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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 $10.00 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. 
2024 Events by Date
June 8-9 Cactus & Succulent Society of Qld Inc. Annual Show at Belmont Shooting Complex, 1485 Old Cleveland Rd, Belmont. Competition, Display and Plant Sales. Plant Minding, Refreshments, Cultural Advice. Entry $5.00 (under 14 free if accompanied by an adult) Open Saturday 9am-3.30pm, Sunday 9am-2.30pm. Plenty of free parking. more info... 
June 13 Library Sustainable Living Series. "Growing Succulents". Holland Park Library, 81 Seville Rd, Holland Park. Time: 1.30pm-2.30pm. Presented by David Furness. Succulents come in all sorts of varieties, shapes and colours. In this seminar, learn about some of the most popular succulents you can grow at home, and some of the newer varieties emerging on the market. David will share practical tips to help your succulents thrive, drawing on his extensive knowledge working in the commercial succulent industry. To book a place phone the library on Ph: (07) 3403 7755
June 15 Esk Garden Fair. With dozens of nurseries, hobby growers and exhibitors, you're guaranteed to find the best variety of plants, and garden art available. Imagine a day exploring the exhibitors or learning from our free informative Guest Speakers such as Paul Plant, Kate Wall and Claire Bickle. Perhaps, enjoy some of the other free entertainment, including the new Brisbane Valley Farm Directs Chef’s stage. Maybe catch a few demonstrations or simply relax in our serene outdoor ambiance and listen to live music and indulge in some mouth-watering food. Don't miss this day of green-thumbed adventure and family-friendly fun in the heart of Esk . Entry $5 - Under 16 free. more info...  Map download PDF
June 23rd Join us at City Farm Nursery, Corner of Northey and Victoria Streets, Windsor, (Brisbane), for Good Life Growing in conversation with Annette McFarlane (ABC Radio) and Hannah Moloney (Gardening Australia presenter), followed by a book signing of Hannah'snew book Good Life Growing. 10.30am-1pm.
4,5,6,7 July 2024 Queensland Garden Expo extending to 4 days. Queensland Garden Expo is a ‘must see’ in 2024 for green thumbs and novice gardeners alike. Held in the Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Nambour from 4th to 7th July, this four-day expo is Queensland’s premier gardening event attracting visitors from all over Australia. Some of Australia’s leading gardening experts take part in three days of lectures, demonstrations, and workshops. more info to follow...Qld Expo website Speakers Program
27-28 July John Oxley District Orchid Society - Winter Orchid Show. Mount Coot-tha Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, 152 Mount Coot-tha Road. Orchid and Floral Art Displays, Potting Demonstrations, Cultural Information, Orchid Plants and accessories for sale, Raffles and Light Refreshments. EFTPOS available.An Orchid Extravaganza... The perfect opportunity to add to your collection or start the amazing hobby of orchid growing. Open Saturday - 8:30am-4pm, 9am-3pm. Entry $4 (Children FREE). Parking available. Wheelchair accessible.
 13 Sept-
7 October
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. A breathtaking month of flowers, flavours and sounds, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers takes over the Southern Queensland city of Toowoomba in the most beautiful of ways each September with a program of more than 60 unique events and experiences including award-winning parks, stunning private gardens, streets bursting with floral colour, internationally acclaimed musical acts, some of the best food and wine to be found in Queensland and a multitude of cultural and natural adventures. more info...
5 October Maleny Garden Club Spring Fair. Maleny Showgrounds, plus Open Gardens. Time: 9am-4pm. Pavilion Entry: $2 per adult, Children 16 and under Free. Garden Entry : $5 per Garden. Download Spring Fair Flyer here for more details
14-15 Sept Open Garden, 519 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Valley, Gold Coast. Tani Tei En is 11 acres of tranquil gardens, with rainforests, themed plantings, restored dairy and spectacular Japanese garden with tea house and lake. The cherry trees will be in blossom. Open 9am-4.30pm both days, entry $8 for adults, under 18's free. There will be food and refreshments, plant stalls including a bonsai display and demonstrations. 

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