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Upcoming Events, South East Qld, Australia &
New Zealand-Major Garden and Flower Shows
Open Gardens in South East Queensland
FREE GUIDED WALKS
- Take advantage of the expertise of volunteer guides by taking one of
these free guided walks. Bookings are not required.
Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha,
152 Mount Coot-tha Rd, Mount Coot-tha.
City Botanic Gardens, Alice St,
Roma Street Parklands, 1 Parkland
Boulevard, Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane City. Guided walks of
approximately 1 hour duration depart from the visitors centre hub at
each location daily at 11am and 1pm (except Sunday and public holidays).
Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens,
230 Ashmore Rd, Benowa. Volunteers offer free guided walks on the 1st
Sunday and 3rd Wednesday of the month and at other times by prior
arrangement. Guided walks for special interest groups are also available
for a small fee. Phone 0449 561 674.
Cairns Botanic Gardens, 78-96 Collins
Ave, Edge Hill. Free guided walks of 1-1.5hrs duration depart from the
Friends House, Monday- Friday at 10am.
Many regional parks and botanic gardens offer self-guided walks that
locals and visitors can take at their leisure. Maps and information are
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)
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
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 displays, knowledgeable
speakers and afternoon tea. All welcome. For more
information contact Maria 0413587491 or Persis
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
2019 Events by Date|
gardening workshops with Annette McFarlane. Gympie
Library, 8-14 Mellor St, Gympie 4570. Native Plants
for Gympie Gardens (10.00am - 11.30am). Practical Seed
Saving (1.30pm - 3.30pm). Please select one workshop
only. Bookings essential. Phone 5481 0859
Garden Expo is a ‘must see’ in 2019 for green thumbs
and novice gardeners alike. Held in the Sunshine Coast
hinterland town of Nambour from 12th to 14th July, this
three day expo is Queensland’s premier gardening event
attracting 40,000 + visitors from all over Australia and
New Zealand. Some of Australia’s leading gardening
experts take part in three days of lectures,
demonstrations and workshops. See plants, plants and
more plants with over 55 nurseries represented and more
than 360 exhibitors. There is a full program of free
lectures and demonstrations on eight “live” stages every
day covering a vast array of gardening topics. Head to
the The Cook’s Garden stage for some great tips on
growing your own produce and turning it into delicious
gourmet meals. The ‘Giant Kitchen Garden’ features a
fully planted sustainable garden constructed onsite, be
sure to head there to learn how to start your own veggie
patch. Get free help with gardening problems and plant
identification from the onsite Plant Clinic and be
inspired by the fantastic arrangements in the Floral
Design Competition and Landscape Gardens.
Annette McFarlane will be speaking on the following
days/times at the Expo: Friday 9am Poinciana Stage; 1pm
Jacaranda Stage. Saturday 11am Poinciana Stage; 1pm
Jacaranda Stage. Sunday 9am Poinciana Stage; 11am Seed
Saving Workshop; 1pm Jacaranda Stage
Oxley District Orchid Society Inc. Annual Winter Show.
Auditorium Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha.
Displays of species orchids from around the world, our
own native orchids and numerous hybrids. Potting
demonstrations daily at 10am and 1pm. Cultural advice
all week-end from some of Brisbane’s best orchid
growers. Lots of plants and growing accessories
available for sale. Brisbane City Council runs a bus
service to the venue and there is lots off street
parking, plus disabled parking at the front door. Light
refreshments and floral arrangement featuring orchids
are available at great prices. Open Saturday 8.30am-4pm,
Sunday 9am-3pm. Entry $4.00 children under 14 are free.
Free BCC sustainability workshop - Growing
Vegetables at Home with Annette McFarlane. Mt
Library, 171 Dandenong Rd, Mt Ommaney, 4074. Time:
10am-12noon. Discover how to have succeed with vegetable
growing using organic methods. Learn what to plant when
and simple organic pest control methods. Bookings
essential. Phone 3407 7010
Sustainable Living Workshop. Corinda Library, 641
Oxley Rd, Corinda. Topic: Growing Orchids. Time:
1pm-2.30pm. Phalaenopsis orchids are among the most
popular indoor plants in the world, and with the right
care will provide many years of enjoyment. In this
seminar, commercial orchid grower David Furness will
discuss the origin and background of the Phalaenopsis
orchid and share top tips for how to help these stunning
plants to thrive. To book a place phone the library on
Phone: (07) 3403 8888
Tillandsia Pop-up Sale. Newmarket State School,
15 Banks Street, Newmarket Qld. Open 9am-12noon.
Tillandsias or air plants are one of the more popular
bromeliads because of their unique shapes and the fact
that they don’t need to be planted in soil to survive.
To cater for the growing number of Tillandsia
enthusiasts, the Bromeliad Society of Queensland will be
having a Tillandsia Pop-Up Sale day. Meet specialist
Tillandsia growers from Queensland and interstate who
will be on hand to offer advice and information about
these types of bromeliads. If you are starting to build
your tillandsia collection or have been collecting for
many years, don’t miss out on this special event.
Bazaar. Country Paradise Parklands, Nerang.
Botanical Bazaar is the Gold Coast Garden Festival where
naturally wild, urban gardeners and nature lovers
connect. The festival is set to educate and inspire
nature enthusiasts of all ages. See a huge variety of
green exhibitors plus family activities, workshops and
educational talks by celebrity gardeners and
Join Annette for her informative presentation "Conquering
compost" - How to make a perfect batch every time
all your gardening questions answered in person.
Learn hints and tips about growing your own food, urban
and small space gardening, sustainable living concepts,
health and medicinal herbs. Explore plant nurseries,
garden materials and tools, botanical beauty and health
products and botanical home wares. Enjoy a relaxing day
amongst the community gardens with live music, delicious
food and drinks and don’t forget to check out our Pop Up
Garden Bar! Botanical Bazaar is proudly partnering with
Rotary Gold Coast who are helping to make this festival
a truly community driven day, with profits raised going
back into community.
Festival Tickets $15.00. Some talks included in entry
price and other workshops are ticketed events. Avoid the
queues and purchase your ticket online today!
North Brisbane Orchid Society Annual Show. Mt
Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Rd,
Toowong. Open Saturday 8.30am-3.30pm and Sunday
8.30am-3pm. There will be a magnificent display of the
orchid entries, plants and cultural supplies for sale,
potting demonstrations and cultural information from
experienced growers, a raffle to be drawn on the Sunday
and refreshments available at reasonable prices. Entry
is $4.00 for adults and children under 14 are free.
9th Native Orchid Conference & Show. Strathpine
Community Centre, 199 Gympie Rd, Strathpine, Qld. The
Australasian Native Orchid Society Conference and Show
will have the best display of Australasian orchids in
flower which should thrill not only the orchid
enthusiast but also the general public. ANOS actively
promotes the conservation and the preservation of our
orchid heritage. Through our show we hope to educate the
general public and let you see the wide range of
colours, shapes and sizes that exist in our own orchids.
Of course the very flashy ‘King Orchid’ will be there
but does the public know that there are six different
varieties of ‘King Orchids’? As well as the flowering
orchids, there will be an orchid photographic exhibition
and botanical art exhibition and sales plus orchids and
orchid supplies for sale from Australian and overseas
vendors ranging from seedlings to orchids in flower.
Orchid cultural advice is available. Light meals are
available. Free Parking available off Mecklem St. Open
9am-4pm 23/24 August and 9am-1pm 25 August. Admission $5
Noosa District Orchid & Foliage Society Spring Show.
Cooroy Memorial Hall Maple Street Cooroy. Huge plant
display, orchid sales, raffles, advice. Open Friday
8.30am-4pm, Saturday 8.30am-2.30pm. $3 entry.
to Garden Organically with Annette McFarlane. North
Lakes Library, 10 The Corso, North Lakes, 4509.
Time: 11am-1pm. Annette McFarlane shows you how to
welcome birds and frogs, plus bees and other beneficial
insects back by adopting organic gardening methods.
Topics covered include composting and organic matter,
fertilizer options, organic certification, varieties of
fruit, vegetables and herbs to plant, as well as organic
pest control. Information is applicable to both
productive and ornamental gardens. This workshop is free
but booking is essential. Phone 3480 9900.
and District Orchid Society-Annual Orchid Show,
Springwood Road State School, 94-120 Springwood Road
Springwood Qld. Orchids for sale as well as Bromeliads,
Potting Demonstrations, Light Refreshments Available.
Open Sat 8.30am-4pm, Sun 8.30-2pm. Plenty of parking,
Wheelchair, bus friendly. $4 entry.
Ikebana Exhibition. Mt Coot-tha
Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Road,
Toowong. Open 10am-4pm both days. Entry $4. Guided tours
of the event 11.30am and 2.30pm daily. Hands on ikebana
class 1.30 daily. Tea and coffee for sale. Ikebana
containers and related materials for sale from 11.30am
Organic Growers Inc (BOGI) Fair. Peace Hall, 102
McDonald Road Windsor. Open 9am-3pm Free entry A great
fair to attend for all things organic. Interesting
speakers, Plenty of market stall, Things for kids to do,
Organic food to eat. A great day out.
BCC Sustainability workshop - Growing Fruit at Home
with Annette McFarlane.
Seymour Street, Town Hall. Time: 1pm-3pm. Learn what
fruit is best for backyard growers and container
production. Fertilisers, pest control, pruning and more
covered in this practical workshop. Bookings essential.
Native Plants Queensland Wildflower Spectacle and Plants
Market. Auditorium at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens,
Toowong. Glorious display of the diverse native flora of
our state as well as features by NPQ branches on the
theme 'Colour your garden with Native Plants'. Displays
by local environmental and eco groups including bats and
frogs; books and useful brochures will be available, and
the Brookfield CWA will provide lovely refreshments.
There is also the spectacular Plants Market with a huge
range of Native Plants for all situations, from
rockeries and small containers, to large gardens and
natural areas. If you are looking for plants that are
popular or rare and unusual, you will find a variety to
suit all areas. Expert advice is available direct from
the growers on plant selection and care as well as from
members of NPQ. Prices are low and many plants can not
be found in commercial nurseries, so come and find a
favourite or one of Australia's unique plants just right
for your needs. Open Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 9am-3pm.
Beaudesert Districts Orchid and Foliage Spring Show.
Canungra School of Arts Hall. Plant Sales, Accessory
Sales etc. as well as an experienced orchid growing
guest speaker on both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Open
Saturday 8am-3pm, Sunday 9am-2pm. Adult admission is
$4.00 and this allows you to come both days.
Garden-Coucals Garden. 8 Belah Street Mount
Crosby. Time: 9am-4pm. Cost: $10 gate entry.
Refreshments will be available on both days. Plants for
sale by various vendors. Supporting the Australian Red
Cross (Ipswich Branch).
Green Heart Fair, Carindale Recreation Reserve, Bedivere
St, Carindale 4152. Brisbane's biggest south side
sustainability fair. Join Annette McFarlane for
one-on-one questions and answers, plus free talks by
Annette and other presenters. Pick up your free BCC
native plants at the fair. Food, games for children,
community groups and sustainable and organic stand
holders. Free family fun. Open 8am-2pm.
Gold Coast District Orchid Society 2019 Spring Show.
Albert Waterways Community Centre, cnr Hooker & Sunshine
Blvd Mermaid Waters. This is a judged Orchid and Foliage
show. 10 fabulous 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 provided by
Espresso Xcellence as well as Lucky Draws and Raffles.
Admission is $4.00 for Adults and children under 12 are
free. The show will be open on Friday from 8am-4.30pm
and Saturday from 8am-3pm. The venue is wheel chair
friendly with plenty of parking for buses and cars.
Design Show: The Floral Art Society of Queensland
are holding their Annual Open Show “Floriferous Forms”
at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Auditorium,
Mt Coot-tha. Visitors can enjoy the Floral Designs on
display, view design demonstrations throughout both days
and watch the fast paced “Ready, Steady Snip”
competitions. Children can make their own arrangements
for free under the guidance of one of our society
members. Cost: $4 for adults (school children are free).
Open 9.30am-3.30pm Saturday and Sunday.
Open Garden-Viola’s Patch. 280
Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road, Bahrs Scrub. Neil and Viola
are avid gardeners who have opened their garden to the
public for charity since the year 2000. Featured on
Gardening Australia in 2015, thousands have come through
the front gates and experience a beautiful hidden
paradise. For those who return every year 2019 will hold
some new horticultural surprises. Quota Beenleigh the
beneficiaries of the opening hope the crowd will come
again this year to spend the day roaming at leisure or
be a part of a guided walk with Viola. There are
propagating demonstrations, guided walks, refreshments
and Children are welcome. Entry: $8 adults, under 18
free. Open 10am-4pm.
Bromeliad Extravaganza. Wavell Heights Community
Hall, 175 Edinburgh Castle Road. Wavell Heights,
Brisbane. Huge bromeliad sales. Open Saturday 8am-3pm,
Sun 9am-1pm. Free entry. Ample parking
Wondai Spring Garden Expo. Wondai Sportsground
and Lions Pavilion Bunya Highway, Wondai. Horticultural
& Photography Show. Quality stalls of all descriptions
for garden and home. Guest Speaker Kate Wall.
Entertainment by popular Country & Western Artist Graham
Jensen. Open 8am-4.30pm Saturday, 8am-1pm Sunday. Entry
$5 per person per day, $8 for two-day ticket. Children
free when accompanied by an adult.
BCC Sustainability workshop. Clever Composting with
Garden City Library, Level R4,
Westfield Garden City, Cnr Kessels & Logan Rd, Upper Mt
Gravatt, 4122. Annette McFarlane explains the principles
of composting and demonstrates various methods. There
will be time for answers to your composting questions.
Bookings essential. Phone 3403 7745.
Cardwell Coast Guard Annual Desert Rose & Tropical Plant
Expo. Lot 1 Victoria Street, Cardwell. Commencing at 9am and running until approximately
Orchid Society Inc Spring Orchid Show. Belmont
Shooting Complex 1485 Old Cleveland Road Belmont.
Beautiful flowering orchids on display. Plants for sale,
excellent variety of species and hybrids. Plant Minding
Area. Floral Art and Orchid accessories on sale. Potting
Demonstrations. Light refreshment available. Entry $4.00
Children Free. Supporting Queensland Children Hospital.
Open Saturday 8:30am-3:30pm, Sunday 8:30am-3pm.
to Garden Organically with Annette McFarlane. Redcliffe
476 Oxley Ave, Redcliffe 4020. Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm.
Annette McFarlane shows you how to welcome birds and
frogs, plus bees and other beneficial insects back by
adopting organic gardening methods. Topics covered
include composting and organic matter, fertilizer
options, organic certification, varieties of fruit,
vegetables and herbs to plant, as well as organic pest
control. Information is applicable to both productive
and ornamental gardens. This workshop is free but
booking is essential. Phone 3283 0311.
North Moreton Qld Orchid Council Inc Summer Orchid
Show. The Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens,
Toowong. See beautiful orchids of many varieties on both
sales and competition tables. Get cultural advice on
your purchases. Repotting demonstrations held throughout
the show to teach some of the basics of orchid care. Buy
all your orchid growing needs at the trade tables. Sale
of assorted crafts by "Be Uplifted" breast cancer
support group. Light refreshments for sale. Open Sat
8.30am-3.30pm, Sun 8.30am-3pm. Entry: Adults $4,
Children under 14 years free. Public transport
available, see TransLink website. Free parking onsite.
2019. Metcalfe Gallery, Brisbane Institute of Art,
41 Grafton St, Albion. Open 10am-4pm daily. Free entry. An
exhibition of contemporary botanical art by members of
the Botanical Artists’ Society of Queensland. The
exhibition will feature artists demonstrating at the
exhibition and displays by Robyn Bauer
Artist-in-Residence at the Brisbane Botanical Gardens ad
Nicole Crosswell, Illustrator Queensland Herbarium. Join
us for the opening by Helen Cole, Honorary Librarian,
Queensland Herbarium on Saturday 2 November at 5pm. RSVP
by 21 October to Dr Nita C. Lester Phone 07 5445 7182 or
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