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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
1st September


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... (Full Program)

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 September

Elanora Spring Fair & Flower Show. Elanora Uniting Church, 17 Applecross Way, Elanora QLD. Cut flower, Floral Art and cooking competitions. Lots of stalls with home made cakes, sweets and delicious morning and afternoon teas and BBQ. A feature this year is a beautiful flowering bonsai display which includes wisteria trees. Entry is free. Entertainment includes dancers from the Coastal Dance School and the Musicians from Elanora State School. Open 8am-1pm

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 gate fee. 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 September


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....

9 September


The Green Heart Fair, Carindale Recreation Reserve – 8am-2pm. 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. To keep Brisbane clean, green and sustainable you should bring a few things to the Green Heart Fair. Join me at Site Number: 59, Eat Your Garden - Q&A with Annette McFarlane & Salad Gardening for Kids. more info....  Site map (pdf)

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....

23 September

The Maryborough Open Gardens are on again 9am-4pm. Free entry to view the 14 gardens with many having plant sales and light refreshments. Stroll through stunning gardens and discover the natural beauty of our charming region. Be inspired as you explore the private gardens of our community's most avid green thumbs. Some of the garden owners will have plant sales, refreshments and demonstrations available, there is plenty to explore. For more information visit the website....  Open Sunday 23rd only

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.

20-21 October

The annual Buderim Garden Festival. This Festival centres around the Buderim War Memorial hall with a spectacular Spring Flower Show of cut flowers, hanging baskets, plants, photographs and novelty displays. This year, the colour “purple” is featured. Festival tickets cost $15 or $2 to the hall entry and surrounds. Tickets are now available at Manawee Nursey, the old Buderim Post Office, Buderim Newsagency or the Bendigo Community Bank in Buderim. A discount to $12 is available for pre-booked groups of 10 or more. Book on 0448714561 or email..... The official opening is on Saturday October 20 at 2pm. On Sunday, October 15, the Raffle will be drawn at 2.30pm and the Festival will finish at the Hall at 3pm. Festival details and the Show Schedule are on the website....

20-21 October

Brisbane Tomato Festival - Friends of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Sherwood Arboretum and heirloom seed champions, The Diggers Foundation, are delighted to announce that they are joining forces to host the first Brisbane Tomato Festival at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha. All things tomato will be on the menu with food stalls and produce sales and featured talks and demonstrations on the speaker’s stage at this wonderful two-day event. The Brisbane Tomato Festival is a free event with lots of activities for families, cooks and gardeners over the weekend, with special heirloom tomato tasting to challenge your taste buds. The festival will feature: Stalls offering tomato-themed food, produce, sauces, pickles and jams for sale, Nurseries selling tomato plants and gardening essentials, Seeds and gardening tools, Gardening gurus on stage with loads of gardening advice, Tomato taste tests, Best-in-Show Competition. more info....

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....

3-4 November

Bromeliad & Tropicals Show & Sales. Belmont Shooting Complex, 1485 Old Cleveland Road, Belmont. Held by the Bromeliad Society of Queensland, over twenty experienced growers will be selling plants from bromeliads and tillandsias to tropical's, indoor plants and succulents. The Society is proud to support the drought-stricken Queensland farmers by donating all proceeds from the Monster Raffle to the Drought Relief Appeal. Try your luck at the Lucky Door Prize and the Saturday draws to win plants and vouchers. Growers and volunteers will be at the event to offer advice with books available for purchase. Admire the plant displays and competition plants where you’ll see these plants at their colourful best. Family friendly with plant-minding and refreshments available. Open Saturday 8am-4pm, Sunday 9am-1pm. Entry $4. Free Parking. EFTPOS available. more info....  

16-20 November


Floressence 2018, Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong. Contemporary botanic art by members; artworks and merchandise available for sale; displays of workshop program; Eva Richards, Artist in residence at the Brisbane City Gardens; Will Smith, Scientific illustrator from the Queensland Herbarium; children's activities; morning and afternoon teas. Open 9 am - 4:30pm (close 12 Noon Tuesday). Entry $3; $2 concession; children free. more info .....   Poster (pdf)

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)

8 December

Free Sustainable Living Workshop. Toowong Library, Level 1, Toowong Village shopping Centre, 9 Sherwood Rd, Toowong. Topic: Growing 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 2590

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