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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.

2018 Events by Date
13 January

Free Sustainable Living Workshop. Nundah Library, 1 Bage Street (via Primrose Lane), Nundah. Topic: Year in the Garden. Time: 1-3pm. Make 2018 a great year for gardening by planning ahead in this workshop with ABC Radio gardening presenter, Annette McFarlane. Learn what to plant, when to prune and fertilise, plus effective ways to prevent seasonal pests. To book a place phone the library on Ph: (07) 3407 8701 more info....

3-4 February

International Cordyline Society. Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha. An incredible variety of tropical foliage plants including new releases, rare plants and old favourites offering the 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. The event will be fully catered. Open Saturday 8am-3pm and Sunday 9am-2pm. Adults $3, children free. more info....

10-11 February

Aspley Orchid Society Summer Show. Mt. Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong. Orchid plants and all orchid growing requirements on sale. Potting demonstrations and cultural advice. Open Saturday 8am-3.30pm, Sunday 9am-3.30pm. Light Refreshments. Admission $4. U/16 free. more info.... 

20 January

Free Sustainable Living Workshop. City Square Library, Brisbane Square, Level 1, 266 George Street, Brisbane. Topic: A Year In The Garden. Time: 10am-12noon. Make 2018 a great year for gardening by planning ahead in this workshop with ABC Radio gardening presenter, Annette McFarlane. Learn what to plant, when to prune and fertilise, plus effective ways to prevent seasonal pests. To book a place phone the library on Phone: (07) 3403 4166 more info....

24-25 February

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

3rd March

Queensland Begonia Society. “Colour your world with Begonias” is the title for the 2018 Annual Show. Auditorium, Mt. Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. This is the largest and only show of Begonias in Queensland. Species begonias which originated in various parts of the world will be featured along with many outstanding hybrids created by keen begonia growers from Queensland, other Australian States and also International enthusiasts. Demonstration workshop by a very experienced grower, Mrs. Carmel Browne, at 11.30am. Sale Plants and Refreshments will be available. Open Saturday only 9am-3.30pm. Admission $ 4.00. more info.... Download Flyer (pdf)

10-11 March

The Beaudesert District Orchid and Foliage Society’s “Autumn Show for Orchid and Foliage Plants” Canungra School of Arts Hall in Pine Street, Canungra. Orchids in spectacular bloom, especially native orchids, but also ferns, begonias, bromeliads, aroids, etc., on display. There will also be orchids and foliage plants grown by local society members on sale at reasonable prices. Several local growers will be selling orchids and giving advice while other trade tables will be selling orchid and plant growing accessories and plant products. There will be also a cake and craft stall run by a local organisation. Open Saturday 8am-3pm, Sunday 9am-2pm. A knowledgeable and experienced orchid grower will be speaking on “The Basics for Growing Orchids” at 9am and 11am on the Saturday and from 10.30am on the Sunday. Admission is $3. Refreshments will be available. more info....

15-16 March


Brisbane Garden & Plant Expo. Doomben Racecourse, Hampden Street, Ascot. Stages featuring local guest speakers. Stalls of dedicated plant sellers and related products. Organic and edible gardening, native and non-native plants. Food stalls and entertainment for adults and children. Entry $10/$8 concession (card), children under 15 free. more info....

12 April

Free Sustainable Living Workshop. Mt Coot-tha Library, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, 152 Mt Coot-tha Rd, Mt Coot-tha. Topic: Topiary, standards and other artful pruning. Time: 9.30am-11.30am. Want to learn how to grow a standard bougainvillea, create mop-top topiary or train an espalier? Join ABC Radio gardening presenter Annette McFarlane as she demonstrates how - then make a start on your own creation. To book a place phone the library on Phone: (07) 3403 2550 more info....

14-15 April

Viola’s Patch. Open Garden. 280 Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road, Bahrs Scrub. Come along and experience a beautiful hidden paradise for visitors. Our rambling, extensive garden from tropical to sun-drenched lawns enclosed by perennials was featured on Gardening Australia in October 2015. Plants for sale, propagating demonstration each day at 11:30am, garden walk with Viola at 12:30pm and Children’s competition – every child wins a prize. Refreshments by Soroptimist International. Open: 10am-4pm. Entry: $8 adults, $6 pensioners, $6 concession holders Under 18 Free. more info....

21st April

Free Sustainable Living Workshop. Sunnybank Hills Library, Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown, Cnr Compton & Calam Rds, Sunnybank Hills. Topic: Heirloom Seedsaving and plant swap. Time: 9.30am-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. To book a place phone the library on Ph: (07) 3407 0571 more info....

28-29 April

Coucals Open Garden, 8 Belah Street, Mount Crosby Qld. The garden is 2 acres of temperate and subtropical gardens including Bromeliads, Orchids, Roses, Palms, Bulbs, Mixed Borders, Succulents, Ponds and a Dry Slope with olive trees. There are seating areas to relax and enjoy the garden. Light refreshments will served by the Australian Red Cross (Ipswich Branch) who also benefits from the gate fee. Open: 9am–4pm; $8 entry. more info....

3rd May

Free Sustainable Living Workshop. Wynnum Library, 145 Florence St, Wynnum Qld. Topic: Science for Gardeners. Time:10am-12noon. Botany, soil science, genetics, entomology - gardening is based in science whether you realize it or not. Join ABC Radio gardening presenter Annette McFarlane as she explains how to use scientific understanding to improve your gardening success. To book a place phone the library on Phone: (07) 3403 2199 more info....

19 May

Free Sustainable Living Workshop. Banyo Library, 284 St Vincents Road, Banyo. Topic: Growing Vegetables at Home. Time: 10am-12noon. Would you like to grow vegetables, but you're not sure where to start? 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. To book a place phone the library on Phone: (07) 3403 2200 more info....

26-27 May

Brisbane Plant Collectors Fair. Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium. Open Saturday 8.30am-4pm, Sunday 8.30am-3pm. 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....

13-15 July


Queensland Garden Expo is a ‘must see’ in 2018 for green thumbs and novice gardeners alike. Held in the Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Nambour from 13th to 15th July, this three day expo is Queensland’s premier gardening event attracting 35,000 + 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 over 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 Gourmet Garden stage for some great tips on growing your own produce and turning it into delicious gourmet meals. The ‘Giant Kitchen Garden’ features a totally organic food court with a fully planted sustainable garden constructed onsite. 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. more info....

28-29 July

John Oxley District Orchid Society Inc. Annual Winter Show. Auditorium Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha. This is considered to be one of Brisbane's premier orchid shows. The auditorium will be filled with Australian Native, Species and Hybrid orchids. Potting demonstrations both days at 10am and 1pm. Cultural advise all week-end. Lots of orchid plants and growing accessories for sale. This is the perfect opportunity for photographers. Brisbane City Council bus service to Botanic Gardens, lots of off street parking with disabled parking at the front door. Entry- $4, Children Free. Open Saturday 8.30am-4pm, Sunday 9am-3pm more info....

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