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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 (City).
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.

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 displys, knowledgeable speakers and afternoon tea. All welcome. For further information contact the Secretary-Ann McFadyen Ph:07 3276 7223

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.

2017 Events by Date
3-4 March 

Open Garden, “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

4 March

Queensland 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.

05 March

Sustainable Living Workshop. Carindale Library, Westfield Carindale Shopping Centre, 1151 Creek Road, Carindale. 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 3407 1490

11-12 March

The 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

11-12 March

The 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. more info....

11-12 March

Ipswich Garden & Plant Expo. Ipswich Turf Club, Brisbane Road, Bundamba. Open Saturday 8am-4pm, Sunday 8am-3pm. Entry $10. Concession $8, children free. more info....

11-12 March

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. more info....

18 March

Garden Relief - Toowoomba. Join Annette McFarlane at this important fundraiser for Beyond Blue. See The Springs Garden World for details and bookings

18-19 March

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 April


Sustainable 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

08 April

Sustainable Living Workshop. Coopers Plains Library, 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 3403 1530

08-09 April

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.

08-09 April


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.

14-15 April

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 Saturday 8.30am-3pm. more info....

15-16 April


Wondai 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 person. more info....  Info Sheet (pdf)

22 April

Gardening Workshop. 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 

22 April

Redlands 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 free. more info....

24 April


Floral 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   more info....

27 April

Sustainable living Workshop. Grange Library, 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 

29-30 April

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 10am-4.30pm. more info....  pdf file

6 May

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.

6-7 May

Gympie 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. more info....

13 May

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

20-21 May

Brisbane 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. more info....  Poster

27 May

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.

25 June

Qld Camellia Society - Annual Show Albion Peace Hall, 106 McDonald Rd Windsor.  more info....

26 June


Floral 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) or Email: for further information  more info....

7-9 July

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 for tickets and program details (as they become available).

15-16 July

John 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

17-20 October
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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: or visit our Website:  Download Poster

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