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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
Due to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) please check with the organisers that this event is going ahead.

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
Due to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) please check with the organisers that this event is going ahead.


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:
Due to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) please check with the organisers that this event is going ahead.


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.
Due to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) please check with the organisers that this event is going ahead.

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
Due to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) please check with the organisers that this event is going ahead.

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.
 Due to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) please check with the organisers that this event is going ahead.

2020 Events by Date
7 March

Marsden Library. 35 Chambers Flat Rd, Marsden. 10am-12noon. Organic vegetable gardening. Everyone can grow vegetables successfully given the right advice. Join Annette McFarlane to discover how to create rich soil, and ensure your vegetables thrive. Learn seasonal planting and pest control tips including preferred varieties for our region. Bookings essential phone (07) 3412 4180

7-8 March

The National Palm & Cycad Show. Brisbane Botanic Gardens Auditorium Mount Coot-tha. Show goers will get a list of 20 palms that are drought tolerant. Once established, cycads are drought tolerant too. As usual, there will be an impressive display of native and exotic palms & cycads. There will be books, posters and magazines. Ask the experts about the suitability of specific palms & cycad for your garden. You’ll also see unusual palms with, for example, distinctive red leaves and cycads with amazing blue leaves. Also see 41 other varieties of palms that are equally easy to cultivate. Plants for sale for all situations. Open Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 9am-3pm. Entry $3 per adult, concession cards $2. Lots of free parking. more info....

14 March


Free Sustainable Living Workshop. Holland Park Library, 81 Seville Road, Holland Park. Topic: What insect is that?. Time: 10am-12noon. Organic gardening is all about balance. Learn how to identify good insects and encourage them to live in your garden. Discover simple organic methods to discourage destructive pests. Presented by ABC Radio gardening presenter Annette McFarlane. Bookings essential. Phone (07) 3403 7755 to reserve your place.

14-15 March

Beaudesert Districts Orchid and Foliage Society 2020 Autumn Show. Orchids and Foliage Plants at the Canungra School of Arts Hall, Canungra School Acc, Canungra QLD 4275. Adult entry is $4.00 per person and this will allow you to enter on both days. Not only will there be a grand display of orchids and foliage plants vying for Grand Champion Orchid Plant and Grand Champion Foliage Plant but there will be a guest speaker speaking on all things "orchid" from about 9.30am and 11am on the Saturday and from about 9.30am on the Sunday. There will also be plant sales of quality orchids and foliage plants at a reasonable price and the availability of all sorts of orchid and foliage plant growing accessories. Light refreshments will be available and there is plenty of off-road parking. Open 8am-3pm Saturday and 9am-2pm Sunday. For further information follow us on Facebook at Beaudesert Districts Orchid and Foliage Society.

25-29 March

The 25th anniversary of the Melbourne International Flower & Garden. Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens. All details available at

28-29 March

West Brisbane Orchid Society's Autumn Show. Auditorium, Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. Plant sales, sales of fertilizers, pots etc. Advice on growing orchids, and light refreshments, and of course a wonderful displays of flowering orchid plants. Admission: $4.00 (cash) (adults); children (under 16) free. Open Saturday 8:30am-3:30pm, Sunday 9am-3pm.
Due to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) please check with the organisers that this event is going ahead.

4 April

ANOS- Qld Kabi Inc. Orchid Society. Kabi is holding its inaugural show. Albany Creek Community Centre, 15 Ernie St, Albany Creek QLD. We encourage the growing and conservation of orchids from Australia and the surrounding region aiming to showcase the magnificent Cooktown Orchid. There will also be a range of other orchid species and hybrids on display and for sale. Open 9am-4pm. more info....

8 April

Free Sustainable Living Workshop. Ashgrove Library, 87 Amarina Avenue, Ashgrove. Topic: Topiary, standards and other artful pruning. Time:1pm-3pm. 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. Bookings essential. Phone (07) 3407 1940

18-19 April

Viola’s Patch. 280 Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road, Bahrs ScrubNeil and Viola of Bahrs Scrub are avid gardeners who have opened their garden to the public for charity since the year 2000. Featured on Gardening Australia in 2015, thousands have come through the front gates and experience a beautiful hidden paradise. For those who return every year 2020 will hold some new horticultural surprises. Quota Beenleigh the beneficiaries of the opening hope the crowd will come again this year to spend the day roaming at leisure or be a part of a guided walk with Viola. There are propagating demonstrations, guided walks, refreshments and Children are welcome. Entry $8.00 adults Under 18 Free. Opening Times 10am-4pm. more info....

18-19 April

Bimer Bonsai Club Inc. Bonsai Show 2020. Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium. Items for sale bonsai, semi trained plants, bonsai pots, tools, wire, all accessories and books. Majestic bonsai on display. Demonstrations 10am and 1pm. Bonsai raffle to be won. Open Saturday 9am–5pm, Sunday 9am–4pm. Admission $3.00 (Children under 15 free when accompanied by an adult) more info...
Due to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) please check with the organisers that this event is going ahead.

18-19 April

Coucals Open Garden, 8 Belah Street, Mount Crosby Qld. Plants and orchids will be for sale at reasonable prices. Light refreshments will be served by the Australian Red Cross (Ipswich Branch) who also benefits from the gate fee. Open: 9am-4pm; $10 entry. more info....

2-3 May

Queensland Orchid Society Inc. Autumn Orchid Show. Belmont 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. Supporting Queensland Children Hospital. Open Saturday 8:30am-3:30pm, Sunday 8:30am-2:30pm. Entry $4.00 Children free. more info....
Due to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) please check with the organisers that this event is going ahead.

9-10 May

Queensland Rose Society’s Autumn Rose Show? Auditorium at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha. The show will be held over the Mothers’ Day weekend. Mum will love the sight and scent of hundreds of colourful, fragrant blooms, all in one location. Throughout the show, there will be friendly and experienced rose growers from the Queensland Rose Society on hand to answer your questions, and give you advice about which are the best roses to grow in Queensland and how to care for them. This will be a great opportunity to view a wide variety of roses, and decide which ones you like best. There will be cut roses, potted roses and gardening products for sale, as well as a variety of ‘rosy items’ and refreshments. Perfect gifts for mum! Free parking is available. Opening hours are Saturday 11.30am-4pm, Sunday 9am-2.30pm. Entry $4, children under 12 free. more info....

7 June

GreenHeart Fair 7th Brigade Park, Newman Road, Chermside – 9am-3pm. Brisbane City Council’s Green Heart Fair is 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. See Annette McFarlane at the fair for her presentations and Q&A at her stand all day. more info....
Due to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) please check with the organisers that this event is going ahead.

13-14 June

The Maleny Gardner Club is again holding "Gardening on the Edge". This fabulous weekend offers a range of activities for locals and visitors. The flyer contains full details. Garden trail maps will be available closer to the event. Flyer download (pdf)

20 June

Esk Garden & Lifestyle Fair. Old Esk Railway Station, Pipeliner Park, Esk-Hampton Road, Esk. A real country garden fair, something for everyone...enjoy. Quality stallholders, numerous plant and garden related stalls. Speakers including Kate Wall, Spencer Shaw and Shane Christensen (Chainsaw Sculptor Carver) as well as food and coffee, excellent raffle prizes, bus drop zone & plant crèche. Open Saturday, 8am-3 pm. Entry Gold Coin donation. Plenty of free off street parking. more info....
Due to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) please check with the organisers that this event is going ahead.

27-28 June

North Moreton Queensland Orchid Council Inc. Charity Spectacular Orchid Show. Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha Auditorium. Many varieties of orchids will be on display and for sale, as will a range of ferns and foliage. Potting demonstrations will be done over the two days. Experts always on hand to give cultural advice. Wide range of fertilizer, pots and horticultural supplies on sale. EFTPOS available for plant sales. Light refreshments and craft for sale. Tour buses are welcome. Show is in aid of QCWA Public Rural Crisis Fund. Open Saturday 8.30am-3.30pm and Sunday 8.30am-3pm. Entry: Adults $4.00 Children under 14 years free. Access by public transport available. Free parking onsite. more info....
Due to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) please check with the organisers that this event is going ahead.

10-12 July

Queensland Garden Expo is a ‘must see’ in 2020 for green thumbs and novice gardeners alike. Held in the Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Nambour this three day expo is Queensland’s premier gardening event attracting 40,000 + 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 and more plants with over 55 nurseries represented and more than 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 The Cook’s Garden stage for some great tips on growing your own produce and turning it into delicious gourmet meals. The ‘Giant Kitchen Garden’ features a fully planted sustainable garden constructed onsite, be sure to head there to learn how to start your own veggie patch. 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 and Landscape Gardens. more info....
Due to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) please check with the organisers that this event is going ahead.

18 July

Coopers Plains Library, 107 Orange Grove Road, Coopers Plains. Topic: Small Space Gardening. Time: 10am-12noon. Small spaces require creative thinking, but with a little planning and some good plant choices, you can create your own private oasis. Join Annette McFarlane to discover how to create attractive courtyard, balcony and patio gardens. Bookings essential. Phone (07) 3403 1530
Due to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) please check with the organisers that this event is going ahead.

1 August

Arana Hills Library Grand Re-opening. Details to follow...

2 September

Rotary Club of Cleveland, Charities Function to benefit: Mater Hospital Cleveland, Motor Neuron Disease QLD, DonateLife QLD. Venue: Rainforest Gardens Mount Cotton. Time:10am-12noon. Annette McFarlane will be presenting for this charity event. Please consider supporting. This is a ticketed event. Details to follow...

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