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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
The Aspley Special School and Kingfisher Community Garden is
reconvening in 2018 with a series of fortnightly workshops/working bees,
commencing Saturday 3 March, Kingfisher Centre, Dorville Road, ASPLEY
4034, 9-11am. Come along, or contact Alison Hawe on firstname.lastname@example.org,
mob 04 109 439 89 if you wish to use an existing garden bed.
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 further
information contact the Secretary-Ann McFadyen Ph:07
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
2018 Events by Date|
Sunday 3rd June
7th Brigade Park, Chermside.
Joint Annette McFarlane at 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. Fair goers are treated to heaps of fun
activities and entertainment throughout the day with a
jam-packed schedule. Open 9am-3pm
Sustainable Living Workshop. Everton Park Library,
561 South Pine Rd, Everton Park. Topic: Sensational
succulent gardening. Time: 1pm-3pm. Succulents are a
diverse group of easily grown, water-wise plants that
are equally suited to novice gardeners, those who are
time poor 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. To book a place phone the
library o Phone: 07 3403 7400
Garden Club's "Gardening on the Edge" is an annual
event which offers opportunities to visit six gardens,
participate in a garden market (20 stalls), talk to
experts and view a beautiful camellia flower display.
The gardens are open between 9am and 4pm on the 9 and 10
June, 2018. Costs is $20 to visit the 6 gardens, $12 for
3 gardens and $5 for 1 garden. Teas and lunches are also
& Succulent Society of Queensland Inc. Annual Show.
Mt. Coot-tha Botanic Gardens auditorium. Displays of
Cacti and other Succulents, decorative and rare plants
from the arid regions of North and South America, Africa
and Madagascar, and many other regions of the world.
Information, Cultural Advice, Book Sales, Refreshments,
1000's of plants for sale (EFTPOS available) Admission
adults $5.00 & children under 14yrs free.
Garden and Lifestyle Fair. Old Railway Station in
Pipeliner Park, Esk. Valley of the Lakes Garden Club
anticipate 3,000 enthusiastic people from all over south
east Queensland to attend this not to be missed
gardening event. The event will feature Guest Speakers
Annette McFarlane, Alison Alexandra and Paul Hains. A
highlight of this event is the Scarecrow competition.
All visitors have a chance to participate by voting for
the People's Choice. The well known Esk Community Choir
will also be performing on the day. The parkland creates
a wonderful ambience to spend a day in the country
enjoying their great hospitality whilst viewing all
those wonderful things that you may like to add to your
garden. This year's event will feature some 50 quality
exhibitors, that will all have a great variety of
products for sale, numerous plant stalls stocked with
great value plants, and everything from unique garden
features to fertlizers. Open 8am-3pm for a gold coin
donation. There is also plenty of off-street parking in
Pipeliner Park on the Esk-Hampton Road.
Redcliffe Floral and Art Festival, St Peter the
Fisherman Anglican Church, 13 Lucinda St Clontarf. Free
community event of floral displays and installations and
paintings by Redcliffe Art Society members on the theme
of Australia. Devonshire teas, raffles, piano and organ
entertainment, live bush band. Disabled access from 13
Hill Parade. On site and street parking available.
Public transport Maine St with Translink. Open Friday
10am-4pm, Sunday 1pm-4pm.
Queensland Camellia Society. Mount Coot-tha Botanic
Gardens. Guest speakers, Large range of plants for sale,
Beautiful camellia displays, Questions welcome, Lunch
and morning tea available. Open Sunday 9am-3pm. Adults
$4, Members and Children free.
30 June -1st July
North Moreton Qld Orchid Council Inc Charity Spectacular
Orchid Show. The Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Botanic
Gardens, Toowong. Admire displays of beautiful orchids
and browse the sales tables. Learn how to repot your
orchids in demonstrations throughout the show. Help
always on hand to give cultural advice on your purchase
or those you already own. Buy all your orchid growing
needs at the trade tables. Light refreshments for sale.
Show in aid of our charity Be Uplifted, a breast cancer
support group. Open Sat 8.30am-3.30pm, Sun 8.30am-3pm.
Entry: Adults $4, Children under 14 years free. Public
transport available. Free parking onsite.
Sustainable Living Workshop. Kenmore Library,
9 Brookfield Rd, Kenmore Hills. Topic: Science for
Gardeners. Botany, soil science, genetics, entomology -
gardening is based in science whether you realize it or
10am-12noon. Presented by ABC Radio
gardening presenter, Annette McFarlane. To book a place
phone the library on Phone: 07 3407 0258
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.
Camellia Show and Garden Expo. TAFE Horticultural
Centre, Campbell Street, Toowoomba (enter via Campbell
St). Camellia judging, camellia display, over 40 plant
and other gardening stalls, nonstop entertainment, guest
speakers, food stalls, open garden. Open 9am-4pm. Entry
$8. Huge parking area (free).
Sustainable Living Workshop. Carindale Library,
Westfield Carindale Shopping Centre, 1151 Creek Road,
Carindale. Topic: Growing Vegetables at Home. Time:
1pm-3pm. 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 3407 1490
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,
School Fair. 5 Narrawa Drive, Wights. FestiValley,
the school’s biannual fair, is a magically enriching
festival set in the bushland grounds of Samford Valley
Steiner School. We are planning a wonderful day of
activities, entertainment and mouth-watering food.
Sustainable Living Workshop. Chermside Library, 375
Hamilton Road, Chermside. Topic: Growing Fruit at Home.
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm. Do you long to pick your own
fresh lemons, limes or oranges straight from the garden?
Whether you have a balcony or backyard, this workshop
will provide all the information you need to grow
productive fruit trees in your home garden. Presented by
ABC Radio gardening presenter, Annette McFarlane. To
book a place phone the library on Phone: 07 3403 7200
Brisbane Orchid Soc. Inc. Auditorium Botanical
Gardens Mt. Coot-tha Toowong. Displays of benched
Orchids, potting demos lots of flowering plants for
sale. Art and Craft homemade goodies, jams, cakes etc.
Free advice and help on orchid culture given by experts.
Light refreshments also available including popular
Devonshire Teas. Free parking and wheel chair access.
Open Saturday 8.30am-4pm and Sunday 8.30am-3.30pm.
Admission Adults $4 and children under 16 Free.
& District Orchid Society Annual Orchid Show,
Springwood Road State School, Springwood. Open Saturday
8.30am-4pm, Sunday 8.30am-2pm. Admission $4
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.
back to the bush Festival. Get 'Back to the Bush'
this September and experience an eclectic mix of vintage
and country lifestyle in Miles! Here's just a taste of
what's on the full 4-day program... Walk amongst the
wildflowers, self-guided tour. Bring your own treasures
to our antique & collectables expert in residence. Join
a farm or tag-along fishing tour. Be at main stage for
live music Saturday night! See tractors do some crazy
stuff at the Tractor Pull! Get into the country cooked
meals and heritage activities at our famed Miles
Historical Village! Plus Vintage Aircraft, Back to the
Bush Markets, Artwork Exhibition & 'Tough Bugger
All infomation is
Open Garden. 8 Belah Street, Mount Crosby. Light
refreshments will served by the Australian Red Cross
(Ipswich Branch) who also benefits from the gatfee.
Light refreshments will served by the Australian Red
Cross (Ipswich Branch) who also benefits from the gate
fee. Open: 9am-4pm. Entry $8.
Gold Coast District Orchid Society 2018 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.
The show will be open Friday 8am-4.30pm and Saturday
8am-3pm. The venue is wheel chair friendly with plenty
of parking for buses and cars. Admission is $4.00 for
Adults and children under 12 are free.
Sustainable Living Workshop. Brisbane Square
Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane. Topic: Growing
Deliciously Different Fruits & Veg. Time: 11am-1pm. 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 ABC Radio
gardening presenter Annette McFarlane to learn how to
grow and use these and other edibles. To book a place
phone the library on Phone: (07) 3403 4166
Bazaar-Country Paradise Parklands, 231
Beaudesert-Nerang Road, Nerang. A community garden
festival where naturally wild, urban gardening and
nature lovers connect. Educating and inspiring nature
enthusiasts of all ages, come and see more then 90 green
exhibitors plus celebrity gardener talks,
demonstrations, botanical art and kids nature
activities. Learn how to grow your own food, urban and
small space gardening, using medicinal herbs and
sustainable living concepts. Explore plant nurseries and
landscape designs, garden materials and tools, organic
beauty products and botanical home wares and even the
Beekeeping Society open day. Enjoy a relaxing day
amongst the community gardens with the live music and
delicious food. Open 9am-4pm. Cost: $15 Adults, Kids
Free. Contact event for group discounts. Parking on
site: $5 or free street parking available.
Carnival of Flowers is a cultural party featuring a
floral parade, local food and produce, regional wine,
entertainment and all things spring! So come along and
entice your senses at the iconic Grand Central Floral
Parade, Ergon Energy Food and Wine Festival, Heritage
Bank Live Concert Series, Pictures in the Park and many
more. Program will be coming soon.
Art Society of Queensland, Open Show “Razzle
Dazzle”. Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha
Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha. Enjoy the Floral Designs on
display, design demonstrations throughout both days.
Children can make their own arrangements for free. Cost:
$4 (school children free). Open 9.30am-3.30pm.
Queensland Orchid Society Inc Spring Show. New
venue at International 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 for sale.
Orchid accessories on sale. Potting Demonstrations.
Light refreshment available. Open Saturday
8:30am-3:30pm, Sunday 8:30am-3pm. Entry $4.00 Children
Sustainable Living Workshop. Garden City Library,
Westfield Garden City, Cnr Logan and Kessels Road, Upper
Mt Gravatt. 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 7745
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