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General Notices
  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, Brisbane City. 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 available onsite.

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 displays, knowledgeable speakers and afternoon tea. All welcome. For more information contact Maria 0413587491 or Persis (07)33988352

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.

2019 Events by Date
1-2 March

Night Opening-"Taman Air” Hundscheidt’s garden, Taman Air, is located at 12 Furorie Street, Sunnybank Hills. Adult entry is $10. Children under 16 admitted free of charge. “Beautiful by day, Breathtaking by night!!” The garden features over 300 lights and gas flares. The 12 volt lighting using various wattage using cool and warm white lights creates a totally different ambience to the garden. Open for night viewing 7pm-9pm. Please note these gardens are not wheelchair or pram friendly.

2 March

Logan City Library Workshops. Jimboomba Library. 18-22 Honora Street, Jimboomba. Topic: Naturally native with Annette McFarlane. Time: 9:30am-11am. Do you like the idea of planting native species? Privacy, flowers, perfume, birds, bees, butterflies and habitat - native gardens can provide them all. Join ABC Radio gardening presenter, Annette McFarlane, as she profiles some of the best local and hybrid natives trees, shrubs, groundcovers and vines for local gardens. Bookings essential phone 3412 4190.

2-3 March

The National Palm & Cycad Show, Brisbane Botanic Gardens Auditorium Mount Coot-tha. Impressive displays of native and exotic palms & cycads. Books, posters and magazines for sale. Experts on hand to answer questions 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 41 other varieties that are equally easy to cultivate. This will make their garden quite different to their neighbours and friends. A list will be provided free to all visitors. Also consider growing different varieties of cycads. These have interesting fronds & cones. Plant sales for growing indoors/outdoors, full sun/shade, feature/screening, fan/feather, rare/common, small/medium/tall. So a great place to indulge your gardening passion and make your garden look quite different to your neighbours and friends. Open Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 9am-3pm. Entry cost is just $3 per adult, concession cards $2. more info....

9 March

Free Sustainable Living Workshop. Brisbane Square, Level 1, 266 George Street, Brisbane. Topic: Small Scale and Container Growing. Time: 1:30am-3:30pm. Presented by ABC Radio gardening presenter Annette McFarlane. This workshop explores small space growing options including raised gardens, wicking and self-watering pots, aquaponics, green walls and much more. Booking essential. Phone 3403 9470.

9-10 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. There will not only be many orchids in spectacular bloom, especially native orchids, but also ferns, begonias, bromeliads, aroids, etc., on display. There will be orchids and foliage plants on sale at reasonable prices. Local growers will be 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” 9am and 11am on the Saturday and from 10.30am on the Sunday. Admission is $4. Refreshments will be available. more info....

9-10 March

Bromeliad Extravaganza. Wavell Heights Community Hall 175 Edinburgh Castle Road Wavell Heights Brisbane. Open Saturday 8am-3pm, Sunday 9am-1pm. Free entry.. Ample parking

16-17 March

Queensland Orchid Society Inc Autumn Show. Belmont Shooting Complex 1485 Old Cleveland Rd 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. Two Bears Ceramics. Light refreshment available. Open Saturday 8.30am-3.30pm, Sunday 8.30am-3pm. Entry $4.00 Children Free. more info....

23 March

The Seed Exchange-Caboolture Library, 4 Hasking Street, Caboolture. Seed Talk 10am-11am. Seed Exchange 11am-1pm. Diversify your seed collection with The Seed Exchange at Caboolture Library. Create your own seed pockets from recycled books, exchange your tokens for seeds and come early for an inspiring morning tea talk about native seed collection and germination with Warwick Hill from CREEC. Swap your seeds for tokens prior to the event from Friday 15 March to Friday 22 March at Caboolture Library. more info....

23 March

Salvation Army plant sale, sausage sizzle and carwash. 12 Coal St Bundamba. Huge plant sale many half price. Advanced Cordylines $5, Ferns in hanging pots $7, Roses $10, Gerbera's $5 just to name some. Many more plants, flowers, shrubs, potting mix and sugar cane mulch also available at bargain prices. Get your car washed and while you wait grab a sausage sanga and a drink. Open 8am

30 March

Free Sustainable Living Workshop. Garden City Library, Level R4 - Yellow Car Park Garden City Shopping Centre Cnr Logan Road &, Kessels Rd, Upper Mount Gravatt. 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 7745

30-31 March

Eastern District Orchid Society Inc 53rd Autumn Show. Belmont Shooting Complex, 1485 Old Cleveland Road, Belmont, Qld (entering via Old Cleveland Road). Visitors will be presented with an amazing display of orchids of many different genera, from all over the world. The spectrum of colour is a sight to behold. Our Plant Sales Area will have a fantastic array of both species and Hybrid Orchids for Sale, many of them in flower. There will also be beautiful Floral Arrangements available for Sale. The EDOS Inc Craft Stall will also have many bargains available. You will also be able to purchase your potting supplies – everything from pots, labels and pest control to bark. Potting Demonstrations will be running all weekend, and there will also be Cultural Advice available from many of our experienced and knowledgeable orchid growers. Refreshments will also be available during the weekend. Open Saturday 8.30am-4pm, Sunday 8.30am-3 pm. Admission price is $4.00 for adults, with Children under 14 years Free. more info....

6 April

Free Sustainable Living Workshop. Mitchelton Library, 37 Heliopolis Parade, Mitchelton. Topic: Seed Saving Workshop. Time: 1pm-3pm. Keen to learn how to save seeds from your own garden. Join Annette McFarlane to learn the theory and undertake practical seed saving tasks. Number limited. Booking essential. Phone 3403 7410.

6-7 April

Wickes Open Garden. 8 Roms Court, Buderim. Barb and Rex Wickes started with a blank canvas twenty years ago, and carefully built on their vision of a garden formed around a central axis with an extended outdoor living space of sweeping lawns interspersed with garden beds and gravel paths. The plan was to mix subtropical with cool climate plants to create a cottage-style garden. This has resulted in a stunning collection of salvias, old-fashioned roses, perennials, bulbs, fragrant climbers and herbs. A noted feature of the large garden is the grove of tropical birch (Betula nigra) and several swamp cypress (Taxodium distichum). Other deciduous trees such as Chinese tallow tree (Sapium sebiferum) and Nyssa sylvatica add to autumn colour. A lily-filled dam and dry-stone walls, made with local stone from the Glasshouse Mountains, add further distinction to the garden. The Wickes’ garden, which features many unusual plants, is a source of information for visitors looking to create a subtropical cottage garden. This opening will be the last opportunity to view the Wickes garden as the owners are planning on selling in the not too distant future. Entry cost is $10 and refreshments will be available. A large selection of cottage garden plants will be for sale and members of The Perennial Poppies Group will be available to chat to visitors. Some funds from the weekend will benefit the Katie Rose Cottage Hospice. Open 10am-4.30pm on both days. Admission $10 (under 18 free). ABC story available....

6-7 April

Bromeliad & Tropicals Show & Sales-Autumn 2019. Genesis Christian College, Youngs Crossing Road, Bray Park QLD. Come spend the weekend exploring bromeliads and tropical plants where garden inspiration is everywhere at the Bromeliad & Tropicals Show & Sales. Over twenty experienced growers will be selling plants from bromeliads and tillandsias to tropicals and indoor plants. The Society is proud to support local schools by donating all proceeds from the Monster Raffle to the Pine Rivers Special Schools Horticultural Program. Growers and volunteers will be at the event to offer advice with books available for purchase. Admire the plant displays and competition plants where you’ll see these plants at their colourful best. Family friendly with plant-minding and refreshments available. Opening times are Saturday 8am-4pm, Sunday 9am-1pm. Cost is $4 and gives you entry into the lucky door prize. more info....

6-7 April

Queensland Council of Garden Clubs. Umbrella organisation of over 120 Garden Clubs in Queensland. Premier Event of the year. Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Toowong. Floral Art, Flowers, Fruit, Club Competition and Gardeners to offer information about Gardening Clubs and growing your favourite plants. Open Saturday 10am-3.30pm, Sunday 9am-3pm. Plenty of free parking. Entry $3.00 Children Free. Refreshments. Plants for sale at reasonable prices. more info....

13 April

Free Sustainable Living Workshop. Fairfield Library, Fairfield Gardens Shopping Centre, 180 Fairfield Rd, Fairfield. Topic: Growing Orchids. Time: 1.30pm-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 8615

20 April

South Burnett Orchid Society Annual Show. Wondai RSL Hall, Mackenzie St, Show. Open Saturday 9.30am-3pm, Admission $3 per person and The Wondai Regional Art Gallery April Showing, Sponsored by Wondai Garden Expo Inc. more info....

20-21 April

Wondai 2019 Autumn Garden Expo. Wondai Sportsground & Lions Pavilion, Bunya Highway, Wondai. Discover the diversity of gardening in Queensland's best backyard. Quality stalls of all descriptions for garden and home. Horticultural Show, Photography competition and special display. MultiDraw raffle with great prizes. Guest speakers & entertainment on both days. Open Saturday 8am-4.30pm, Sunday 8am-1pm. Expo Admission: Adults $5 per day or $8 for 2-day pass, under 15 free. Parking Free. more info....

20-21 April

Easter Open Garden. "The Shambles" 85 westyern Avenue, montville Qld. Plant stall and refreshments. Open 9am-4pm. Admission $6 children free, books CDs available for donation see. VBenefits Western Qld. drought appeal. more info....
27-28 April

Open Garden-Coucals Garden, 8 Belah Street, Mount Crosby Qld. Open Garden with light refreshments served by the Australian Red Cross (Ipswich Branch) who also benefits from the gate fee. Plants will be for sale. Entry $10. Open: 9am–4pm. more info....

27-28 April

Pine Rivers Garden and Plant Fair. Pine Rivers Show Grounds, 757 Gympie Road, Lawnton. Held inside the show ring, the Fair is focussed on gardens and plant lovers of all types with 60 sites to choose from. We will have cottage garden favourites, small trees, large trees, shrubs, seedlings, herbs, succulents, orchids, bromeliads, natives, pots, dove cotes, carnivorous plants and more. Garden talks will be provided by Arno King, Russell Young, Carol Kerkin, Barbara Wickes and many others. Food will be available. Live music will be in the marquee nearest the food. The QGGC are providing the plant crèche again this year. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Fairies in the garden is the theme this year. Wear your wings and win a prize. Cost of admission $5 with children under 15 free. Open Saturday 8.30am-4.30pm, Sunday 8.30am-2.30pm. more info....

10-11 May

Marburg Show Society is holding a Giant Pumpkin Growing competition as part of the 2019 Show celebrations – and I will be helping with the judging!. Atlantic Giant Pumpkin Seeds are available via the Marburg Show Society Facebook page. The heaviest pumpkin wins $1000, with 2nd and 3rd placed pumpkins taking home $500 and $250 respectively. Entries close May 3rd. Entry fee $5. Come all school and community gardeners - get planting! Entry to show Friday: Adults, Pensioners, Students-$6. Children under 11 Free. Saturday: Adults-$15. Pensioners/Seniors $12. Children 11 to 17-$12 and under 11 Free. Cars $3. more info.... 

11 May

Aspley Orchid Society Show. Community Hall, 179 Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights, Qld. Display of flowering orchids, ferns and foliage. Floral arrangements, plants and all orchid growing requirements on sale. (EFTPOS available in plant sales). Potting demonstrations and cultural advice Light refreshments. Off street parking. Supporting the Aspley Special School. Open 8am-4pm. Entry $4. U/16 free. more info....

11 May

Native Plants Queensland Annual Sale. Grovely TAFE, parking off Woking St via Dawson Parade. There will be a huge diversity of native plants from popular favourites to rare or unusual plants and you will find a native plant for every garden situation. Plants are very reasonably priced and available in sizes from tubestock to advanced. Expert advice on plants selection and care for all garden situations is available from growers and members of Native Plants Queensland. Many of our specialist growers produce plants that are not available in commercial nurseries. Entry is free and refreshments will be available, as well as free information flyers and books will be on sale. Open 9am-3pm. more info....

12 May

Mother’s Day Plant Spectacular Atherton International Club, Kennedy Highway Atherton. A wide variety of flowering and foliage plants from rainforest to desert. New release and unusual plants. Experienced growers with local knowledge to answer all your questions. Great gift ideas for Mum. Ample parking. Fantastic raffle prizes. Free tea and coffee. Open 8am-3pm. Free Entry.

26 May

Queensland Herb Society Inc. Herb Awareness Fair. Albion Peace Hall, 102 McDonald Road, Windsor.
For everyone who wants to learn more about growing and using herbs. This year we are focussing on the full, rich and diverse flavour of herbs. If you like cooking or eating then your tastebuds will not want to miss this fair! Join us for a fascinating day of herbal discovery. In addition to the usual huge array of herbs and herbal products for sale, we will feature entertainers and herbal experts speaking and demonstrating on the use of herbs with a focus on flavour. Discover a large variety of medicinal and culinary herbs and plants for sale. Browse a wide variety of stalls with herbal products including preserves, coffee, teas, spices, skincare, bush foods, wines and all sorts of yummy delights. 1 DAY ONLY. Open 9am-3pm. Free entry. more info....

1-2 June

Brisbane Plant Collectors Fair- Rocklea Showgrounds, Cnr Ipswich Road and Goburra Street, Rocklea. A unique gardening event with a strong focus on rare , unusual and difficult to find plants from around the world, sold by local and interstate growers and retailers. Open Saturday 8.30am-4pm, Sunday 8.30am-3pm. Entry $7 (children under 15 free). poster download (pdf) 

8-9 June

Gardening On the Edge. Maleny Showgrounds, 13 Maleny Stanley River Road, Maleny. Six display gardens one of which is the "Incredible Edible" garden at Green Harvest, Witta. Plant stalls, teas & lunches, a garden market with specialist plant and produce stalls, camellia flower display, homemade refreshments and a raffle to support the Maleny Hospital. Open 9am-4pm both days. more info....  Download Poster

15 June

Esk Garden & Lifestyle Fair. Old Esk Railway Station, Pipeliner Park, Esk-Hampton Road, Esk. A real country garden fair, something for everyone...enjoy. quality stallholders, numerous plant and garden related stalls. Speakers including Paul Plant and Claire Bickle as well as food and coffee, excellent raffle prizes, bus drop zone & plant crèche. Open Saturday 8am-3pm. Entry Gold Coin donation.

22-23 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. Show is in aid of 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.

12,13,14 July

Queensland 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. More information coming soon....

13,14 July

John 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.

20 July

Free 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

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