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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.

Monthly Meetings
Bimer Bonsai Club Inc has its monthly meeting on the first Saturday of the month except January. If you are new to bonsai and would love to increase and share your knowledge or are just curious you are welcome to attend. We meet at the Wavell Heights Community Hall in Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights. Meetings may include a guest demonstrator, display of members trees and workshops. We run a skills and knowledge course every year starting in July for anyone who wants assistance. For more info https://bimerbonsai.org.au/ or ph. Tony on 0405 137 996
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 $10.00 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. 
2024 Events by Date
10-11 February Aspley Orchid Society Summer Show. The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha, Toowong. Many orchid varieties will be on the benches and for sale. Cultural information and trade table with all your growing needs - fertilizer, pots, growing media etc. EFTPOS available. Light refreshments for sale. Wheel-chair access. Ample parking. Open Saturday 8am-3.30pm; Sunday 9am-3pm. Adults $4.00, children under 16 years free. Public transport available. more info...
23rd February
to 3rd March
The Stanthorpe Apple & Grape Harvest Festival on every two years and celebrates the harvest of all produce from the Granite Belt Region! Held over 10 days it attracts tens of thousands of visitors. The Stanthorpe Apple & Grape Harvest Festival is one of Queensland’s longest running and most successful Festivals! All information available on their website...
2-3 March National Palm & Cycad Show. Brisbane Botanic Gardens Auditorium Mount Coot-tha. Open Saturday 9am–4pm; Sunday 9am–3pm. Cost: $4 per adult, concession cards $2. Free Parking. Featuring: 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. Also, consider growing different varieties of cycads. These have interesting fronds & cones. They can be small, medium & large and are generally very hardy. more info...  FB...
23rd March Native Plants Queensland will be holding its famous Native Plants Market at 'The Barn' Samford Showgrounds, off Mt Glorious Rd, Highvale. Open 9am-3pm. There will be a huge number and variety of plants for sale, from popular to rare, trees to groundcovers, bushfood and butterfly attracting and all at very reasonable prices. Expert advice is available from growers and members of Native Plants Qld on plant selection and care. Plants are available in tubes or advanced stock. Books on native plants of South East Queensland are also on sale and snacks are available to buy. more info...
20-24 March The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. Melbourne's premier garden show. Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens. All details are available at https://melbflowershow.com.au/
April 20-21 Coucals Open Garden. Coucals Garden, 8 Belah Street, Mount Crosby. 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. The Australian Red Cross (Ipswich Branch) and C & K Roderick Street Community Kindergarten will benefit. Devonshire teas available and picnics are welcome Plants and orchids for sale. $10 entry. Open: 9am-4pm. more info...
4,5,6,7 July 2024 Queensland Garden Expo extending to 4 days. Queensland Garden Expo is a ‘must see’ in 2024 for green thumbs and novice gardeners alike. Held in the Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Nambour from 4th to 7th July, this four-day expo is Queensland’s premier gardening event attracting visitors from all over Australia. Some of Australia’s leading gardening experts take part in three days of lectures, demonstrations, and workshops. more info to follow...Qld Expo website

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