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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.

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.

2019 Events by Date
4 May

Redlands Orchid Society Inc Charity Autumn Orchid Show. Donald Simpson Centre, 172 Bloomfield Street, Cleveland. As well as a stunning display of flowers there will be orchids and orchid growing products for sale, potting demonstrations, cultural advice, raffles, craft stall, and light refreshments for sale. Entry is $3.00 for adults, children free. Open 8.30am-3pm. more info....

4-5 May
11-12 May
18-19 May

Darebin Council Backyard Harvest Festival. The Backyard Harvest Festival is a celebration of home food growing traditions, and gives residents the opportunity to learn from passionate and knowledgeable local food experts from a diversity of cultures. The Backyard Harvest Festival has inspired home gardeners since it first began in 2011. Home food gardens are open for tours and workshops, to help build a strong sense of community around homegrown and homemade food. Tickets now available to the 2019 Backyard Harvest Festival! The festival is being held on the following weekends: 4-5, 11-12, 18-19. There are 19 garden tours and workshops to attend, with four new gardens included in this years program, as well as old favourites to get you inspired to grow your own fresh healthy food. Tips on seedling propagation, keeping chickens, quails and bees, fruit tee maintenance and grafting and natural pest management. As well as productive gardening and native bee workshops, especially designed for families. Tours runs from between 60-90 minutes, and cost $10 ($5 concession). Where possible events which are a comfortable riding distance apart have been schedules to follow one another, so why not leave the car at home and plan a fun day out riding between gardens. Take advantage of our $8 ticket ($4 concession) offer when you buy tickets to three or more events in one transaction. To access this offer, refer to the list of events below, then click here to purchase a package of three or more events. more info....

10-11 May

Marburg Show Society is holding a Giant Pumpkin Growing competition as part of the 2019 Show celebrations – and I will be helping with the judging!. Atlantic Giant Pumpkin Seeds are available via the Marburg Show Society Facebook page. The heaviest pumpkin wins $1000, with 2nd and 3rd placed pumpkins taking home $500 and $250 respectively. Entries close May 3rd. Entry fee $5. Come all school and community gardeners - get planting! Entry to show Friday: Adults, Pensioners, Students-$6. Children under 11 Free. Saturday: Adults-$15. Pensioners/Seniors $12. Children 11 to 17-$12 and under 11 Free. Cars $3. more info.... 

10-11 May

Noosa District Orchid & Foliage Society Inc. CWA Hall, Maple St, Cooroy. Celebrating the 2019 Annual Mother's Day Show. Raffles, plant sales and expert advice on orchids. Open Friday 8.30am-4pm, Saturday 8.30am-2.30pm. Admission $3.00 adults. Children under 16 years free. Eftpos available. BYO Bags and Boxes.

11 May

Aspley Orchid Society Show. Community Hall, 179 Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights, Qld. Display of flowering orchids, ferns and foliage. Floral arrangements, plants and all orchid growing requirements on sale. (EFTPOS available in plant sales). Potting demonstrations and cultural advice Light refreshments. Off street parking. Supporting the Aspley Special School. Open 8am-4pm. Entry $4. U/16 free. more info....

11 May

Native Plants Queensland Annual Sale. Grovely TAFE, parking off Woking St via Dawson Parade. There will be a huge diversity of native plants from popular favourites to rare or unusual plants and you will find a native plant for every garden situation. Plants are very reasonably priced and available in sizes from tubestock to advanced. Expert advice on plants selection and care for all garden situations is available from growers and members of Native Plants Queensland. Many of our specialist growers produce plants that are not available in commercial nurseries. Entry is free and refreshments will be available, as well as free information flyers and books will be on sale. Open 9am-3pm. more info....

12 May

Mother’s Day Plant Spectacular Atherton International Club, Kennedy Highway Atherton. A wide variety of flowering and foliage plants from rainforest to desert. New release and unusual plants. Experienced growers with local knowledge to answer all your questions. Great gift ideas for Mum. Ample parking. Fantastic raffle prizes. Free tea and coffee. Open 8am-3pm. Free Entry.

18 May

Free BCC Sustainability Workshop - Growing Fruit at Home with Annette McFarlane. Coopers Plains Library, 107 Orange Grove Road, Coopers Plains. Time: 10am-12noon. Learn what fruit is best for backyard growers and container production. Fertilisers, pest control, pruning and more covered in this practical workshop. Bookings essential. Phone 3403 1530. more info...

25 May

Look How We Have Grown! Our volunteer guides are celebrating 30 years since the commencement of the guiding program at the City Botanic Gardens, 147 Alice Street, Brisbane City. Come along and view displays of botanic art, learn about the history of the City Botanic Gardens, listen to tales from the guides, enjoy a special guided walk, learn more about the first Curator, Walter Hill and much more. Meet at the Rotunda. No bookings required. For more information call 07 3403 2535.

26 May

Look How We Have Grown! Celebrate 30 Years of Volunteer Guiding at Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha, 152 Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong. Our Volunteer Guides are celebrating 30 years since the commencement of the guiding program at the gardens. Come along and view displays, listen to tales from the guides, enjoy a special guided walk, take a tour of the Australian Plant Community Garden and much more. 10am-4pm. This event is free. For more information call 07 3403 2535

26 May

Queensland Herb Society Inc. Herb Awareness Fair. Albion Peace Hall, 102 McDonald Road, Windsor.
For everyone who wants to learn more about growing and using herbs. This year we are focussing on the full, rich and diverse flavour of herbs. If you like cooking or eating then your tastebuds will not want to miss this fair! Join us for a fascinating day of herbal discovery. In addition to the usual huge array of herbs and herbal products for sale, we will feature entertainers and herbal experts speaking and demonstrating on the use of herbs with a focus on flavour. Discover a large variety of medicinal and culinary herbs and plants for sale. Browse a wide variety of stalls with herbal products including preserves, coffee, teas, spices, skincare, bush foods, wines and all sorts of yummy delights. 1 DAY ONLY. Open 9am-3pm. Free entry. more info....

1-2 June

Brisbane Plant Collectors Fair- Rocklea Showgrounds, Cnr Ipswich Road and Goburra Street, Rocklea. A unique gardening event with a strong focus on rare , unusual and difficult to find plants from around the world, sold by local and interstate growers and retailers. Open Saturday 8.30am-4pm, Sunday 8.30am-3pm. Entry $7 (children under 15 free). poster download (pdf) 

2 June

Green Heart Fair, 7th Brigade Park, Chermside. Brisbane's biggest northside sustainability fair. Join Annette McFarlane for a presentation on Native plants for pots and small suburban gardens'. Pick up your free BCC native plants at the fair. Food, games for children, community groups and sustainable and organic stand holders. Free family fun. Open 9am-3pm. more info...

8-9 June

Gardening On the Edge. Maleny Showgrounds, 13 Maleny Stanley River Road, Maleny. Six display gardens one of which is the "Incredible Edible" garden at Green Harvest, Witta. Plant stalls, teas & lunches, a garden market with specialist plant and produce stalls, camellia flower display, homemade refreshments and a raffle to support the Maleny Hospital. Open 9am-4pm both days. more info....  Download Poster

12-13 June

Leafmore 10th Winter Garden School, Toowoomba City Golf Club, South Street, Toowoomba, Queensland. Two day gardening school featuring very impressive gardening presenters covering a wide range of topical issues in gardening, with an interesting variety of trade stalls and multi-draw raffles with fabulous prizes. Lunch and morning tea included in the ticket price. Presenters include Millie Ross from Gardening Australia, Linda Brennan from Ecobotanica and Mike Wells, ABC Southern Queensland gardening presenter. more info....

15 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 Paul Plant and Claire Bickle as well as food and coffee, excellent raffle prizes, bus drop zone & plant crèche. Open Saturday 8am-3pm. Entry Gold Coin donation.

22-23 June

North Moreton Queensland Orchid Council Inc. Charity Spectacular Orchid Show. Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha Auditorium. Many varieties of orchids, ferns and foliage plants will be on display and for sale. Throughout the day, potting demonstrations will be done with experts on hand to give advice. Wide range of fertilizer, pots and horticultural supplies on sale. Light refreshments available. Tour buses are welcome. Show is in aid of Be Uplifted Inc., a breast cancer support group. 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.

24 June

Floral Art Society of Qld Inc. Friendship Day. Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha. Floral Art Society of Qld welcomes everyone to join us in Friendship at our annual Friendship Day! Bring some friends and enjoy a morning amongst the flowers with member Floral Designs on display and a demonstration by special guest demonstrator Amanda Meads from "The Flower School". Time: 9.30am. Cost: $7 includes entry, tea/coffee on arrival, lucky door ticket and a light lunch. RSVP by Friday 21st June to 0412 735 483 (Heather) or via email

4 July

Free gardening workshops with Annette McFarlane. Gympie Library, 8-14 Mellor St, Gympie 4570. Native Plants for Gympie Gardens (10.00am - 11.30am). Practical Seed Saving (1.30pm - 3.30pm). Please select one workshop only. Bookings essential. Phone 5481 0859 more info...

12,13,14 July

Queensland Garden Expo is a ‘must see’ in 2019 for green thumbs and novice gardeners alike. Held in the Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Nambour from 12th to 14th July, 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, 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. Annette McFarlane will be speaking on the following days/times at the Expo: Friday 9am Poinciana Stage; 1pm Jacaranda Stage. Saturday 11am Poinciana Stage; 1pm Jacaranda Stage. Sunday 9am Poinciana Stage; 11am Seed Saving Workshop; 1pm Jacaranda Stage  more info...

13,14 July

John Oxley District Orchid Society Inc. Annual Winter Show. Auditorium Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha. Displays of species orchids from around the world, our own native orchids and numerous hybrids. Potting demonstrations daily at 10am and 1pm. Cultural advice all week-end from some of Brisbane’s best orchid growers. Lots of plants and growing accessories available for sale. Brisbane City Council runs a bus service to the venue and there is lots off street parking, plus disabled parking at the front door. Light refreshments and floral arrangement featuring orchids are available at great prices. Open Saturday 8.30am-4pm, Sunday 9am-3pm. Entry $4.00 children under 14 are free.

20 July

Free BCC sustainability workshop - Growing Vegetables at Home with Annette McFarlane. Mt Ommaney Library, 171 Dandenong Rd, Mt Ommaney, 4074. Time: 10am-12noon. Discover how to have succeed with vegetable growing using organic methods. Learn what to plant when and simple organic pest control methods. Bookings essential. Phone 3407 7010 more info...

20 July

Free Sustainable Living Workshop. Corinda Library, 641 Oxley Rd, Corinda. Topic: Growing Orchids. Time: 1pm-2.30pm. Phalaenopsis orchids are among the most popular indoor plants in the world, and with the right care will provide many years of enjoyment. In this seminar, commercial orchid grower David Furness will discuss the origin and background of the Phalaenopsis orchid and share top tips for how to help these stunning plants to thrive. To book a place phone the library on Phone: (07) 3403 8888

4 August

Botanical Bazaar. Country Paradise Parklands, Nerang. Botanical Bazaar is the Gold Coast Garden Festival where naturally wild, urban gardeners and nature lovers connect. The festival is set to educate and inspire nature enthusiasts of all ages. See a huge variety of green exhibitors plus family activities, workshops and educational talks by celebrity gardeners and horticulture experts. Join Annette for her informative presentation and have all your gardening questions answered in person. Learn hints and tips about growing your own food, urban and small space gardening, sustainable living concepts, health and medicinal herbs. Explore plant nurseries, garden materials and tools, botanical beauty and health products and botanical home wares. Enjoy a relaxing day amongst the community gardens with live music, delicious food and drinks and don’t forget to check out our Pop Up Garden Bar! Botanical Bazaar is proudly partnering with Rotary Gold Coast who are helping to make this festival a truly community driven day, with profits raised going back into community. Festival Tickets $15.00. Some talks included in entry price and other workshops are ticketed events. Avoid the queues and purchase your ticket online today! more info...  

  Logan and District Orchid Society Annual Orchid Show. Springwood Road State School, 94-120 Springwood Road Springwood Qld. Orchids for sale as well as bromeliads, potting demonstrations, light refreshments available. Open Saturday 8.30am-4pm, Sunday 8.30-2pm. Plenty of parking. Wheelchair and bus friendly. $4 entry.
17-18 August

North Brisbane Orchid Society Annual Show. Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Rd, Toowong. Open Saturday 8.30am-3.30pm and Sunday 8.30am-3pm. There will be a magnificent display of the orchid entries, plants and cultural supplies for sale, potting demonstrations and cultural information from experienced growers, a raffle to be drawn on the Sunday and refreshments available at reasonable prices. Entry is $4.00 for adults and children under 14 are free.

24 August

How to Garden Organically with Annette McFarlane. North Lakes Library, 10 The Corso, North Lakes, 4509. Time: 11am-1pm. Annette McFarlane shows you how to welcome birds and frogs, plus bees and other beneficial insects back by adopting organic gardening methods. Topics covered include composting and organic matter, fertilizer options, organic certification, varieties of fruit, vegetables and herbs to plant, as well as organic pest control. Information is applicable to both productive and ornamental gardens. This workshop is free but booking is essential. Phone 3480 9900.  more info...

31 August

Free BCC Sustainability workshop - Growing Fruit at Home with Annette McFarlane. Sandgate Library, Seymour Street, Town Hall. Time: 1pm-3pm. Learn what fruit is best for backyard growers and container production. Fertilisers, pest control, pruning and more covered in this practical workshop. Bookings essential. Phone 36676066. more info...

8 September

Green Heart Fair, Carindale Recreation Reserve, Bedivere St, Carindale 4152. Brisbane's biggest south side sustainability fair. Join Annette McFarlane for one-on-one questions and answers, plus free talks by Annette and other presenters. Pick up your free BCC native plants at the fair. Food, games for children, community groups and sustainable and organic stand holders. Free family fun. Open 8am-2pm.  more info...

28-29 September

Bromeliad Extravaganza. Wavell Heights Community Hall, 175 Edinburgh Castle Road. Wavell Heights, Brisbane. Huge bromeliad sales. Open Saturday 8am-3pm, Sun 9am-1pm. Free entry. Ample parking

29 September

Free BCC Sustainability workshop. Clever Composting with Annette McFarlane. Garden City Library, Level R4, Westfield Garden City, Cnr Kessels & Logan Rd, Upper Mt Gravatt, 4122. Annette McFarlane explains the principles of composting and demonstrates various methods. There will be time for answers to your composting questions. Bookings essential. Phone 3403 7745.  more info...

12 October

Cardwell Coast Guard Annual Desert Rose & Tropical Plant Expo. Lot 1 Victoria Street, Cardwell. Commencing at 9am and running until approximately 1pm.

16 October

How to Garden Organically with Annette McFarlane. Redcliffe Library, 476 Oxley Ave, Redcliffe 4020. Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm. Annette McFarlane shows you how to welcome birds and frogs, plus bees and other beneficial insects back by adopting organic gardening methods. Topics covered include composting and organic matter, fertilizer options, organic certification, varieties of fruit, vegetables and herbs to plant, as well as organic pest control. Information is applicable to both productive and ornamental gardens. This workshop is free but booking is essential. Phone 3283 0311.  more info...

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