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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.

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 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 $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. 

2023 Events by Date
4-5 March National Palm & Cycad Show, Australia. Brisbane Botanic Gardens Auditorium, Mount Coot-tha Rd, Toowong. Featuring an impressive display of a wide range of native and exotic palms & cycads with many unusual plants such as palms with distinctive red leaves and cycads with blue leaves. And lots of beautiful bromeliads. Books, posters and magazines will also be on display. There will be a massive low-cost plant sale for indoors/outdoors, full sun/shade, feature/screening, fan/tall, rare/common. A great place to indulge your gardening passion. . Society members will be on hand to help you choose the right species for your own garden. Whilst just a dozen varieties of palms are commonly grown in SE Queensland, discover 41 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. Once established they are drought tolerant too. Be different to your neighbours. Lists will be provided at the show. Open Saturday 9am-4pm; Sunday 9am-3pm. Cost: $4 per adult, concession cards $2. Free Parking. more info...
07 March Mt Coot tha Library Garden Presentation. 10am-12noon. Brian Sams will present a session on Propagating plants for the home garden. Feel free to bring along questions or problems for some problem solving as well. The event open to all but please book with library staff by phoning 07- 3403 2550 more info...
25 February Chook Workshop - Burpengary Library, 121 Station Road, Burpengary, 4505. Presented by Claire Bickle this workshop you will learn to how to keep chooks successfully in your backyard. All your questions answered. Time-11am-12.30pm. This is a free workshop. Bookings required on Phone: (07) 5433 2215 more info...
04 March Growing Caladiums Workshop. Holland Park Library. 81 Seville Rd, Holland Park, Qld 4121. Time-1.30pm-3pm. The spectacular colour varieties of caladiums make this seasonal plant a popular choice for gardeners of all skill levels. David Furness will explore the history of caladiums and provide practical tips for how to grow and care for these beautiful plants, drawing on his extensive knowledge working in the commercial nursery sector. To book a place phone the library on Phone: (07) 3403 7755 more info...
11-12 March Beaudesert Districts Orchid and Foliage Society Autumn Show for Orchids and Foliage Plants. Canungra School of Arts Hall 3-7 Pine Street, Canungra, just opposite the fire station. The Show will run from 8.00 a.m. until 3.00 p.m. on the Saturday and from 9.00 a.m. until 2.00 p.m. on the Sunday. Not only will there be a great display of orchid plants participating in the competition but, at this time of year, foliage plants are at their brilliant best after their winter slumber. There will be the usual Plant Sales where many a bargain of quality plants can be found; experts in the field of growing both of these types of plants will be on hand to answer your question re the growing of such plants and tips to novices in the how to get the best out of their plants; pots, bark, perlite and other accessories useful in the growing of plants; various giveaways and regular raffles of plant based products and items. The Show is open 8am-3pm Saturday and 9am-2pm Sunday. Entry is $4.00 per adult and this entitles you to entry on both days. There is plenty of off-street parking, the hall is wheelchair accessible and there will be credit facilities available. more info...
11-12 March West Brisbane Orchid Society Autumn Show. The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, Toowong. The show is a great opportunity to see prize winning orchid flowers and learn more about these fascinating plants. Displays at the show include a wide variety of orchids from some of the best growers in SE Qld. Hundreds of orchid plants for sale at great prices. Demonstrations and advice from experienced growers on topics including nutrient requirements, disease and pest management, repotting and propagation. Supplies for plant growers include pots and plant holders, potting media, fertilizers. Open 8.30am-3.30pm Saturday, 9am-3pm Sunday. Entry: Adults $4.00 - Children free. EFTPOS available. Wheel-chair access. Ample parking.
March 29-April 2 The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show at Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. more info...
1 April Native Plants Market by Native Plants Queensland. Samford Showgrounds, Showgrounds Drive, Highvale via Mt Glorious Rd Samford. Popular and unusual plants for all situations. Growers will advise on plant selection and care. Low prices for all sizes from tubestock to established plants. Expert advice is available and books, brochures and snacks will be on sale. Come and find water-wise and bird, butterfly and bee plants as well as frog friendly flora. Open 9am-3pm. more info...
15 April West End Library Garden Presentation. 11am-1pm. Brian Sams will present a session on Propagating Indoor plants for the home. Feel free to bring along questions or problems for some problem solving as well. The event open to all but please book with library staff by phoning 07- 3403 8620
22-23 April Coucals Open Garden. 8 Belah Street, Mt Crosby, Qld. A beautiful garden set in Brisbane's west. Devonshire teas available, picnics welcome. Plants and orchids for sale at reasonable prices. Supporting the Australian Red Cross (Ipswich Branch) & C & K Roderick Street Community Kindergarten. Time: 9am-4pm. Entry to garden: $10, more info....
27-28 May 2023 AUSTRALIAN BUSHFOOD CONFERENCE. Australian Technology and Agricultural College, 4808-4822 Mount Lindesay Highway North Maclean, Qld, 4280. Hosted by Australian Technology and Agricultural College Queensland Bushfood Association. Supported by Australian Institute of Horticulture. 2023 Theme: Design and Development of Urban Landscapes for Bush Food Production. During the two-day conference, speakers will delve into the following topics through a combination of educational lectures and interactive workshops:
1. Design of urban landscapes for bush food production – including parks, gardens, rooftops etc, while taking into consideration plant selection, Parks, gardens, rooftops, Plant selection. 2. Development and management of Bush foods in the urban environment. 3. Application and use of bush foods - including traditional uses and management. 4. The culinary uses of bush foods.
On Friday 26th May, there will be an opportunity to take part in a bushfoods tour to showcase the local bush food industry. For more information email: TICKETS ON SALE SOON. EARLY BIRD PRICING OFFERED. For assistance booking accommodation for this event, contact Nina du Preez at Travel Partners. Ph 0439 614 562
17 June


Mitchelton Library Garden Presentation. 9.30am-11.30am. Brian Sams will present a session on Sensational Herbs. Feel free to bring along questions or problems for some problem solving as well. The event open to all but please book with library staff by phoning 07- 3403 7410
Friday 7 July
Saturday 8 July
Sunday 9 July
Queensland Garden Expo. Whether you are an experienced gardener or just starting out you will be sure to find something to transform your green space. Queensland’s premier gardening event. You’ll find a wide range of exhibitors, dozens of nurseries as well as several gardening experts sharing their knowledge. Some of Australia’s leading gardening experts take part in our three days program of demonstrations and workshops. Our program of free lectures and demonstrations is spread across a large number of stages every day and covers a vast array of gardening topics. More details to follow soon. Mark the dates in your calendar. more info...
29-30 July


John Oxley District Orchid Annual Winter Show. Auditorium Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha. Displays of Australian Native, Species and Hybrid Orchids. Lots of plants and growing accessories for sale. Great opportunity to increase your collection or start on the rewarding journey of growing orchids. Cultural advise and potting demonstrations both days at 10.00am and 12.00pm. approximately. This is considered one of Brisbane premier orchid shows. Open Saturday 8.30am - 4pm, Sunday 9am - 3pm. Admission $4.00. Off street parking disabled parking at front door BCC bus service to gardens. more info...

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