, 152 Mount Coot-tha Rd, Mount Coot-tha. City Botanic Gardens, Alice St, Brisbane City. Roma Street Parklands, 1 Parkland Boulevard, Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane City. Guided walks of approximately 1 hour duration depart from the visitors centre hub at each location daily at 11am and 1pm (except Sunday and public holidays).

Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, 230 Ashmore Rd, Benowa. Volunteers offer free guided walks on the 1st Sunday and 3rd Wednesday of the month and at other times by prior arrangement. Guided walks for special interest groups are also available for a small fee. Phone 0449 561 674.

Cairns Botanic Gardens, 78-96 Collins Ave, Edge Hill. Free guided walks of 1-1.5hrs duration depart from the Friends House, Monday- Friday at 10am.

Many regional parks and botanic gardens offer self-guided walks that locals and visitors can take at their leisure. Maps and information are available onsite.

Monthly Meetings

Northern Districts Horticultural Society’s Monthly Meetings. If you are a garden lover or gardener and you would like to increase and share your knowledge you would be most welcome to attend the Northern Districts Horticultural Society’s Monthly Meetings held on the last Monday of each month. We meet at the Wavell Heights Community Hall in Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights. Meetings include a Guest Speaker, display and judging of member’s entries of flowers, pot plants, floral art, fruit/veg and cooking. Visitors welcome. Info Noel Prior: ph. (07)33593457 or Elizabeth Jones: ph. (07)32665010


Floral Art Society of Queensland Inc. is a society for those who love flower arranging and floral design. The society & aims to promote participation & enjoyment of Floral Art through floral shows, displays & demonstrations. Meetings are held on the 4th Monday of each Month at 9.30 a.m. at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Auditorium, Mt. Coot-tha Road Toowong. Admission of $7.00 per meeting is payable at the door and a lucky door ticket is issued to each person attending the meeting. Tea and coffee is available before the meeting. Visitors & New Members Welcome! Enquiries: Heather Prior (President) 0412-735-483 more info....  or  email:


Cactus & Succulent Society of Qld Inc. Meetings are held on the last Monday of the month at the Salisbury Senior Citizens Centre, 87 Cripps st, Salisbury. Plant sales commence at 7pm, and the meeting starts at 7.45pm. Competition, Raffle, Lucky Door Prize and a varied and interesting program. Contact Ruth Higgins 0412426823 or Ben Vedelago 0415386936.

The Society For Growing Potted Plants Inc. Meets 2nd Saturday of each month (except January) Time: 1.15pm. Uniting Church Hall, 52 Merthyr Road, New Farm. Affordable plants sales, Plant displays, knowledgeable speakers and afternoon tea. All welcome. For more information contact Maria 0413587491 or Persis (07)33988352

The Stafford Garden Club. The OES Hall, cnr Kitchener Rd and Bohland St, Kedron. The club meets every third Thursday of each month (Feb to Nov). We meet at 9.30am to have a cuppa, to buy from the trade table and to view displays. Our meeting starts at 10 am. Our motto is: “Friendship through Gardening”. Visitors are welcome.

2019 Events by Date
4 July

Free gardening workshops with Annette McFarlane. Gympie Library, 8-14 Mellor St, Gympie 4570. Native Plants for Gympie Gardens (10.00am - 11.30am). Practical Seed Saving (1.30pm - 3.30pm). Please select one workshop only. Bookings essential. Phone 5481 0859 more info...

12,13,14 July

Queensland Garden Expo is a ‘must see’ in 2019 for green thumbs and novice gardeners alike. Held in the Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Nambour from 12th to 14th July, this three day expo is Queensland’s premier gardening event attracting 40,000 + visitors from all over Australia and New Zealand. Some of Australia’s leading gardening experts take part in three days of lectures, demonstrations and workshops. See plants, plants and more plants with over 55 nurseries represented and more than 360 exhibitors. There is a full program of free lectures and demonstrations on eight “live” stages every day covering a vast array of gardening topics. Head to the The Cook’s Garden stage for some great tips on growing your own produce and turning it into delicious gourmet meals. The ‘Giant Kitchen Garden’ features a fully planted sustainable garden constructed onsite, be sure to head there to learn how to start your own veggie patch. Get free help with gardening problems and plant identification from the onsite Plant Clinic and be inspired by the fantastic arrangements in the Floral Design Competition and Landscape Gardens. Annette McFarlane will be speaking on the following days/times at the Expo: Friday 9am Poinciana Stage; 1pm Jacaranda Stage. Saturday 11am Poinciana Stage; 1pm Jacaranda Stage. Sunday 9am Poinciana Stage; 11am Seed Saving Workshop; 1pm Jacaranda Stage  more info...

13,14 July

John Oxley District Orchid Society Inc. Annual Winter Show. Auditorium Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha. Displays of species orchids from around the world, our own native orchids and numerous hybrids. Potting demonstrations daily at 10am and 1pm. Cultural advice all week-end from some of Brisbane’s best orchid growers. Lots of plants and growing accessories available for sale. Brisbane City Council runs a bus service to the venue and there is lots off street parking, plus disabled parking at the front door. Light refreshments and floral arrangement featuring orchids are available at great prices. Open Saturday 8.30am-4pm, Sunday 9am-3pm. Entry $4.00 children under 14 are free.

20 July

Free BCC sustainability workshop - Growing Vegetables at Home with Annette McFarlane. Mt Ommaney Library, 171 Dandenong Rd, Mt Ommaney, 4074. Time: 10am-12noon. Discover how to have succeed with vegetable growing using organic methods. Learn what to plant when and simple organic pest control methods. Bookings essential. Phone 3407 7010 more info...

20 July

Free Sustainable Living Workshop. Corinda Library, 641 Oxley Rd, Corinda. Topic: Growing Orchids. Time: 1pm-2.30pm. Phalaenopsis orchids are among the most popular indoor plants in the world, and with the right care will provide many years of enjoyment. In this seminar, commercial orchid grower David Furness will discuss the origin and background of the Phalaenopsis orchid and share top tips for how to help these stunning plants to thrive. To book a place phone the library on Phone: (07) 3403 8888

20 July

Tillandsia Pop-up Sale. Newmarket State School, 15 Banks Street, Newmarket Qld. Open 9am-12noon. Tillandsias or air plants are one of the more popular bromeliads because of their unique shapes and the fact that they don’t need to be planted in soil to survive. To cater for the growing number of Tillandsia enthusiasts, the Bromeliad Society of Queensland will be having a Tillandsia Pop-Up Sale day. Meet specialist Tillandsia growers from Queensland and interstate who will be on hand to offer advice and information about these types of bromeliads. If you are starting to build your tillandsia collection or have been collecting for many years, don’t miss out on this special event. more info....

4 August

Botanical Bazaar. Country Paradise Parklands, Nerang. Botanical Bazaar is the Gold Coast Garden Festival where naturally wild, urban gardeners and nature lovers connect. The festival is set to educate and inspire nature enthusiasts of all ages. See a huge variety of green exhibitors plus family activities, workshops and educational talks by celebrity gardeners and horticulture experts. Join Annette for her informative presentation "Conquering compost" - How to make a perfect batch every time and have all your gardening questions answered in person. Learn hints and tips about growing your own food, urban and small space gardening, sustainable living concepts, health and medicinal herbs. Explore plant nurseries, garden materials and tools, botanical beauty and health products and botanical home wares. Enjoy a relaxing day amongst the community gardens with live music, delicious food and drinks and don’t forget to check out our Pop Up Garden Bar! Botanical Bazaar is proudly partnering with Rotary Gold Coast who are helping to make this festival a truly community driven day, with profits raised going back into community. Festival Tickets $15.00. Some talks included in entry price and other workshops are ticketed events. Avoid the queues and purchase your ticket online today! more info...  

17-18 August

North Brisbane Orchid Society Annual Show. Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Rd, Toowong. Open Saturday 8.30am-3.30pm and Sunday 8.30am-3pm. There will be a magnificent display of the orchid entries, plants and cultural supplies for sale, potting demonstrations and cultural information from experienced growers, a raffle to be drawn on the Sunday and refreshments available at reasonable prices. Entry is $4.00 for adults and children under 14 are free.

21-25 August

9th Native Orchid Conference & Show. Strathpine Community Centre, 199 Gympie Rd, Strathpine, Qld. The Australasian Native Orchid Society Conference and Show will have the best display of Australasian orchids in flower which should thrill not only the orchid enthusiast but also the general public. ANOS actively promotes the conservation and the preservation of our orchid heritage. Through our show we hope to educate the general public and let you see the wide range of colours, shapes and sizes that exist in our own orchids. Of course the very flashy ‘King Orchid’ will be there but does the public know that there are six different varieties of ‘King Orchids’? As well as the flowering orchids, there will be an orchid photographic exhibition and botanical art exhibition and sales plus orchids and orchid supplies for sale from Australian and overseas vendors ranging from seedlings to orchids in flower. Orchid cultural advice is available. Light meals are available. Free Parking available off Mecklem St. Open 9am-4pm 23/24 August and 9am-1pm 25 August. Admission $5 more info....

23-24 August

Noosa District Orchid & Foliage Society Spring Show. Cooroy Memorial Hall Maple Street Cooroy. Huge plant display, orchid sales, raffles, advice. Open Friday 8.30am-4pm, Saturday 8.30am-2.30pm. $3 entry. Website...

24 August

How to Garden Organically with Annette McFarlane. North Lakes Library, 10 The Corso, North Lakes, 4509. Time: 11am-1pm. Annette McFarlane shows you how to welcome birds and frogs, plus bees and other beneficial insects back by adopting organic gardening methods. Topics covered include composting and organic matter, fertilizer options, organic certification, varieties of fruit, vegetables and herbs to plant, as well as organic pest control. Information is applicable to both productive and ornamental gardens. This workshop is free but booking is essential. Phone 3480 9900.  more info...

24-25 August


Logan and District Orchid Society-Annual Orchid Show, Springwood Road State School, 94-120 Springwood Road Springwood Qld. Orchids for sale as well as Bromeliads, Potting Demonstrations, Light Refreshments Available. Open Sat 8.30am-4pm, Sun 8.30-2pm. Plenty of parking, Wheelchair, bus friendly. $4 entry.

24-25 August

Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibition. Mt Coot-tha Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong. Open 10am-4pm both days. Entry $4. Guided tours of the event 11.30am and 2.30pm daily. Hands on ikebana class 1.30 daily. Tea and coffee for sale. Ikebana containers and related materials for sale from 11.30am daily. more info.... 

25 August

Brisbane Organic Growers Inc (BOGI) Fair. Peace Hall, 102 McDonald Road Windsor. Open 9am-3pm Free entry A great fair to attend for all things organic. Interesting speakers, Plenty of market stall, Things for kids to do, Organic food to eat. A great day out.

31 August

Free BCC Sustainability workshop - Growing Fruit at Home with Annette McFarlane. Sandgate Library, Seymour Street, Town Hall. Time: 1pm-3pm. Learn what fruit is best for backyard growers and container production. Fertilisers, pest control, pruning and more covered in this practical workshop. Bookings essential. Phone 36676066. more info...

7-8 September

Native Plants Queensland Wildflower Spectacle and Plants Market. Auditorium at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Toowong. Glorious display of the diverse native flora of our state as well as features by NPQ branches on the theme 'Colour your garden with Native Plants'. Displays by local environmental and eco groups including bats and frogs; books and useful brochures will be available, and the Brookfield CWA will provide lovely refreshments. There is also the spectacular Plants Market with a huge range of Native Plants for all situations, from rockeries and small containers, to large gardens and natural areas. If you are looking for plants that are popular or rare and unusual, you will find a variety to suit all areas. Expert advice is available direct from the growers on plant selection and care as well as from members of NPQ. Prices are low and many plants can not be found in commercial nurseries, so come and find a favourite or one of Australia's unique plants just right for your needs. Open Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 9am-3pm. Entry $3.

7-8 September

Beaudesert Districts Orchid and Foliage Spring Show. Canungra School of Arts Hall. Plant Sales, Accessory Sales etc. as well as an experienced orchid growing guest speaker on both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Open Saturday 8am-3pm, Sunday 9am-2pm. Adult admission is $4.00 and this allows you to come both days. more info....

7-8 September

Open Garden-Coucals Garden. 8 Belah Street Mount Crosby. Time: 9am-4pm. Cost: $10 gate entry. Refreshments will be available on both days. Plants for sale by various vendors. Supporting the Australian Red Cross (Ipswich Branch). more info....

8 September

Green Heart Fair, Carindale Recreation Reserve, Bedivere St, Carindale 4152. Brisbane's biggest south side sustainability fair. Join Annette McFarlane for one-on-one questions and answers, plus free talks by Annette and other presenters. Pick up your free BCC native plants at the fair. Food, games for children, community groups and sustainable and organic stand holders. Free family fun. Open 8am-2pm.  more info...

20-21 September

The Gold Coast District Orchid Society 2019 Spring Show. Albert Waterways Community Centre, cnr Hooker & Sunshine Blvd Mermaid Waters. This is a judged Orchid and Foliage show. 10 fabulous traders will be selling Orchids., Bromeliads, Cactus, Succulents and growing needs. There will be a members plant sale table and potting demonstrations. Refreshments are available provided by Espresso Xcellence as well as Lucky Draws and Raffles. Admission is $4.00 for Adults and children under 12 are free. The show will be open on Friday from 8am-4.30pm and Saturday from 8am-3pm. The venue is wheel chair friendly with plenty of parking for buses and cars. more info....

21-22 September

Floral Design Show: The Floral Art Society of Queensland are holding their Annual Open Show “Floriferous Forms” at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha. Visitors can enjoy the Floral Designs on display, view design demonstrations throughout both days and watch the fast paced “Ready, Steady Snip” competitions. Children can make their own arrangements for free under the guidance of one of our society members. Cost: $4 for adults (school children are free). Open 9.30am-3.30pm Saturday and Sunday. more info....

21-22 September

Open Garden-Viola’s Patch. 280 Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road, Bahrs Scrub. Neil and Viola are avid gardeners who have opened their garden to the public for charity since the year 2000. Featured on Gardening Australia in 2015, thousands have come through the front gates and experience a beautiful hidden paradise. For those who return every year 2019 will hold some new horticultural surprises. Quota Beenleigh the beneficiaries of the opening hope the crowd will come again this year to spend the day roaming at leisure or be a part of a guided walk with Viola. There are propagating demonstrations, guided walks, refreshments and Children are welcome. Entry: $8 adults, under 18 free. Open 10am-4pm. more info....

28-29 September

Bromeliad Extravaganza. Wavell Heights Community Hall, 175 Edinburgh Castle Road. Wavell Heights, Brisbane. Huge bromeliad sales. Open Saturday 8am-3pm, Sun 9am-1pm. Free entry. Ample parking

28-29 September

Wondai Spring Garden Expo. Wondai Sportsground and Lions Pavilion Bunya Highway, Wondai. Horticultural & Photography Show. Quality stalls of all descriptions for garden and home. Guest Speaker Kate Wall. Entertainment by popular Country & Western Artist Graham Jensen. Open 8am-4.30pm Saturday, 8am-1pm Sunday. Entry $5 per person per day, $8 for two-day ticket. Children free when accompanied by an adult.

29 September

Free BCC Sustainability workshop. Clever Composting with Annette McFarlane. Garden City Library, Level R4, Westfield Garden City, Cnr Kessels & Logan Rd, Upper Mt Gravatt, 4122. Annette McFarlane explains the principles of composting and demonstrates various methods. There will be time for answers to your composting questions. Bookings essential. Phone 3403 7745.  more info...

12 October

Cardwell Coast Guard Annual Desert Rose & Tropical Plant Expo. Lot 1 Victoria Street, Cardwell. Commencing at 9am and running until approximately 1pm.

12-13 October

Queensland Orchid Society Inc Spring Orchid Show. Belmont Shooting Complex 1485 Old Cleveland Road Belmont. Beautiful flowering orchids on display. Plants for sale, excellent variety of species and hybrids. Plant Minding Area. Floral Art and Orchid accessories on sale. Potting Demonstrations. Light refreshment available. Entry $4.00 Children Free. Supporting Queensland Children Hospital. Open Saturday 8:30am-3:30pm, Sunday 8:30am-3pm. more info....

16 October

How to Garden Organically with Annette McFarlane. Redcliffe Library, 476 Oxley Ave, Redcliffe 4020. Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm. Annette McFarlane shows you how to welcome birds and frogs, plus bees and other beneficial insects back by adopting organic gardening methods. Topics covered include composting and organic matter, fertilizer options, organic certification, varieties of fruit, vegetables and herbs to plant, as well as organic pest control. Information is applicable to both productive and ornamental gardens. This workshop is free but booking is essential. Phone 3283 0311.  more info...

2-3 November

North Moreton Qld Orchid Council Inc Summer Orchid Show. The Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Toowong. See beautiful orchids of many varieties on both sales and competition tables. Get cultural advice on your purchases. Repotting demonstrations held throughout the show to teach some of the basics of orchid care. Buy all your orchid growing needs at the trade tables. Sale of assorted crafts by "Be Uplifted" breast cancer support group. Light refreshments for sale. Open Sat 8.30am-3.30pm, Sun 8.30am-3pm. Entry: Adults $4, Children under 14 years free. Public transport available, see TransLink website. Free parking onsite. more info....

2-12 November

Floressence 2019. Metcalfe Gallery, Brisbane Institute of Art, 41 Grafton St, Albion. Open 10am-4pm daily. Free entry. An exhibition of contemporary botanical art by members of the Botanical Artists’ Society of Queensland. The exhibition will feature artists demonstrating at the exhibition and displays by Robyn Bauer Artist-in-Residence at the Brisbane Botanical Gardens ad Nicole Crosswell, Illustrator Queensland Herbarium. Join us for the opening by Helen Cole, Honorary Librarian, Queensland Herbarium on Saturday 2 November at 5pm. RSVP by 21 October to Dr Nita C. Lester Phone 07 5445 7182 or email....  more info.... 

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