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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
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

Eastern District Orchid Society Autumn 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.

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 

28-30 April The Planting Festival - held over the Queensland Labour Day long weekend – features over 200 artists and presenters, over 200 shows, across 25 venues, which all combine to make up The Festival Village. The Planting is an annual three-day cultural event, a festival celebrating innovation in the arts, humanities and earth sciences. It started out as community tree planting weekend some 22 years ago, where volunteers took part in regenerating the festival’s five-hundred-acre home, Woodfordia. By day they planted, by night they partied.  more info....
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


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

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

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


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)

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).

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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