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Annette McFarlane every Saturday
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Selection of Gardening Talkback
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Upcoming Events, South East Qld, Australia &
New Zealand-Major Garden and Flower Shows
Open Gardens in South East Queensland
FREE GUIDED WALKS
- The Brisbane Botanic Gardens’ Volunteer Guides offer FREE guided
walking tours of the City Botanic Gardens and the Brisbane Botanic
Gardens Mt Coot-tha. Walks are available daily at 11am and 1pm (except
Sunday and public holidays). BOOKINGS are NOT required for these walks
but bookings can be made for large groups or groups with a special
interest by calling (07) 3403 2535 (Mt Coot-tha) or (07) 3403 0666
FREE MINI-BUS TOURS -
Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha. Mondays and Thursdays. Enjoy a
relaxing and informative tour featuring the Temperate Zone, Exotic
Rainforest, Australian Plant Communities and Gardens highlights.
Recorded commentary by Curator, Ross McKinnon. Pick up point: 10.45am
Information Centre at main entrance. Return point: 11.15am Information
Centre. For more information or to book a customised group tour, please
phone the Gardens on 3403 2535.
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)
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
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 displys, knowledgeable
speakers and afternoon tea. All welcome. For further
information contact the Secretary-Ann McFadyen Ph:07
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
2017 Events by Date|
“Night Viewing”. Taman Air” by René
Hundscheidt (Balinese for water garden). 12 Furorie
Street, Sunnybank Hills, Qld. Taman Air is a delightful
Balinese inspired tropical garden with many water
features, ponds and pavilions which are accessed by
stone paths and meandering boardwalks which lead you
into various garden rooms. Many species of palms can be
seen along with bromeliads, crotons, crows nests and
much, much, more. Open 7 pm to 9 pm. Entry $8
Begonia Society Inc. Annual Begonia Show at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
Auditorium. There will be a colourful display of plants, with hundreds of
varieties of begonias on show and for sale, and including a plant workshop.
Demonstration workshop by the President a very experienced grower, Mrs.
Carmel Browne, at 11.30 AM. Open 9am-4pm. Admission is $4.
Sustainable Living Workshop.
Westfield Carindale Shopping Centre, 1151 Creek Road,
Topic: Growing Fruit and Vegetables at Home.
Time: 1pm-3pm. Would you like to grow vegetables, but
you're not sure where to start? Do you long to pick your
own fresh lemons or limes straight from the garden?
Whether your garden is on a balcony or in an enormous
backyard, this workshop will provide all the information
you need to grow a productive garden. Presented by ABC
Radio gardening presenter, Annette McFarlane. Bookings
essential. To book a place phone the library on Ph: 07
Northern Districts Horticultural Society Inc. Colour
on Parade Annual Show. Wavell Heights Community Hall,
Edinburgh Castle Road Wavell Heights. The show will
feature dahlias as well as floral art, roses, pot
plants, cut flowers, and orchids. There will be
competitive entries for all these sections, which will
attract local exhibitors as well as exhibitors from
Ipswich, Stanthorpe, Byron Bay, Caboolture, etc. Open
Saturday 12noon - 3.30pm and Sunday 9am -3.30pm. Potted
plants will be on sale. Homemade morning and afternoon
teas available for visitors. Admission $3
Beaudesert District Orchid and Foliage Society
Autumn Show for Orchids and Foliage Plants. Canungra
School of Arts Hall, Pine Street, Canungra. There will
be orchids, ferns, begonias, bromeliads, aroids and
succulents on display. Orchids and foliage plants grown
by local society members on sale. Trade tables selling a
variety of plant-orientated products and orchid and
foliage growing accessories. Cake and craft stall run by
a local organisation. Open Saturday 8am-3pm. Sunday
9am-2pm. A guest speaker will speak on "The Basics for
Growing Orchids" at 9am and 11am on the Saturday and
from 10.30am on the Sunday. Admission $3. Refreshments
will be available.
Ipswich Garden & Plant Expo. Ipswich Turf Club,
Brisbane Road, Bundamba. Open Saturday 8am-4pm, Sunday
8am-3pm. Entry $10. Concession $8, children free.
The Australian Palm & Cycad Show. Brisbane
Botanic Gardens Auditorium Mount Coot-tha. There will be
an impressive display of native and exotic palms &
cycads. There will be books, posters and magazines. You
will be able to ask the experts about the suitability of
specific palms & cycad for your garden. You’ll also see
unusual palms with, for example, distinctive red leaves
and cycads with amazing blue leaves. Whilst just a dozen
varieties of palms are commonly grown in SE Queensland,
visitors will be able to see 38 other varieties that are
equally easy to cultivate. This will make your garden
quite different to your neighbours and friends. A list
will be provided free to all visitors. Gardeners should
also consider growing native and exotic cycads other
than Cycas and Macrozamia. The new fronds of these are
NOT usually eaten by the caterpillars of the cycad blue
butterfly so look great. Again, a list will be provided
at the show. There will be a massive low-cost plant sale
for growing indoors/outdoors, full sun/shade,
feature/screening, fan/feather, rare/common,
small/medium/tall. Open Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday
9am-3pm. Entry $3 per adult, concession cards $2.
Garden Relief - Toowoomba. Join Annette McFarlane at
this important fundraiser for Beyond Blue. See The
Springs Garden World for details and bookings
The Queensland Dahlia Society Inc. Annual Dahlia
Show. Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Auditorium,
Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong. The show will feature many
locally hybridized dahlias that are highly regarded,
having won many major awards at national shows around
Australia and overseas. Hundreds of other blooms will be
exhibited ranging from the giant decorative type to the
miniature pompon, with exhibitors coming from the
Stanthorpe, Byron Bay, local Brisbane and outer Brisbane
areas. The show will be open 10.30am-4pm on Saturday and
9am-3.30pm. Admission $3. Refreshments available.
1st & 8
Living Workshops Northey Street City Farm. Corner of
Northey and Victoria Streets, Windsor, Brisbane. In this
practical course learn the simple clues to the secrets
life of plants for: Good Companions, Crop Rotation, Seed
Saving & Propagation, choose the best herbs and vegies
for each season and soil type. Learn to select good
fruit trees. Experienced teacher Carmel Harris will show
you the classic botanical ways to recognise plant
families, how & when to grow successfully in our climate
and learn to select good fruit trees. Week 1: The first
workshop will focus on food families for seed saving &
seed propagation. Week 2: The second workshop will focus
on food families grown foe cuttings, bulbs, division
etc. Cost $85 ($65 concession) plus Eventbrite booking
fee. For full workshop details
Click Here.... or
ph (07) 3857 8775
Sustainable Living Workshop.
107 Orange Grove Road, Coopers Plains.
Topic: Sensational Succulent
Gardening. Time: 10am-12noon.
Succulents are a diverse group of easily grown,
water-wise plants that are equally suited to novice
gardeners, those who are time poor and addicted
collectors. Learn which ones grow best in the subtropics
and how to care for them. Presented by author and ABC
Radio gardening presenter, Annette McFarlane. Bookings
essential. To book a place phone the library on Ph: 07
Ipswich Garden Spectacular, Autumn Orchid Show
presented by the Ipswich Orchid Society and Ipswich
Bromeliad Society. Silkstone State School Prospect
Street Silkstone. Plant sales orchids, broms, Australian
Native plants Cactus & Succulents, Hoya, Floral Art
&Craft Table Potting Demonstrations and Cultural Advice,
Bus trips welcome. Open Saturday 8.30am-4pm & Sunday
8.30am-2pm. Proudly Supporting the Ipswich Hospital
Special Care Nursery.
Queensland Council of Garden Clubs, umbrella
organisation of over 120 Garden Clubs is pleased to
announce "A Garden A Fair" 2017. Venue is the
Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Toowong. It is
our 50th Anniversary. To celebrate: Entry is FREE. We
will have all the usual competitions, Floral Art, Cut
Flowers, Foliage, Container Plants, Home Grown Produce
and a Club Competition. There will be a fabulous Raffle,
and Delicious Refreshments. There will also be some
great Stalls selling home made jams and chutneys, as
well as crafts, flowers and potted plants. Open Saturday
10am-4pm and Sunday 9.30am-3pm.
The Queensland Orchid Society Autumn show. Mt.
Coot-tha Botanical Gardens Auditorium. Magnificent
display of blooming Orchids and growing products for
sale. Potting demonstration, raffles and light
refreshments will be available , Admission Adult $4.
Children Free Open 8.30am-3.30pm Good Friday & Easter
2017 Autumn Garden Expo. Wondai Sportsground & Lions
Pavilion, Bunya Highway, Wondai. Quality Stalls of all
descriptions for garden and home. Plant transport and
cloakroom. MultiDraw Raffle with great prizes! Guest
Speakers. Entertainment by The Stolzies. Open Saturday
8am-4.30pm. Sunday 8am-1pm. Admission: Adults $5 per day
or $8 for 2-day pass, Under 15 free. Plant Transport &
Cloakroom. plus The South Burnett Orchid Society Annual
Show, Saturday from 9.30am-3pm and The Wondai Regional
Art Gallery April Showing sponsored by Wondai Garden
Expo, Wondai RSL Hall, Mackenzie St. Admission $3 per
Info Sheet (pdf)
Logan Hyperdome Library, 66-70 Mandew Street, Shailer Park.
Topic: The Ultimate Garden to
Kitchen. Time: 10am-12noon. Join Annette
McFarlane and Alison Alexander for a gardening and
gastronomic adventure that celebrates growing, cooking
and tasting local food. Gardening notes and recipes to
be provided. Bookings essential. To book a place phone
the library on Ph: 07 34124120
Orchid Society Autumn Charity Show. Donald Simpson
Centre, 172 Bloomfield Street, Cleveland. Beautiful
flower display, orchids and growing supplies for sale,
potting demonstrations, cultural advice, raffles, art
and craft and light refreshments. The show raises money
for Redlands Hospital Auxiliary. Doors open at 8.30am
and close at 3pm. Entry is $3.00 for adults, children
Art Society of Queensland - Invites you to join us
for a Fashion Parade by Portofino Fashions. Venue:
Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Auditorium, Mt
Coot-tha. Fashions will be available to try on &
purchase. Members will also be modelling some of their
wearable Floral Designs including jewellery, hats and
fascinators. Cost: $12 - includes light lunch. For
further information or to RSVP contact Heather Prior:
0412 735 483 or email
79 Evelyn St, Grange.
Topic: Growing fruit and vegetables at home.
Time: 12.30pm-2.30pm. Would you like to grow vegetables,
but you're not sure where to start? Do you long to pick
your own fresh lemons or limes straight from the garden?
Whether you garden in pots or have an enormous backyard,
this workshop provides all the information you need.
Presented by ABC Radio gardening presenter, Annette
McFarlane. Booking is essential. To book a place phone
the library on Ph: (07) 3407 2523
Open Garden-Viola’s Patch, 280 Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road Bahrs Scrub.
Birdlife abound in this mature garden inspired by Queensland’s tropical
islands. Stone pathways wind among thriving species of bromeliads,
cordylines and many rare and unusual plants. Bromeliad species number in the
hundreds, tillandsias are delightfully displayed, and cordylines and foliage
plants make striking accents. Turn the corner and you will come upon a
completely different landscape where sun-drenched lawns are enclosed by
perennials, salvias and many other hardy cottage garden plants. Open
Australian Native Plants Queensland Market Day.
Grovely TAFE, via Woking St, Grovely. A wide variety of
Native Plants, from popular to unusual, will be
available at very low prices. Expert advice from the
growers and NPQ members, on all aspects of plant
selection and care will assist you. Many plants are
suitable for suburban gardens and small areas or
containers. Sizes from tubes to large pots give a great
range of reasonable pricing. Most plants are not
available at commercial nurseries - so come and select
wonderful Australian native plants for all situations,
especially waterwise ones, or pond, butterfly food and
bush tucker plants. There will be books and information
available as well as light refreshments. Open 9am-3pm.
Garden Expo. Gympie Showgrounds. Brimming with ideas
and educational advice for the home gardener. The Gympie
Garden Expo offers a wonderful array of plant and orchid
displays to inspire and delight. Open 8am-4pm Saturday
and 8am-3pm Sunday.
Sustainable Living Workshop.
New Farm Library,
135 Sydney Street, New Farm.
Topic: Easy Ways To Grow and Propagate Your Own Plants.
Time: 11.30am-1.30pm. Learn how to propagate your own
plants using a variety of methods including seed,
division, leaf cuttings and layering. Bring your own
gloves and secateurs if you have them. Presented by ABC
Radio gardener Annette McFarlane. Bookings essential. To
book a place phone the library on Ph: 3403 1062
Plant Collectors Fair. Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
Auditorium. Open 8.30am-4pm. Discover rare, unusual and
difficult to find plant species from around the world.
Bulbs, perennials, trees and scrubs, orchids, herbs,
cacti and suculents, exotic tropicals and more. Guest
speakers, Plant sales, Food and drinks. Entry $5,
children under 15 free.
Logan - Heritage Gardening and Heirloom Plants
with Annette McFarlane - Details to be advised
Green Heart Fair.
7th Brigade Park, Chermside. The Green Heart Fair is
Brisbane’s biggest FREE bi-annual community and
sustainability festival, promoting innovative green
living in a fun, family-friendly environment for all
residents to come and enjoy. The Fair welcomes over 100
of Brisbane's leading sustainability organisations,
community groups, artisans, foodies, green-thumbs,
conservationists, businesses and eco experts to share
information and knowledge with Brisbane residents on how
to live more sustainably. Date to be announced.
Qld Camellia Society - Annual Show Albion Peace
Hall, 106 McDonald Rd Windsor. more
Art Society of Queensland annual Friendship Day.
Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha
Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha. Everyone is welcome to enjoy
the Floral Designs on display, and Demonstration by
special guest & Floral Designer, Francesca Petherbridge.
Visitors very welcome! Starting time: 9.30am. Cost: $10
(includes entry, tea/coffee on arrival, lucky door
ticket and a light lunch). Phone: 0412 735 483 (Heather)
for further information
Qld Garden Expo.
Join Annette McFarlane at the annual Queensland Garden
Expo. Annette will appear on stage and be available to
answer questions one-on-one at the Plant Clinic. See
www.qldgardenexpo.com.au for tickets and program details
(as they become available).
Oxley District Orchid Society Inc Annual Winter Show.
Auditorium, Botanic Gardens, Mount Coot-tha Road,
Toowong. There will be an extravaganza of orchid flowers
on display with potting demonstrations and cultural
advise. Lots of orchid plants and growing accessories
for sale. Plenty of off street parking with disabled
parking at the front door. Brisbane City Council runs a
bus service to the botanic gardens. Light refreshments
are also available for purchase. Open Saturday
8.30am-4pm, Sunday 9am-3.30pm. Entry: $4
Australian Floral Art Association, National
Convention hosted by Floral Art Society of
Queensland. "Costa del Sol" featuring International
Guest Demonstrator from Spain, Alex Segura Arana. Open
to Competitors & Delegates 17th to 20th October, and
open to the Public 18th and 19th October. Venue: "Surf
Air" 923 David Low Way, Marcoola Qld 4564. For further
information Phone: 0412 735 483 (Heather), Email:
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