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Upcoming Events, South East Qld, Australia & New Zealand-Major Garden and Flower Shows

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.

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, mob 04 109 439 89 if you wish to use an existing garden bed.

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 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
Sunday 3rd June

Green Heart Fair. 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 more info....

9 June

Free 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 more info....

9-10 June

Maleny 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 available. more info....  Poster

9-10 June

Cactus & 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. more info....

16 June

Esk 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. more info....

22-24 June


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 and Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 1pm-4pm.

24 June

The 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.

7 July

Free 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 not. Time: 10am-12noon. Presented by ABC Radio gardening presenter, Annette McFarlane. To book a place phone the library on Phone: 07 3407 0258 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....

21-22 July

Toowoomba 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). more info....

22 July


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 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....

4 August

Festivalley-Steiner 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.

19 August

Free 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 more info....

25-26 August

North 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.

25-26 August

Logan & District Orchid Society Annual Orchid Show, Springwood Road State School, Springwood. Open Saturday 8.30am-4pm, Sunday 8.30am-2pm. Admission $4

26 August

Brisbane 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.

6-9 September

Miles 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 Challenge'. All infomation is here...

8-9 September


Coucals 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. more info....

14-15 September

The 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.

16 September

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 more info....

16 September

Botanical 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. more info....

21-30 September

Toowoomba 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. more info....

29-30 September

Floral 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. more info.... 

13-14 October

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 Free. more info....

20 October

Free 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 more info....

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