ABC Radio 612 Brisbane
Annette McFarlane every Saturday
6am-7am - Phone 1300222612
Selection of Gardening Talkback
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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
- 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
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.
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 displys, 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
2017 Events by Date|
1st & 8
Living Workshops Northey Street City Farm. Corner of
Northey and Victoria Streets, Windsor, Brisbane. In this
practical course learn the simple clues to the secrets
life of plants for: Good Companions, Crop Rotation, Seed
Saving & Propagation, choose the best herbs and vegies
for each season and soil type. Learn to select good
fruit trees. Experienced teacher Carmel Harris will show
you the classic botanical ways to recognise plant
families, how & when to grow successfully in our climate
and learn to select good fruit trees. Week 1: The first
workshop will focus on food families for seed saving &
seed propagation. Week 2: The second workshop will focus
on food families grown foe cuttings, bulbs, division
etc. Cost $85 ($65 concession) plus Eventbrite booking
fee. For full workshop details
Click Here.... or
ph (07) 3857 8775
Sustainable Living Workshop.
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
Eastern District Orchid Society Autumn Show.
Bayside United Church Hall, 420 Wondall Road, Manly
West. Open Saturday 8.30am-4pm, Sunday 10am-3pm.
Displays of quality plants and flowers, Floral Art
arrangements for sale and craft stalls. Refreshment
available and daily raffles. Expert advice on hand from
experienced growers. Admission $4 children under 14
Ipswich Garden Spectacular, Autumn Orchid Show
presented by the Ipswich Orchid Society and Ipswich
Bromeliad Society. Silkstone State School Prospect
Street Silkstone. Plant sales orchids, broms, Australian
Native plants Cactus & Succulents, Hoya, Floral Art
&Craft Table Potting Demonstrations and Cultural Advice,
Bus trips welcome. Open Saturday 8.30am-4pm & Sunday
8.30am-2pm. Proudly Supporting the Ipswich Hospital
Special Care Nursery.
Queensland Council of Garden Clubs, umbrella
organisation of over 120 Garden Clubs is pleased to
announce "A Garden A Fair" 2017. Venue is the
Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Toowong. It is
our 50th Anniversary. To celebrate: Entry is FREE. We
will have all the usual competitions, Floral Art, Cut
Flowers, Foliage, Container Plants, Home Grown Produce
and a Club Competition. There will be a fabulous Raffle,
and Delicious Refreshments. There will also be some
great Stalls selling home made jams and chutneys, as
well as crafts, flowers and potted plants. Open Saturday
10am-4pm and Sunday 9.30am-3pm.
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
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
Info Sheet (pdf)
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
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
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
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
Planting Festival - held over the Queensland Labour
Day long weekend – features over 200 artists and
presenters, over 200 shows, across 25 venues, which all
combine to make up The Festival Village. The Planting is
an annual three-day cultural event, a festival
celebrating innovation in the arts, humanities and earth
sciences. It started out as community tree planting
weekend some 22 years ago, where volunteers took part in
regenerating the festival’s five-hundred-acre home,
Woodfordia. By day they planted, by night they partied.
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
Australian Native Plants Queensland Market Day.
Grovely TAFE, via Woking St, Grovely. A wide variety of
Native Plants, from popular to unusual, will be
available at very low prices. Expert advice from the
growers and NPQ members, on all aspects of plant
selection and care will assist you. Many plants are
suitable for suburban gardens and small areas or
containers. Sizes from tubes to large pots give a great
range of reasonable pricing. Most plants are not
available at commercial nurseries - so come and select
wonderful Australian native plants for all situations,
especially waterwise ones, or pond, butterfly food and
bush tucker plants. There will be books and information
available as well as light refreshments. Open 9am-3pm.
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. Open 8am-4pm Saturday
and 8am-3pm Sunday.
Aspley Orchid Society Celebrating Mothers Day show.
Community Hall, Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights.
Display of flowering orchids, ferns and foliage. Plants
and floral arrangements for sale. Pots, labels,
fertilizers & all growing requirements on sale. EFTPOS
available for plant sales only. Light refreshments
available. Potting demonstrations and cultural advice.
Ample parking, wheelchair access. Open 8am-4.30pm. Entry
$4 under 16 free.
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
The Bonsai Society of Queensland, 30th Australian
Association of Bonsai Clubs Convention and Exhibition.
Royal on the Park Hotel, 152 Alice St, Brisbane City.
The Exhibition is open to the public and will display
the pick of Bonsai from SE Qld . Entry fee is $5
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.
Logan West Library, 69 Grand Plaza Drive, Browns Plains.
Topic: Heritage Gardening and Heirloom Plants. Time:
10am-12noon. What are heirloom and heritage plants? Put
simply, they are plants that have been handed down from
one generation of gardeners and farmers to the next.
Join Annette for a lively discussion on seed saving of
heirloom flowers and vegetables and heritage fruit trees
for Australian conditions. To book a place phone the
library on Ph: 07 3412 4160 or
Gardens of Hampton. James and Barbara McGeogh,
Emaho Trees, 507 Ravensbourne Dip Road via Tessman Road,
Hampton - Trish and Adrian Allan, Blue Hills Garden,
Deeth Road, Crows Nest - Glennys and Col Seccombe,
Palmtree Road Farm, Hampton.
The Queensland Herb Society Annual Herb Awareness.
Albion Peace Hall, 102 McDonald Road, Windsor, Brisbane.
An event for everyone who wants to learn more about
growing and using herbs. Herbs and plants for sale. Free
demonstrations and talks. Open 9am-4pm. Entry free
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.
Cactus & Succulent Society of Qld Inc. present
the 40th Cactus & Succulent Show at Mt. Coot0tha Botanic
Gardens auditorium. Displays, competition, lots & lots
of big & small quality plants for sale including rare &
unusual ones (EFTPOS available) and members on hand for
help and advice on growing succulents. Open Saturday
9am-3.30pm, Sunday 9am-3pm. Entry $4 (children under 14
Qld Camellia Society - Annual Show Albion Peace
Hall, 106 McDonald Rd Windsor. more
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. Proceeds of the show donated to 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
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)
for further information
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
www.qldgardenexpo.com.au for tickets and program details
(as they become available).
Oxley District Orchid Society Inc Annual Winter Show.
Auditorium, Botanic Gardens, Mount Coot-tha Road,
Toowong. There will be an extravaganza of orchid flowers
on display with potting demonstrations and cultural
advise. Lots of orchid plants and growing accessories
for sale. Plenty of off street parking with disabled
parking at the front door. Brisbane City Council runs a
bus service to the botanic gardens. Light refreshments
are also available for purchase. Open Saturday
8.30am-4pm, Sunday 9am-3.30pm. Entry: $4
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:
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