ABC Radio 612 Brisbane
Annette McFarlane every Saturday
6am-7am - Phone 1300222612
Selection of Gardening Talkback
recordings (click here)
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|
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
Sustainability Day. Hillbrook Anglican School, 45
Hurdcotte Street, Enoggera. This is a free community
event held every 2 years with talks on growing vertical
gardens, growing your own food, bee and chook keeping
and sustainabile living and slow fashion. Displays by
community groups, market stalls, e-waste collection,
delicious local food, music and entertainment will be
featured all day. All proceeds to charities & community
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
of Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens Inc.
Sunday with Friends in the Botanic Gardens. As part of
the second annual Botanic Gardens Open Day across
Australia and New Zealand, locals and visitors to the
Sunshine Coast will have a special chance to meet,
greet, relax and eat at the Arts & Ecology Centre
Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Palm Creek
Road, Tanawha, from 8.30 to Lunch. Organised by the
Friends of the Gardens, the morning will include
koala-spotting as well as guided walks, displays and
free information on local plants and wildlife. Learn
fascinating facts about fungi, and find out why our
Gardens are so special. The Friends will offer
refreshments and light lunches, or visitors can bring a
picnic and finish the day relaxing in the tranquil
diversity of our bushland gardens and walking trails.
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.
On The Edge. Maleny Qld.
Garden Market at
Maleny Showgrounds. There will be in excess of 30 stall
holders both inside and outside the Hall displaying and
selling Camellias, Orchids, Tropical Foliage Plants,
Heritage Roses, Staghorns, Australian Native Plants,
Cottage Plants, Geraniums, Heritage seeds and so much
more. Garden Club members will be selling plants and
produce with the Hospital Auxiliary and the CWA
providing refreshments at the various gardens. See PDF
for all details of open gardens etc
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
Leafmore Garden Society Inc. Winter Garden
School. President’s Room, City Golf Club, 254 South
Street, Toowoomba. Speakers program includes Debby
Birach-Mayer, Brian Sams, Tim Rival, Barbara Wickes,
Sophie Thomson, Leo O'Reilly and Anne Gibson.
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Garden & Lifestyle Fair. Old Esk Railway Station,
Pipeliner Park, Esk-Hampton Road, Esk. A real country
garden fair with something for everyone. Enjoy quality
plant and garden related stalls. Speakers featuring Noel
Burdette. Scarecrow contest and display, food, coffee
vans, raffle. Dedicated bus drop off zone, plant creche
and off street parking. Whilst in Esk visit Somerset
Bendigo Art Awards, Esk Quilt & Craft Shows as well as
the Business Scarecrows in town. Open 8am-3pm : Entry
gold coin donation
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).
Caboolture Orchid Society Annual Winter Show. Morayfield
Community Complex, 298 Morayfield Rd Morayfield (Behind Bunnings ) Several Fellow Society Displays, Large Plant
Sales Area, Repotting Demonstrations, Orchid Advise,
Refreshments Available. Free Admission, Good Parking,
Wheelchair Friendly Open Friday and Saturday 9am-4pm,
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
Brisbane Orchid Society. Annual Spring Show.
The Auditorium, Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha Toowong.
There will be an outstanding display of orchids to view
including our own Australian orchids and species from
around the world. Opportunity to buy varied selection of
flowering quality orchids and other plants. Homemade
jams sweets etc for sale. Light refreshments served
including Devonshire Teas. View potting demos and get
Free advice from experts. Saturday 8.30am-4pm. Sunday
8.30am-3pm. Adults $4.00 children under 14 free.
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. Entry $8. Open: 9am–4pm.
Wondai 2017 Spring Garden Expo. Wondai
Sportsground and Lions Pavilion, Bunya Highway Wondai.
Official Opening at 1pm, Guest Speakers on both days.
Entertainment by Geoff & Sue's "Stepping Stones".
Horticultural Show & Displays, Quality Nurseries, Allied
Garden Products, Craft, Decorator and Collector's Items.
Open Saturday 8am-4.30pm, Sunday 8am-1pm. Entry $5 per
person per day, $8 for two day ticket. Children Free.
Bus access and Free parking
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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