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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 email@example.com,
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 displays, knowledgeable
speakers and afternoon tea. All welcome. For more
information contact Maria 0413587491 or Persis
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|
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.
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
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
All infomation is
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Site map (pdf)
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
poster download (pdf)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Open Sunday 23rd only
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Extravaganza. Wavell Heights Community Hall 175
Edinburgh Castle Road Wavell Heights Brisbane. Open
Saturday 8am-3pm, Sunday 9am-1pm. Free entry. Ample
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
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.
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
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
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.
& 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.
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 .....
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.
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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