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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
4 February

Sustainable living Workshop. Sandgate Library. Sandgate Town Hall, Seymour St, Sandgate. Topic: New Year New Garden. Join Annette for one of her very popular workshops. Time: 10.30am-12.30pm. Make 2017 a great year for gardening. Learn what to plant, when to prune and fertilize, plus effective ways to prevent seasonal pests. To book a place phone the library on Ph: (07) 36676021

4-5 February

The Tropical Affair. Mt Coot-tha Botanic Garden Auditorium Brisbane. An incredible variety of tropical foliage plants including new release, rare plants and old favorites 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. There will be plant displays and a monster raffle. The event will be fully catered. Admission: Adults $3. Children. Free. Open Saturday 8am-3pm, Sunday 9am-2pm.

11 February

Sustainable living Workshop. Toowong Library, Toowong Village Shopping Centre, 9 Sherwood Road, Toowong. Time: 10:30am-12pm. Topic: The spice garden. Learn how to grow your favourite spices in your backyard. This workshop will cover cultivation, care, in ground and potted cultivation of a variety of spices as well as harvest, storage and use information. Presented by horticulturalist Noel Burdette. Bookings essential. To book a place phone the library on Ph: (07) 3403 2590

11-12 February

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

11-12 February

Aspley Orchid Spectacular. Mt. Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium. Wonderful display of flowering orchids, ferns and foliage. Plants and all orchid growing requirements on sale. Potting demonstrations and cultural advice. Light refreshments. Entry, Adults $4. Under 16 free. Open Saturday 8am-3.30pm, Sunday 9am-3.30pm.

18-19 February

Open Garden-Joncia Gardens, 39-63 Derby RD Logan Reserve. Stroll around and enjoy our dazzling award winning garden that has featured numerous times on Gardening Australia, Great South East and Brisbane Extra .Joncia Gardens is currently Brisbane and Logan's Grand Champion Garden. A superb vege patch, oriental bridge with garden, Little Bush chapel, Monet style bridge leading to a full wrought iron rotunda, tropical rainforest walk and lots more to explore. Refreshments will be available. Lunch and Tea/Coffee and Sweets, Plants for sale, Wheelchair friendly. Entry $8. Pensioners & Concession holders $6, Under 18 free. Open 9am-4pm. more info....

19 February

Sustainable Living Workshop. City Library, Brisbane Square, 266 George St, Brisbane City. Topic: Small Space Living-Styling with Succulents. Time: 10.30am-12.30pm. Annette McFarlane shows you how to use succulents in stylish and creative ways for small space living. Find out what grows indoors, discover succulents for shade, and learn how to turn your outdoor space into a mini oasis. Bookings essential. To book a place phone the library on Ph:07 3403 4166

25-26 February


Open Garden. 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 9.30am-4pm. Entry $10. We are also open the following week for a “Night Viewing” on Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th March 7 pm to 9 pm. (see below)

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 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

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

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

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

6-7 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. It is a cunday: 8am-3pm more info coming soon

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).

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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