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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 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.

2018 Events by Date
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.

18 August


The Annual Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibition. Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong. The theme is "The Energy of Sogetsu". The exhibition provides the opportunity for the Sogetsu practitioners to promote this Japanese art to the general public, using arrangements, demonstrations and hands on classes. Pupils and Teachers of Sogetsu Ikebana will provide individual and group arrangements and qualified teachers will take tours of the exhibition to explain the art form and its application in the various arrangements. Open Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 9am-4pm. Entry $4.  more info....

18-19 August

Aussie Native Orchid Show, Kabi Group. Tom Petrie Room, Strathpine Community Centre, 199 Gympie Road, Strathpine. Our Society will have the best possible display of Australasian orchids which should thrill not only the orchid enthusiast but also the general public. The ANOS (Qld) Kabi Group Inc. actively promotes the conservation and the preservation of our orchid heritage. Through our show we hope to educate the general public and let them see the wide range of colours, shapes and sizes that exist in our own orchids. Of course the very flashy ‘King Orchid’ will be there but does the public know that there are six different varieties of ‘King Orchids’? There will be orchids and orchid supplies for sale, ranging from seedlings to plants in flower. People purchasing plants will be given cultural advice. Light meals are available. Free Parking available off Mecklem St. Open Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 9am-2pm. Entry Adults $3, Children under 12 free. more info....

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 August

Free Sustainable Living Workshop. Wynnum Library, 145 Florence St, Wynnum Qld. Topic: Phalaenopsis Orchids. Time:1.30pm-3pm. Presented by David Furness. Learn all about growing these beautiful flowers. To book a place phone the library on Phone: (07) 3403 2199

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.

1st Sptember


Please just tell me what to eat! Caboolture Memorial Hall 61-65 King Street, Caboolture, Queensland 4510. Anthony will be speaking on 1 September 2018 at 9.15 am to talk us through the mindfield of human nutrition including fats and why they are good for us, the confusion around "good fats/bad fats", why too much carbohydrate consumption can be detrimental to our health, chronic diseases resulting from our lifestyles and how we can improve our health by making simple dietary changes. Tickets are $25.00. All proceeds of the talk go to Meals on Wheels. For further information please contact Kylie on 0411 767 308. Book now...

1st September

Redlands Orchid Society Spring Charity Show. Donald Simpson Centre, 172 Bloomfield Street, Cleveland. Doors are open from 8.30am-3pm. Entry $3.00 for adults and free for children. As well as a stunning display of Orchids there will be sales of orchids and everything needed to grow them plus potting demonstrations and cultural advice. There will be a craft stall, raffles, and light refreshments. more info....

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 September

Free Sustainable Living Workshop. Coopers Plains Library, 107 Orange Grove Road, Qld. Topic: Phalaenopsis Orchids. Time:10am-11.30am. Presented by David Furness. Learn all about growing these beautiful flowers. To book a place phone the library on Phone: (07) 3403 1530

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....

8-9 Sptember


Beaudesert Districts Orchid and Foliage Society Spring Show. Canungra School of Arts Hall, 3-7 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 also be orchids and foliage plants grown by local society members on sale at reasonable prices. A commercial growers will be selling orchids and other foliage plants while other trade tables will be selling orchid growing accessories not generally available to the hobby grower. There will be also a cake and craft stall run by a local organisation. The show runs from 8am-3pm on the Saturday and from 9am-2pm on the Sunday. 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 $3.00. Refreshments will be available. more info....

14 September

HortiCouture. Japanese Gardens at Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha. Horti-Couture is an annual creative event highlighting the versatility of plants as interpreted by various artists and expressed in wearable form. Using fibre, textile and mixed media, artists sculpt works to be worn, however temporarily, with plant material ranging from very raw forms to more processed material, using flowers and leaves as either dye media or embellishments. Browse the stunning art work for purchase and vote for your favourite outfit. Enjoy tranquil surrounds, a scrumptious morning tea, multi-prize raffle, lucky door prize AND good company. Funds raised are donated to the renovation of the Children’s Trail in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha. Tickets include event entry, substantial morning tea and the wearable garden being modelled live. Tickets are limited to only 120 and are now available for purchase from at $60.00 each. poster download (pdf)

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.

15-16 September

Native Plants Queensland. Wildflower Show and Native Plants Market. Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Auditorium. Superb displays of wildflowers. Expert advice from growers. Popular rare plants available. Displays by local eco groups. Enty $3. Open Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 9am-3pm. more info....

15-16 September

Eastern District Orchid Society Inc Spring Show. Belmont Shooting Complex, 1485 Old Cleveland Road, Belmont Qld. There will be plenty of signage to show the way. Thousands of Orchid plants for sale as well as potting demonstrations and cultural advice from Club growers. Purchase your Orchid growing products, browse the Craft table, take part in the raffle and have some light refreshments before you buy one of the Floral Art arrangements to take home. Doors are open Saturday 8.30am-4pm, Sunday 8.30am-3pm. Entry is $4.00 & children under 14 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....

22-23 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....

21-30 September

Wondai Spring Garden Expo. Wondai Sportsground & Lions Pavilion. Bunya Highway, Wondai. Horticultural Show and Display. Quality Stalls of All Descriptions for Garden and Home. Guest Speakers & Entertainment. MultiDraw Raffle with Great prizes! Open Sat 8am-4.30pm, Sun 8am-1pm. Entry Adults $5.00. more info....

22-23 September

Open Garden-Tani Tei En. 519 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Valley. Beautiful acreage property with magnificent Japanese Garden with cherry blossom trees. 9am-4.30pm both days. Parking on road. $5 entry. No public Transport.

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....

13-14 October

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

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....

20-21 October

Orchid Species Show. Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Auditorium. Be captivated by a display of orchid species from Australia and other parts of the world, some rare and near extinction. As well as the displays, orchids will be available for sale and experts will be on hand to provide advice on orchid culture. Entry $4.00. Open Saturday 8.30am-4pm and Sunday 9am-3.30pm.

27-28 October

North Moreton Qld Orchid Council Inc; Summer Orchid Show. The Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Toowong. Admire displays of beautiful orchids and browse the sales tables. Help always on hand to give growing advice on your purchase or those you already own. Learn how to repot your orchids in demonstrations held throughout the show. Buy all your orchid growing needs at the trade tables. Light refreshments for sale. Free parking onsite. Open Sat 8.30am-3.30pm, Sun 8.30am-3pm. Entry: Adults $4, Children under 14 years free. more info....

24-25 November

The International Cordyline Society’s Tropical Foliage Festival 2018. The Belmont Shooting Complex, 1485 Old Cleveland Road, Belmont. Rare plant auction Saturday morning. Guest speakers Saturday. Monster plant raffle. Plant display. We have organised an incredible variety of tropical foliage plants including new release , rare plants and old favourites, offering the best quality cordylines, bromeliads, gingers , costas, heliconias , orchids ,palms and much more. Experienced growers and garden experts on hand to answer your questions. The event will be fully catered. Open Saturday 8am-3pm, Sunday 9am-2pm. Admission – Adults $3.00 Children Free. Free Parking. EFTPOS available. more info....(pdf)

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