Mondays to Saturdays: Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha Free Guided Discovery Tours
Enjoy a relaxed and informative guided walk with a garden guide. Walks depart from the Information Kiosk. No booking required.
11am-12noon and 1pm-2pm. Free. For more information phone (07) 3403 2535.
4 - 6 July 2014: Caboolture Orchid Society Inc. Annual Winter Show
Morayfield Community Complex (behind Bunnings) 298 Morayfield Road, Morayfield. Featuring Orchid Society and Orchid Nurseries displays, Floral Art display and sales, Orchid potting demonstrations (Friday and Saturday - sessions 10-11am and 1-2pm), Specialist orchid advice table, Orchid plants and orchid growing requirements for sale. Also Bromeliads, Tillandsia & African Violet sales, Cacti & succulent display and sales, Art & Craft Display & sales. Refreshments available. Free admission. Friday 4th July 9am-4pm; Saturday 5th July 9am-4pm; Sunday 6th July 9am-2pm. Wheelchair friendly.
5 - 6 July 2014: Jurassica Theme Park Garden (Open Gardens Australia)
Cairns North. "This garden offers an educational and entertaining green space within an urban environment and showcases an astonishing array of plant specimens, some hundreds of years old, that represent descendent species of the Jurassic period." For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar
11 - 13 July 2014: Queensland Garden Expo
Nambour Showgrounds, Nambour. Check the website www.qldgardenexpo.com.au for more information.
19 July 2014 (Saturday): Easy edibles to grow & eat at home
Bright HQ in Teneriffe. Whether you have a balcony, rooftop garden or tiny backyard there is a surprising amount of sprouts, micro greens and smaller veggies you can grow. Are you making the most of you space?!? Join us to learn more about you can pimp up your garden and enjoy the sprouts, micro greens and small veggies grown with your love and care. 9am to 11.30am. More info and booking at www.brightlearning.com.au/courses/easy-edibles.html
19 - 20 July 2014: Toowoomba Hospice Camellia & Winter Market Festival
Toowoomba. For more information, visit the website: toowoombacamelliashow.com
26 - 27 July 2014: John Oxley District Orchid Society Inc Show
The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. Display of hybrid and species orchids. Potting demonstrations and cultural advice. Plants and growing accessories for sale. Floral arrangements and light refreshments also available. Saturday 8.30am-4pm and Sunday 9am-3.30pm. Admission $4
26 - 27 July 2014: Magnolia Close (Open Gardens Australia)
Flaxton. "Borders brimming with magnolias, camellias, azaleas and standard wisterias thrive under mature jacarandas and poincianas, while superbly crafted stonework complements the beautiful plantings." "Three original avocado trees, which produce hundreds of avocados each year and were planted more than fifty years ago, remain at the rear of the house. Under their generous canopy are maples, camellias, begonias and other
shade-lovers." For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar
26 July 2014 (Saturday): Weed Management
Priestdale. 9.30am - 12.30pm. Get a hands-on understanding of how to tackle weed management on your property. Learn environmental weed management and control techniques and bring weed samples from your property for identification. This is a free event run by Logan City Council for Logan residents. Places are limited and bookings are essential. Email environment[at]logan.qld.gov.au or phone 3412 4491.
27 July 2014 (Sunday): The Curator Speaks!
Mt Coot-tha Library, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. Join Ross McKinnon AM, Curator-in-charge of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens for a talk and private tour of the gardens at Mt Coot-tha. This is a wonderful opportunity to get an insider's view of these internationally recognized sub-tropical gardens. 10.30am-12noon. Free. For more information and bookings phone Mt Coot-tha Library on 3403 2550.
27 July 2014 (Sunday): Eprapah Creek planting day
Luke Street Park, Luke Street, Thornlands UBD Ref. Map 225 Q2. Join in the fun of National Tree Day and help plant 2000 native habitat plants along Eprapah Creek. The mulch is spread and the holes are dug, but we need your support to get the plants in the ground! Free sausage sizzle, displays, certificates for kids & lucky door prizes. 9.00am-11.00am. Off-street parking available. Bring enclosed shoes, sun protection and drinking water. Plants, tools, sunscreen, insect repellent and gardening gloves will be supplied. For more information contact IndigiScapes on 3824 8611. Website: www.indigiscapes.com.au
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2 August 2014 (Saturday): Trees for Weeds (Mainland event)
IndigiScapes Nursery, 17 Runnymede Rd, Capalaba (UBD 204 K6). Receive a free native plant for every shopping bag of weeds you bring to IndigiScapes (up to five plants per person) during Trees for Weeds Day. Focus Weeds: Polka dot Plant, Mexican Petunia, Purple Succulent, Indian Hawthorn. Council's weed experts will be available for advice on managing your weeds. The native plant nursery will also be open for sales if you'd like to grow your garden! 10.00am-4.00pm. For more information contact IndigiScapes on 3824 8611. Website: www.indigiscapes.com.au
2 - 3 August 2014: Tallaringa (Open Gardens Australia)
North Tamborine. "Tallaringa features a diverse array of cooler-climate plants, making this a perfect time to visit." "Beautiful native rainforest, containing more than 80 different tree species, leads to some gorgeous flowering camellias and many varieties of magnolia." "There are pecans underplanted with bulbs, avocado trees, and more camellias and persimmons near the house, which are more than 80 years old." "Deciduous trees include maples, gingkos, prunus, dogwood, pistachio, and ash." "This gorgeous garden also features lovely water features and stunning panoramic views." For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar
9 August 2014 (Saturday): Australian Native Bee Workshop
Trevallan Lifestyle Centre, Brassall. Cost $15. All tickets must be pre-purchased. RSVP Monday 28th July 2014. For more information go to Australian Native Bee Workshop
16 August 2014 (Saturday): Growing better camellias Workshop
The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. Presented by the Queensland Camellia Society. Grafting, air layering, growing in pots, general care, disbudding, pruning, fertilising and general problems. 9am-3.30pm. Cost $5. Pre-bookings encouraged; payments accepted on the day. More information: Growing Better Camellias Workshop, Queensland Camellia Society
23 August 2014 (Saturday): Beginner's guide to propagation
Mt Coot-tha Library, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. Save money and grow your own plants from seed, cuttings and division. This workshop tackles the how-to steps to increase your garden at minimal cost. Please bring along one or two empty egg cartons. 11am-1pm. Free. For more information and bookings phone Mt Coot-tha Library on (07) 3403 2550.
23 - 24 August 2014: North Brisbane Orchid Society 50th Golden Anniversary Show
The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. There will be an outstanding amount of orchids and a variety of foliage on display. Opportunities to buy quality orchids and foliage at reasonable prices. View potting demos and listen to expert advice on orchid growing. Arts and craft and home made cakes, jams, sweets etc. for sale. Large Raffle Box of flowering orchids and foliage to be drawn on Sunday. Refreshments available. Saturday 23rd August 8.30am-4.00pm; Sunday 24th 8.30am-3.30pm. Admission: adults $4.00, children under 14 free. More info ph 07 32046324. Website: North Brisbane Orchid Society Inc
30 August 2014 (Saturday): Guided Walk Along
Slacks Creek. 9am - 11am. A relaxing and informative walk through Meakin Park along Slacks Creek. Learn about the plants and animals that live
along the waterway and how to identify them by the evidence they leave behind. This is a free event run by Logan City Council for Logan residents. Places are limited and bookings are essential. Email environment[at]logan.qld.gov.au or phone 3412 4491.
30 -31 August 2014: West Brisbane Orchid Society Inc.
The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. Brilliant displays of seasonal orchids and companion plants. Plants for sale. Cultural supplies for sale. Plant clinics. Saturday and Sunday 8.30am-3.30pm. $4.
30 - 31 August 2014: Logan & District Orchid Society Show
Logan Seniors Hall, 9 Jacaranda Ave (Corner of Wembley Rd). Displays of Orchids, Floral Art, Photography & Foliage plants. There will be plants for sale. Entry is $4. Website: www.lados.org.au
6 September 2014: Coucals of Mount Crosby High Tea/Open Garden
Coucals Garden, Mount Crosby, will be opening for the Australian Red Cross (Ipswich Branch) on the 6th September, for a High Tea in the Wisteria/Orchid Courtyard. 9am to 12noon. Cost is $20 which includes entry to the garden. Bookings essential. Email janflanigan[at]optusnet.com.au or phone 07 3201 0439. Website: www.coucalsgarden.com
6 September 2014: Plant & Enviro Day
Rosewood Showground. Huge sale of rare native plants/favourites, bushfood & butterfly food plants. Expert advice and information. Interesting Stalls and Advice on Local Wildlife, Environmental Groups, Council Programs such as Land For Wildlife, Tree Programs, Conservation Agreements, Feral Animal Control & Recycling. Book sales and Eftpos facilities. Sausage Sizzle and Coffee Van. Starts 9am. Free Entry. For more information phone: 0419 779 530
11 - 13 September 2014: Laidley Garden Club show
Laidley Cultural Centre, Laidley/Plainland Road. This year's theme is "FOUR SEASONS". There will be Floral Displays and Garden Alcoves.
Guest speaker Fri 12th September is Noel Burdette at 10.30am. Guest speaker Saturday 13th September is Rod Hultgren at 10 30am.
Huge variety of Plants for sale. Plant workshop for the Children. Face Painting. Monster Raffle value $200.00 drawn Saturday 2.30pm.
Light Refreshments available each day. Plenty of Parking. Entry $3.00 per adult. Open Thursday and Friday 9am - 4pm; Saturday 9am - 3.30pm.
For more information phone 0417 072 726 or email laidleygardenclub[at]hotmail.com
13 - 14 September 2014: Beaudesert District Orchid & Foliage Society Spring Show for Orchid and Foliage Plants
Canungra School of Arts Hall, Pine Street, Canungra. There will not only be many orchids, especially native orchids, in spectacular bloom but also ferns, begonias, bromeliads, aroids and succulents on display. There will be quality orchid and foliage plants grown by local society members on sale at reasonable prices as well as trade-tables selling a variety of plant-orientated products and orchid and foliage growing accessories. There will be also a cake and craft stall run by a local organisation. The show runs from 8.00am to 3.00pm on the Saturday and from 9.00am to 2.00pm on the Sunday. A guest speaker will speak on "The Basics for Growing Orchids" at 9.00am and 11.00am on the Saturday and from 10.30am on the Sunday. Admission is $3.00. Refreshments will be available. There is wheelchair access and plenty of off-street parking.
For more information, phone 07 5543 2108 or visit www.bdofs.com
13 - 14 September 2014: Tablelands Garden Expo
Malanda Showground. 28th anniversary show. The Garden Expo has expanded to include lifestyle exhibits and this year there will be over 50 stalls for your enjoyment. The family day out will be overflowing with a vast array of plants including bromeliads, orchids, native trees, fruit trees, roses and silver ferns grown specially for the anniversary. Experts will be on hand to advise so that your treasured plants survive and thrive. Tablelands Regional Council pest expert will provide advice on your farm or home weed problems. Cut flower exhibition. Make a piece of jewellery with the Gem Gallery. Scarecrow competition for the children. Light refreshments on both days. The theme for 2014 is “Welcome To Spring’ so ladies wear your best spring hat. Spot prizes will be handed out. Best Spring hat to be judged at 12noon on Saturday. The Tablelands Garden Expo Committee encourages the community to come along and support this annual family event. Money raised is returned to other community groups to assist them in their activities. Saturday 13th September 8.30am-4pm and Sunday 14th September 8.30am-3pm. Entry still only $5.00 and children under 15 free. For more information phone 0400 777 694
19 - 28 September 2014: Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
For more information, visit the website: www.tcof.com.au
19 - 24 September 2014: Toowoomba Clivia Society Annual Show
For more information, visit the their website: www.toowoombacliviasociety.com.au
4 - 5 October 2014: Bromeliad and Foliage Frenzy
Minimbah State School Hall, Cnr Walker Road and Minimbah Drive, Morayfield. Presented by Caboolture and Districts Bromeliad Society. Many varieties of bromeliads and foliage plants on sale; cultivation advice from experienced growers; monster raffle; art and craft stall; light refreshments available. Free admission. Saturday 4th 8.00am-4.00pm; Sunday 5th 8.00am-1.00pm. Plenty of parking. Buses welcome. Website: www.cabbroms.webs.com
4 - 5 October 2014: Queensland Rose Society Spring Show
The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha.There will be hundreds of colourful and fragrant blooms in one location. If you have ever considered growing roses or just love to look at them, this is an excellent opportunity to view many varieties, decide which ones you like the best, and speak to the friendly and experienced rose growers from the Queensland Rose Society who will be on hand to answer your queries, and
advise you on the roses most suitable for the Queensland climate. Cut and potted roses will be available for purchase, and refreshments are available. Saturday 4th October 11.30am to 4.00pm and Sunday 5th October 9.00am to 3.00pm. Admission $4, children under 5 free. Website: www.qld.rose.org.au
4 - 5 October 2014: Bribie Island Orchid Society Spring Orchid and Foliage Show
For more information, visit the website: Bribie Island Orchid Society Inc.
7 - 12 October 2014: Blue Mountains "Leura Gardens" Festival
Uplift Tours and Travel present a six day, all-inclusive short break feasturing the colourful "Leura Gardens Festival". Combined with the best sightseeing in the spectacular World Heritage listed Blue Mountains. Payment due by 1 August. For more information visit the www.uplifttoursandtravel.com or phone (07) 3283 1966
11 - 12 October 2014: SGAP Spring Native Flower Show and Native Plants Market
The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. For more information visit the Society for Growing Australian Plants Queensland Region, Inc. website: www.sgapqld.org.au
11 - 12 October 2014: Bromeliad Extravaganza
Wavell Heights Community Hall, 175 Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights, Brisbane. Saturday 11th October 8am-3pm; Sunday 12th October 9am-2pm
12 October 2014 (Sunday): Brisbane Organic Growers' Fair
Check their website www.bogi.org.au for more information.
18 - 19 October 2014: Bromeliad Society of Queensland Spring Show
Brisbane Table Tennis Centre, 86 Green Terrace, Windsor. A bus (BCC 353) stops at the door. There will be displays and thousands of plant for sale. Experienced growers will be available to provide advice and information. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Saturday 8.00am-4.00pm and Sunday 9.00am-3.00pm. Entry is $4.00 for adults with children under 16 free. Website: www.bromsqueensland.com.au
25 - 26 October 2014: Samford Valley Garden & Lifestyle Expo
For more information, visit the website: samfordgardenexpo.com.au
22 - 30 November 2014: Cook Islands Pacific Paradise Tour featuring the Tiare Flower Festival
Uplift Tours and Travel in association with the Buderim Garden Club present a fully inclusive package specially designed for the mature-age traveller. Variety of sightseeing and cultural experiences including the Tiare Flower Festival. Each November this festival celebrates the beauty of the flowers of the Cook Islands, when business premises and public buildings are festooned with flowers and homes are filled with the scent of gardenias. The festival is named Tiare from the maori name for a "flower" or "flowering plant" and is commonly used to refer to the gardenia, which is the Cooks' national flower. Payment due 15 August 2014. For more information visit www.uplifttoursandtravel.com or phone (07) 3283 1966
9 - 10 May 2015: Queensland Rose Society Autumn Show
The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. Thinking of a special treat for Mum for Mothers' Day? All mums love roses, and this will be an excellent opportunity to just view the great many varieties on display, or to speak with the friendly and experienced rose growers from the Queensland Rose Society who will be on hand to answer your queries, and advise you on the roses most suitable for the Queensland climate. Cut and potted roses will be available for purchase, and refreshments are available. A great outing for Mum! Saturday 9th May 11.30am to 4.00pm and Sunday 10th May 9.00am to 3.00pm. Admission $4, children under 5 free. Website: www.qld.rose.org.au
Anyone with firm dates for Queensland gardening events in 2015 and beyond are welcome to send them in now for inclusion in the diary. Additional details can be submitted closer to the event, if necessary. More information below.