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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 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
2018 Events by Date|
Support Melanoma Research. I would
love you to join me in support of Melanoma Research on
February 24 (2-4pm) at the CWA Hall Main Street,
Samford. Tickets $20 each includes a workshop, afternoon
tea, prize draws and a discount card for nursery
purchases. Places are limited and bookings essential.
Phone Samford Valley Garden Centre on 3289 3577. All
proceeds go direct to Melanoma Research.
Bromeliad Extravaganza. Community Hall, 175 Edinburgh
Castle Road, Wavell Heights, Brisbane. Open Sat 8am-3pm,
Sunday 9am 2pm
Begonia Society. “Colour your world with Begonias”
is the title for the 2018 Annual Show. Auditorium, Mt.
Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. This is the largest and only
show of Begonias in Queensland. Species begonias which
originated in various parts of the world will be
featured along with many outstanding hybrids created by
keen begonia growers from Queensland, other Australian
States and also International enthusiasts. Demonstration
workshop by a very experienced grower, Mrs. Carmel
Browne, at 11.30am. Sale Plants and Refreshments will be
available. Open Saturday only 9am-3.30pm. Admission $
Download Flyer (pdf)
Wildlife Preservation Society of Qld -
Downfall Creek Bushland Centre 815 Rode Road, Chermside
West UBD Ref: Map 119 F16. Brisbane North invite you to
join us for a bushfood cuppa and networking at 6.30pm.
At 7.00pm Robert Whyte will give a presentation on
Sensational Spiders. Copies of his book A Field Guide to
Spiders of Australia co-authored by Greg Anderson will
be available for sale. PLEASE RSVP: Roman Buzianczuk:
email@example.com Gold coin donation.
Beaudesert District Orchid and Foliage Society’s
“Autumn Show for Orchid and Foliage Plants” Canungra
School of Arts Hall in Pine Street, Canungra. Orchids in
spectacular bloom, especially native orchids, but also
ferns, begonias, bromeliads, aroids, etc., on display.
There will also be orchids and foliage plants grown by
local society members on sale at reasonable prices.
Several local growers will be selling orchids and 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” at 9am and
11am on the Saturday and from 10.30am on the Sunday.
Admission is $3. Refreshments will be available.
22nd Colour on Parade annual Show. Wavell Heights
Community Hall, Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights.
The show will again
feature dahlias as well as floral art, roses, pot
plants, cut flowers, and orchids. There will be
competitive entries for all these sections, which will
attract local exhibitors as well as exhibitors from Ipswich , Stanthorpe, Byron Bay, Caboolture and more. The
Show usually attracts in excess of 600 entries,
including some two hundred dahlia blooms, with varieties
ranging from the giant decorative to the miniature
pompon types. This, together with other horticultural
exhibits and floral art displays will create a floral
spectacular in the hall. The show will be open from
12noon-3.30pm on Saturday and 9am-3.30pm on Sunday.
Palm & Cycad Show, Brisbane Botanic Gardens
Auditorium Mount Coot-tha. Impressive display of a wide
range of native and exotic palms & cycads. Books,
posters, magazines, membership. Ask the experts. Whilst
just a dozen varieties of palms are commonly grown in SE
Queensland, discover 38 other varieties that are equally
easy to cultivate. Times: Open Saturday 9am-4pm; Sunday
9am-3pm. Cost: $3 per adult, concession cards $2. Free
Garden & Plant Expo. Doomben Racecourse, Hampden
Street, Ascot. Stages featuring local guest speakers.
Stalls of dedicated plant sellers and related products.
Organic and edible gardening, native and non-native
plants. Food stalls and entertainment for adults and
children. Entry $10/$8 concession (card), children under
Queensland Orchid Society Easter Show. Mt Coot-tha
Botanical Gardens Auditorium. Magnificent display of
orchid blooms. Orchids for sale and growing products for
sale. Potting demonstration , Raffles and light
refreshment will be available. Open 8.30am-3.30pm
Friday, 8.30am-3pm Saturday. Admission Adults $4.00
Sustainable Living Workshop. Mt Coot-tha Library,
Brisbane Botanic Gardens, 152 Mt Coot-tha Rd, Mt Coot-tha.
Topic: Topiary, standards and other artful pruning.
Time: 9.30am-11.30am. Want to learn how to grow a
standard bougainvillea, create mop-top topiary or train
an espalier? Join ABC Radio gardening presenter Annette
McFarlane as she demonstrates how - then make a start on
your own creation. To book a place phone the library on
Phone: (07) 3403 2550
Patch. Open Garden. 280 Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road,
Bahrs Scrub. Come along and experience a beautiful
hidden paradise for visitors. Our rambling, extensive
garden from tropical to sun-drenched lawns enclosed by
perennials was featured on Gardening Australia in
October 2015. Plants for sale, propagating demonstration
each day at 11:30am, garden walk with Viola at 12:30pm
and Children’s competition – every child wins a prize.
Refreshments by Soroptimist International. Open:
10am-4pm. Entry: $8 adults, $6 pensioners, $6 concession
holders Under 18 Free.
Garden A Fair" The Queensland Council of Garden Clubs
is the umbrella organisation of over 120 Garden clubs
throughout Queensland, from Cairns in the north down to
Tweed Heads in the south. Once again our premier garden
event of the year will be held at the Auditorium, Mt
Coot-tha Botanic Gardens in Toowong Saturday 10am-4pm.
Sunday 9am-3pm. There will be many competition sections
to view including: floral art, cut flowers and foliage,
container plants, home grown produce and a club
competition. We will have a fabulous raffle with many
prizes and delicious refreshments to sustain you through
the day. This year we will also have some great stalls
selling home made jams and chutneys, as well as crafts,
flowers and potted plants, and friendly advice on
gardening problems and local garden club information.
Entry is FREE.
Sustainable Living Workshop. Sunnybank Hills Library,
Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown, Cnr Compton & Calam Rds,
Sunnybank Hills. Topic: Heirloom Seedsaving and plant
swap. Time: 9.30am-11.30am. Keen to save seed from
plants in your garden? Interested in heirloom vegetables
and garden plants? This workshop provides tips for
saving pure seed lines and demonstrates dry and wet seed
cleaning. If you save seeds or have cuttings to share,
bring them to swap with others. Presented by ABC Radio
gardening presenter, Annette McFarlane. To book a place
phone the library on Ph: (07) 3407 0571
Bromeliad Society of Queensland invites you to the
Autumn show, the Bromeliad & Tropicals Show & Sales.
There w be thousands of plants for sale and free advice
from growers. Genesis Christian College Sports Hall,
Youngs Crossing Road, Bray Park QLD. Access only from
the southbound lanes of Youngs Crossing Road. There will
be a variety of plants for sale from over twenty
experienced growers including bromeliads, tropicals and
succulents. Plants will be refreshed throughout the
event. Cash and EFTPOS accepted. Rare Plant Auction for
the serious collectors on the Saturday. Raffle and the
lucky door prize. Open Saturday 8am-4pm, Sunday 9am-1pm.
Entry $4 per person. Free entry for BSQ members. For
garden clubs/societies, discounts are available for
Orchid Society Autumn Show. Donald Simpson Centre,
172 Bloomfield Street, Cleveland. As well as a stunning
display of flowers there will be orchid plants and
growing products for sale, potting demonstrations,
cultural advice, raffles, Art & Craft stall and light
refreshments. Open 8.30am - 3pm. Entry is $3.00 for
adults, children free. This Show benefits the Redland
Open Garden, 8 Belah Street, Mount Crosby Qld. The
garden is 2 acres of temperate and subtropical gardens
including Bromeliads, Orchids, Roses, Palms, Bulbs,
Mixed Borders, Succulents, Ponds and a Dry Slope with
olive trees. There are seating areas to relax and enjoy
the garden. Light refreshments will served by the
Australian Red Cross (Ipswich Branch) who also benefits
from the gate fee. Open: 9am–4pm; $8 entry.
Rivers Garden & Plant Fair. Pine Rivers Show Ground
"The Show Ring", 757 Gympie Road, Lawnton, Qld. Plant
sales, garden equipment, specialty products, plant
crèche, food stalls, face painting, entertainment,
leashed dogs allowed. Guest Speakers: Noel Burdette,
Claire Bickle, Russell Young, Annette Irish, Carol
Kerkin and more. Decorate your hat and be in the running
for a prize, see our page for details of other
competitions or give aways. BYO Bags. Open Sat
8.30am-4pm and Sun 8.30am-2.30pm. Entry: $5 for 1 day $8
for 2 days.
Sustainable Living Workshop. Wynnum Library, 145
Florence St, Wynnum Qld. Topic: Science for Gardeners.
Time:10am-12noon. Botany, soil science, genetics,
entomology - gardening is based in science whether you
realize it or not. Join ABC Radio gardening presenter
Annette McFarlane as she explains how to use scientific
understanding to improve your gardening success. To book
a place phone the library on Phone: (07) 3403 2199
Orchid Society May Show. Community Hall, 179
Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights. Wonderful display
of flowering orchids, ferns and foliage. Plants, floral
arrangements and all orchid growing requirements on
sale. Potting demonstrations and cultural advice. Light
refreshments available. Entry $4. Under 6 admitted free.
Off street parking. Wheelchair access. Open 8am-4.30pm.
Sustainable Living Workshop. Banyo Library, 284 St
Vincents Road, Banyo. 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 2200
Plant Collectors Fair. Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
Auditorium. Open Saturday 8.30am-4pm, Sunday 8.30am-3pm.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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