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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.

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, mob 04 109 439 89 if you wish to use an existing garden bed.

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.

2018 Events by Date
3-4 November

Bromeliad & 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. more info....  

16-20 November


Floressence 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 .....   Poster (pdf)

24-25 November

The 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. more info....(pdf)

2 December

Narmbool Gardens in Full Bloom on Open Day. Narmbool’s gates will be open to the public for their annual Open Day Sunday, 2 December 2018. Visitors will be able to explore the 2,000-hectare heritage property located in Elaine, 30km south of Ballarat and 100km west of Melbourne. Owned by The Sovereign Hill Museums Association, the Open Day will provide visitors with the opportunity to see the beautiful gardens and tour the education and accommodation facilities. Lunch and Devonshire Tea will be served in the picturesque Garden Room, which has just undergone a major renovation. The Narmbool Open Garden Day is the perfect day for garden enthusiasts, those looking for the ideal wedding venue or the entire family seeking a fun day out. For all details see leaflet

8 December

Free 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

2019 Events by Date
16 17 February

Aspley Orchid Society Summer Show. Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens. Flowering orchids, ferns & foliage on display, plants and all orchid growing requirements for sale. Potting demonstrations and cultural advice. Light refreshments available. Wheelchair access and ample parking. Open Saturday 8am-3.30pm, Sunday 9am-3pm. Admission $4, under 16yrs admitted free. more info....

9-10 March

The Beaudesert District Orchid and Foliage Society’s “Autumn Show for Orchid and Foliage Plants” Canungra School of Arts Hall in 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 be orchids and foliage plants on sale at reasonable prices. Local growers will be giving advice while other trade tables will be selling orchid and plant growing accessories and plant products. There will be also a cake and craft stall run by a local organisation. Open Saturday 8am-3pm, Sunday 9am-2pm. A knowledgeable and experienced orchid grower will be speaking on “The Basics for Growing Orchids” 9am and 11am on the Saturday and from 10.30am on the Sunday.bAdmission is $4. Refreshments will be available. more info....

9-10 March

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

20 April

South Burnett Orchid Society Annual Show. Wondai RSL Hall, Mackenzie St, Show. Open Saturday 9.30am-3pm, Admission $3 per person and The Wondai Regional Art Gallery April Showing, Sponsored by Wondai Garden Expo Inc. more info....

20-21 April

Wondai 2019 Autumn Garden Expo. Wondai Sportsground & Lions Pavilion, Bunya Highway, Wondai. Discover the diversity of gardening in Queensland's best backyard. Quality stalls of all descriptions for garden and home. Horticultural Show, Photography competition and special display. MultiDraw raffle with great prizes. Guest speakers & entertainment on both days. Open Saturday 8am-4.30pm, Sunday 8am-1pm. Expo Admission: Adults $5 per day or $8 for 2-day pass, under 15 free. Parking Free. 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.... 

1-2 June

Brisbane Plant Collectors Fair- 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. more information coming soon....

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. More information coming soon....

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