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  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 displys, knowledgeable speakers and afternoon tea. All welcome. For further information contact the Secretary-Ann McFadyen Ph:07 3276 7223

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
24 February


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.

24-25 February

Bromeliad Extravaganza. Community Hall, 175 Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights, Brisbane. Open Sat 8am-3pm, Sunday 9am 2pm

3rd March

Queensland 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 $ 4.00. more info.... Download Flyer (pdf)

7 March

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: Gold coin donation. Speaker info   more info...

10-11 March

The 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. more info....

10-11 March

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. more info....

10-11 March

National 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 Parking. more info....

15-16 March


Brisbane 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 15 free. more info....

30-31 March

The 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 Children free. more info....

12 April

Free 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 more info....

14-15 April

Viola’s 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. more info....

14-15 April

"A 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.

21st April

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 more info....

28 April

Redlands 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 Hospital Auxiliary. website...

28-29 April

Coucals 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. more info....

28-29 April

Pine 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. more info....

3rd May

Free 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 more info....

12th May

Aspley 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. more info....

19 May

Free 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 more info....

26-27 May

Brisbane 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. more info....

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.

13-15 July


Queensland 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. more info....

28-29 July

John 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, Sunday 9am-3pm more info....

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