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  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 (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
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


Aspley Orchid Society Celebrating Mothers Day show. Community Hall, Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights. Display of flowering orchids, ferns and foliage. Plants and floral arrangements for sale. Pots, labels, fertilizers & all growing requirements on sale. EFTPOS available for plant sales only. Light refreshments available. Potting demonstrations and cultural advice. Ample parking, wheelchair access. Open 8am-4.30pm. Entry $4 under 16 free.

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

13 May


Sustainability Day. Hillbrook Anglican School, 45 Hurdcotte Street, Enoggera. This is a free community event held every 2 years with talks on growing vertical gardens, growing your own food, bee and chook keeping and sustainabile living and slow fashion. Displays by community groups, market stalls, e-waste collection, delicious local food, music and entertainment will be featured all day. All proceeds to charities & community groups.  Download Poster
19-22 May


The Bonsai Society of Queensland, 30th Australian Association of Bonsai Clubs Convention and Exhibition. Royal on the Park Hotel, 152 Alice St, Brisbane City. The Exhibition is open to the public and will display the pick of Bonsai from SE Qld . Entry fee is $5

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

Gardening Workshop. Logan West Library, 69 Grand Plaza Drive, Browns Plains. Topic: Heritage Gardening and Heirloom Plants. Time: 10am-12noon. What are heirloom and heritage plants? Put simply, they are plants that have been handed down from one generation of gardeners and farmers to the next. Join Annette for a lively discussion on seed saving of heirloom flowers and vegetables and heritage fruit trees for Australian conditions. To book a place phone the library on Ph: 07 3412 4160 or book online

27-28 May

Gardens of Hampton. James and Barbara McGeogh, Emaho Trees, 507 Ravensbourne Dip Road via Tessman Road, Hampton - Trish and Adrian Allan, Blue Hills Garden, Deeth Road, Crows Nest - Glennys and Col Seccombe, Palmtree Road Farm, Hampton. Details ....

28 May

The Queensland Herb Society Annual Herb Awareness. Albion Peace Hall, 102 McDonald Road, Windsor, Brisbane. An event for everyone who wants to learn more about growing and using herbs. Herbs and plants for sale. Free demonstrations and talks. Open 9am-4pm. Entry free more info....  Poster

28 May

Friends of Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens Inc. Sunday with Friends in the Botanic Gardens. As part of the second annual Botanic Gardens Open Day across Australia and New Zealand, locals and visitors to the Sunshine Coast will have a special chance to meet, greet, relax and eat at the Arts & Ecology Centre Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Palm Creek Road, Tanawha, from 8.30 to Lunch. Organised by the Friends of the Gardens, the morning will include koala-spotting as well as guided walks, displays and free information on local plants and wildlife. Learn fascinating facts about fungi, and find out why our Gardens are so special. The Friends will offer refreshments and light lunches, or visitors can bring a picnic and finish the day relaxing in the tranquil diversity of our bushland gardens and walking trails. more info....

4 June

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.

10-11 June

Gardening On The Edge. Maleny Qld. Garden Market at Maleny Showgrounds. There will be in excess of 30 stall holders both inside and outside the Hall displaying and selling Camellias, Orchids, Tropical Foliage Plants, Heritage Roses, Staghorns, Australian Native Plants, Cottage Plants, Geraniums, Heritage seeds and so much more. Garden Club members will be selling plants and produce with the Hospital Auxiliary and the CWA providing refreshments at the various gardens. See PDF for all details of open gardens etc PDF download

10-11 June


Cactus & Succulent Society of Qld Inc. present the 40th Cactus & Succulent Show at Mt. Coot0tha Botanic Gardens auditorium. Displays, competition, lots & lots of big & small quality plants for sale including rare & unusual ones (EFTPOS available) and members on hand for help and advice on growing succulents. Open Saturday 9am-3.30pm, Sunday 9am-3pm. Entry $4 (children under 14 free)

14-15 June


Leafmore Garden Society Inc. Winter Garden School. President’s Room, City Golf Club, 254 South Street, Toowoomba. Speakers program includes Debby Birach-Mayer, Brian Sams, Tim Rival, Barbara Wickes, Sophie Thomson, Leo O'Reilly and Anne Gibson. download program download speaker lineup
17 June

Esk Garden & Lifestyle Fair. Old Esk Railway Station, Pipeliner Park, Esk-Hampton Road, Esk. A real country garden fair with something for everyone. Enjoy quality plant and garden related stalls. Speakers featuring Noel Burdette. Scarecrow contest and display, food, coffee vans, raffle. Dedicated bus drop off zone, plant creche and off street parking. Whilst in Esk visit Somerset Bendigo Art Awards, Esk Quilt & Craft Shows as well as the Business Scarecrows in town. Open 8am-3pm : Entry gold coin donation

25 June

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

24-25 June

North Moreton Queensland Orchid Council Inc. Charity Spectacular Orchid Show. Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha Auditorium. Many varieties of orchids, ferns and foliage plants will be on display and for sale. Throughout the day, potting demonstrations will be done with experts on hand to give advice. Wide range of fertilizer, pots and horticultural supplies on sale. Light refreshments available. Tour buses are welcome. Proceeds of the show donated to Be Uplifted Inc., a breast cancer support group. Open Saturday 8.30am-3.30pm and Sunday 8.30am-3pm. Entry: Adults $4.00 Children under 14 years free. Access by public transport available. Free parking onsite. 

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).

7-9 July

Caboolture Orchid Society Annual Winter Show. Morayfield Community Complex, 298 Morayfield Rd Morayfield (Behind Bunnings ) Several Fellow Society Displays, Large Plant Sales Area, Repotting Demonstrations, Orchid Advise, Refreshments Available. Free Admission, Good Parking, Wheelchair Friendly Open Friday and Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 9am-2pm.

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

26-27 August

North Brisbane Orchid Society. Annual Spring Show. The Auditorium, Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha Toowong. There will be an outstanding display of orchids to view including our own Australian orchids and species from around the world. Opportunity to buy varied selection of flowering quality orchids and other plants. Homemade jams sweets etc for sale. Light refreshments served including Devonshire Teas. View potting demos and get Free advice from experts. Saturday 8.30am-4pm. Sunday 8.30am-3pm. Adults $4.00 children under 14 free.

9-10 September

Open Garden-Coucals Garden, 8 Belah Street, Mount Crosby Qld. Open Garden with light refreshments served by the Australian Red Cross (Ipswich Branch) who also benefits from the gate fee. Entry $8. Open: 9am–4pm. more info....

23-24 September

Wondai 2017 Spring Garden Expo. Wondai Sportsground and Lions Pavilion, Bunya Highway Wondai. Official Opening at 1pm, Guest Speakers on both days. Entertainment by Geoff & Sue's "Stepping Stones". Horticultural Show & Displays, Quality Nurseries, Allied Garden Products, Craft, Decorator and Collector's Items. Open Saturday 8am-4.30pm, Sunday 8am-1pm. Entry $5 per person per day, $8 for two day ticket. Children Free. Bus access and Free parking

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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