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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. Monday to Friday from 10.30am-11.00am, excluding public holidays. This is a free event. No bookings required. Limited to 11 seats. 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
5 August

Free Sustainable Living Workshop. Carina Library. Corner Mayfield Road and Nyrang Street, Carina. Garden Inspiration-Garden Planning 11 am-1 pm. Presented by horticulturalist, Brian Sams. Bookings essential. Phone the Library on 07 3407 1873

12 August

Free Sustainable Living Workshop. Coopers Plains Library. 109 Orange Grove Rd, Coopers Plains. Topic: Great Pots Alive. Time:10am-12noon.  Presented by horticulturalist, Brian Sams. Bookings essential. Phone the Library on 07 3403 1530

19 August

Free Sustainable Living Workshop. Mt Coot-tha Library, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Toowong. Topic: Heirloom seed saving workshop and plant swap, Time: 9.30-11.30am. Keen to save seed from plants in your garden? Interested in heirloom vegetables and garden plants? This workshop provides tips for saving pure seed lines and demonstrates dry and wet seed cleaning. If you save seeds or have cuttings to share, bring them to swap with others. Presented by ABC Radio gardening presenter, Annette McFarlane.
Bookings essential. Phone 3403 2550.

19-20 August

Sogetsu Ikebana Queensland annual exhibition, Symphony of Movement. The exhibition will be held at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong. This year is the 90th Anniversary of Sogetsu Ikebana and will be opened by Mr Dale Arvidsson, Curator, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, at 10.15 am on the Saturday. Each day there will be free ikebana demonstrations at 10.30 am; a hands-on ikebana class at 1.30 pm ($3); guided tours, and ikebana containers and related material for sale. Exhibition open Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 9am-4pm. Entry is $4. Website:

26 August


Bracken Ridge Library. Cnr &, Bracken St & Barrett St, Bracken Ridge. Join in the celebrations (9:30am-3pm) as Bracken Ridge Library celebrates its 30th Anniversary. Book now for Annette McFarlane (9.30-10.30am) for Supermarket Seed Saving (07 3667 6060), followed by an opportunity for one-on-one question and answers (11am - 11.30am). The remainder of the day is filled with other activities including: Storytime with Councillor Amanda Cooper followed by the cutting of the cake (11.00-11.30am); Talk by the Sandgate Historical Society (12-1pm); Solar viewing with the South East Queensland Astronomical Society (1-2pm) and the Street Science show (2.30-3.30pm).
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.

26-27 August

Logan & District Orchid Society. Annual Orchid Show. Springwood Road State School, Springwood Qld. Open Saturday 8.30am-4pm, Sunday 8.30am-2pm. Admission $4  download poster

27 August

Brisbane Organic Growers Annual Fair. Peace Hall, 102 McDonald Road, Albion. All manner of edible and ornamental plants and seeds will be available for purchase. See displays of award winning home grown, organic produce; enjoy delicious organic food and listen to gardening speakers in a relaxed outdoor environment. Annette McFarlane will run a Question and Answer session at the event from 11.20am-12noon. Entry is free. Open 9am-3pm. See

2 September

The Redland Orchid Society Spring Charity Show. Donald Simpson Centre, 172 Bloomfield Street, Cleveland. As well as a magnificent display of blooms, there will be orchid plants for sale, potting demonstrations, product sales, raffles and light refreshments. The show raises money for Redlands Hospital Auxiliary. Open 8.30am-3pm. Entry is $3 for adults, children free. more info....

9 September

Free Sustainable Living Workshop. Corinda Library. 641 Oxley Road, Corinda. Topic: Happy Soil Happy Garden. Time: 2.30pm-4pm. Presented by horticulturalist, Brian Sams. Bookings essential. Phone the Library on 07 3407 7701

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....

9-10 September

The Beaudesert District Orchid and Foliage Society’s Spring Show for Orchids and Foliage Plants. Canungra School of Arts Hall in Pine Street, Canungra. Not only will there be orchids but also ferns, begonias, bromeliads, aroids and succulents on display. There will be quality orchids and foliage plants grown by local society members on sale at reasonable prices as well as Trade Tables selling a variety of plant-orientated products and orchid and foliage growing accessories. There will be also a cake and craft stall run by a local organisation. Open 8am-3pm Saturday, 9am-2pm Sunday.

9-10 September

Bromeliad Extravaganza. Wavell Heights Community Hall, 175 Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights, Brisbane. Open Saturday 8am-3pm, Sunday 9am-2pm. Free entry ample parking.

9-10 September

Combined Spring Charity Show. The West Brisbane Orchid Society (WBOS) and The Australian Paphiopedilum Society (TAPS) will present their Combined Spring Charity Show at the Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. This will be a rare opportunity for the public to see a massed display of Slipper Orchids (Paphiopedilums and Phragmipediums), as well as other exotic and native orchids. The Show will be open from 8:30am-3:30pm Saturday, and from 9am-3pm Sunday. There will be plants for sale, potting demonstrations, and light refreshments available. All welcome. The Show is raising money for the Samford Support Network. Admission: Adults $4.00; children (under 16) free.

15-24 September

2017 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. South East Queensland’s unseasonably warm Winter has everyone talking – and almost 160,000 annuals and 20,000 bulbs blooming! With Toowoomba readying to welcome thousands to the city for the internationally acclaimed Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers from September 15, the army of gardeners responsible for bringing the florals to fruition report that a record number of flowers are expected! For all the details   media release download

15-16 September

The Gold Coast District Orchid Society Spring Show. Albert Waterways Community Centre, cnr Hooker & Sunshine Blvd Mermaid Waters. This is a judged Orchid and Foliage show. 10 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 as well as Lucky Draws and Raffles. The venue is wheel chair friendly with plenty of parking for buses and cars. Admission is $4 for Adults and children under 12 are free. Open on Friday from 8am-4.30pm and Saturday from 8am-3.30pm.

16-17 September

Wildflower Show and Plant Market. The Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Toowong. Superb display of wildflowers. Plants suited to every garden. Popular and rare plants available. Allied group displays. Learn more at the speakers' corner. Entry $3. Open Saturday 9am-4pm, Sun day 9am-3pm.  more info....

16-17 September

Eastern District Orchid Society Spring Show. Bayside United Church Hall, 420 Wondall Road, Manly West. Open Saturday 8.30am-4pm, Sunday 10am-3pm. Displays of quality plants and flowers, Floral Art arrangements for sale and craft stalls. Refreshment available and daily raffles. Expert advice on hand from experienced growers. Admission $4 children under 14 free.

16-19 September


Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers-Cultivate Country Garden Tours. If you want to see some of the regions award-winning large gardens and a little of the country surrounding Toowoomba in one day, then this is the tour for you!. Guided by renowned local horticulturist, Brian Sams and tour specialist, Wendy Allen, the four daily tours will visit some of the hidden gems of the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers that are often missed by visitors - the beautiful country gardens including the Grand Champion and reserve Grand Champion and other winning and specialist country gardens. This tour will take you on the roads less travelled through our rural countryside and give you the chance to discover the secrets of success from the garden owners themselves at each garden. Brian will be on hand to identify plants and to answer gardening questions. You will enjoy a lovely morning tea in a local garden as well as a delicious lunch in a unique country spot. This is a small friendly group tour and numbers are limited. $135 per person - full day tour including lunch and morning tea. Enquiries: Brian Sams- 0415 707312 or Wendy Allen - 0409814200 or email: To Book go to:

22-23 September

Spring Orchid Spectacular–Beerwah Community Hall, Peachester Road, Beerwah. Come along and see the magnificent orchid displays at the annual show put on by Glasshouse Orchid Society. There’s lots of orchids for sale, many in flower as well as potting demonstrations and talks on orchid culture. Experienced orchid growers will be on hand to give advice and answer your questions. Open Friday 8.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 8.30am-2.30pm. Entry Adults $2 children free.

22-24 September

Springtime on the Mountain. Little more than an hour from Brisbane and 30 minutes from the Gold Coast is the gardeners' paradise of beautiful Tamborine Mountain. The Tamborine Mountain Garden Club is proud to present our 33rd annual fundraising Springtime on the Mountain Open Gardens Trail in aid of the Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens and local community groups. This year, we will open seven diverse and delightful home gardens for public display over the three day weekend. There will be a cafe in one of the gardens with a sausage sizzle, Devonshire Teas. The Botanic Gardens will host the Potty Potter plant sales and a sausage sizzle. Enjoy a day strolling through the gardens or stay over night to extend your visit. Open 9am-4pm Website  download brochure

23 September

Free Sustainable Living Workshop. Sandgate Town Hall, next to the Sandgate library, Seymour St, Sandgate. Topic: Sensational succulent gardening. Time: 10.30am-12.30pm. Succulents are a diverse group of easily grown, water-wise plants that are equally suited to novice gardeners, those who are time poor and/or addicted collectors. Learn which ones grow best in the subtropics. Bring succulent cuttings you have spare to share. Presented by ABC Radio gardening presenter, Annette McFarlane. Bookings essential. Phone 3667 6022.

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

24 September

Maryborough Open Gardens. Stroll through Maryborough’s stunning gardens and discover the natural beauty of our charming city. Be inspired as you explore the private gardens of some of Maryborough’s most avid green thumbs. Free entry to 10 gardens open from 10am-4pm. Map to gardens available from: Coloured booklet featuring maps and garden details available at most garden venues for $3.00

25-28 September

Brisbane Airport Corporation Eco Fair, Check out the fantastic natives, succulents and herbs that will be given away next week at the Brisbane Airport Corporation Eco Fair. I will be there on Thursday to answer all your gardening questions and Claire Bickle will solve any poultry problems. Come and say helllo 10am-3pm at the Village Markets, Skygate, 11 The Circuit, Brisbane Airport. Cost: Free Download Poster

30 September

Free Sustainable Living Workshop. Garden City Library, Garden City Shopping Centre, Kessels Rd, Upper Mount Gravatt. Topic: Easy ways to propagate and grow your own plants. Time: 10am-12noon. 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 gardening presenter, Annette McFarlane. Bookings essential. Phone 3403 7745.

30 September & 1st October

Geranium and Pelargonium Annual Spectacular. The Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. Geraniums and Pelargoniums are quite easy to grow and are available in a large variety of colours and flower forms. Plant will be available for sale. Experienced members on hand for growing tips and advice. Open 9am-3pm Saturday, 9am-2pm Sunday.

4 October

Free Sustainable Living Workshop. Mt Coot-tha Library. Brisbane Botanic Gardens, 152 Mt Coot-tha Rd, Mt Coot-tha. Topic: Growing Australian Plants from Seed. Time: 10am-12noon. Presented by horticulturalist, Brian Sams. Bookings essential. Phone the Library on 07 3403 2550

6 October

Free Sustainable Living Workshop. Annerley Library. 448 Ipswich Road, Annerley. Topic: Growing Indoor Plants Successfully. Time: 9.30am-11.30am. Presented by horticulturalist, Brian Sams. Bookings essential. Phone the Library on 07 3403 1735

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

21 October

Free Sustainable Living Workshop. Kurilpa Hall, next to the West End Library, 178-180 Boundary St, West End. Topic: Growing deliciously different fruit and vegetables. Time: (to be confirmed) Wild hibiscus, cucuzza, lemon myrtle, elephant foot yams, native limes and pitaya; if you're keen to plant something just a little bit different, join Annette McFarlane to learn how to grow and use these and other less well known edibles. Bookings essential. Phone 3403 8620.

21-22 October

Queensland Orchid Society Spring Show. Brisbane Botanical Gardens Auditorium Mount Coot-tha. Find rare and collectable orchids and a wide choice of glorious orchid hybrids in flower for your collection or for well priced gift plants and view the finest plants of our members in flower arranged in a fantastic show of colour, illustrating the joy and satisfaction of growing orchids. There will be orchid growing supplies on sale along with potting demonstrations and plenty of good advice on growing from our members. Refreshments are available for purchase in the hall. Open Saturday 8.30am-3.30pm, Sunday 8.30am-3pm. Entry $4 more info....

26 October

Grange Library Garden Meeting. Time: 1-2.30pm. Grange library located 79 Evelyn St, Grange is getting a new community library garden. Join Annette McFarlane for afternoon tea and a chance to discuss plans and progress on the development of the garden. Get hands on potting plants that will be planted into the garden once completed. Please book for catering purposes. Phone (07) 3407 2523.

28 October

Free Sustainable Living Workshop. Banyo Library. 284 St Vincents Rd, Banyo. Topic: Practical Seed Saving. Time: 1pm-3pm. Did you know you can save seeds from many of the fruit you buy from the supermarket? Don’t throw those seeds in the compost or feed them to the hens. Annette McFarlane will demonstrate which fruit are suitable and the best techniques to save and grow seeds. You will not only learn to save money, your garden will be incredibly productive. Bookings essential. Phone: 3403 2200.

28-29 October

North Moreton Qld Orchid Council Inc Summer Orchid Show. The Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Toowong. Admire displays of beautiful orchids and browse the sales tables. Help always on hand to give growing advice on your purchase or those you already own. Learn how to repot your orchids in demonstrations held throughout the show. Buy all your orchid growing needs at the trade tables. Light refreshments for sale. Free parking onsite. Open Sat 8.30am-3.30pm, Sun 8.30am-3pm. Entry: Adults $4, Children under 14 years free.

5 November

Free Sustainable Living Workshop. Indooroopilly Library. Indooroopilly Library, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Level 4, 322 Moggill Road, Indooroopilly. Topic: Practical Propagation. Grow your own plants from seeds and cuttings. Time: 1.30pm-3.30pm. 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 gardening presenter, Annette McFarlane. Bookings essential. Phone 07 3407 0009

11-12 November


Orchid Species Society Show. Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Auditorium. Be captivated by a display of orchid species from Australia and other parts of the world, some rare and near extinction. Open Saturday 8.30am-4pm, Sunday 9am-3.30pm. Displays of orchids, plants for sale and experts will be on hand to provide advice on orchid culture. Entry is only $4. more info....

18-19 November

Tropical Foliage Festival. Cleveland Assembly Hall, Smith Street, Cleveland. This year will provide an opportunity for gardeners and collectors to purchase many varieties of tropical foliage plants including new releases, rare plants and old favourites offering the best quality Cordylines, Bromeliads, Gingers, Costas,  Heliconias, Orchids, Palms and much more. Experienced growers and garden experts will be on hand to answer all your questions. Special guest speakers will be on stage throughout the weekend. We will be holding our famous rare plant auction Saturday. There will be plant displays and a monster raffle. The event will be fully catered. Open Saturday 8am-3pm, Sunday  9am-2pm. Admission – Adult $3, Children free, free parking and EFTPOS available.

25 November

Free Sustainable Living Workshop. Brisbane Square Library. Brisbane Square, 266 George St, Brisbane City.  Time:10am-12noon. Topic: Herbs. Herbs are some of the easiest and most productive plants you can grow in a small space. Great for beginner gardeners or those who love to cook, this workshop gives you all the information you need to grow everything from foliage herbs like thyme and coriander, to tuberous ginger, turmeric and galangal, plus more exotic flavours like laksa leaf. Presented by ABC Radio gardening presenter, Annette McFarlane. Bookings essential. Phone 07 3403 4166

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