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There may be an admission charge to any events listed below unless otherwise noted. Some may require booking in advance. Weather and other circumstances can cause late changes or cancellations, so check with organisers for the most up-to-date information on scheduled events.


30 April - 1 May 2016: The Coucals Open Garden

8 Belah Street, Mount Crosby. In support of the Australian Red Cross (Ipswich Branch). Light snacks available and plants for sale. Open 9am-4pm. Entry $8, children free. For more information go to www.coucalsgarden.com

30 April - 1 May 2016: Gympie Garden Expo

Gympie Showgrounds. More information at the website: www.gympiegardenexpo.com.au

2 - 8 May 2016: International Composting Awareness Week

Various workshops and other promotions occurring around Australia. Check the official website's calender at www.compostweek.com.au/core/events/ to see what's on in your area

6 - 7 May 2016: Lockyer Valley Orchid Society Autumn Show

Gatton Shire Hall, 52 North Street Gatton. Plants, craft for sale, raffle. Specialist growers available for advice. Friday 9.00am-3.30pm; Saturday 9.00am-2.30pm. $3.00 entry. Contact Secretary 0439 995 430 for more information.

6 - 7 May 2016: Noosa District Orchid & Foliage Society Mother's Day Show

CWA Hall in Cooroy. There will a wide range of orchids to admire and purchase. Come and smell the flowers and get some handy advice. Admission $2. For more information see the club website www.noosaorchidsociety.org.au

7 May 2016 (Saturday): Native Plants Queensland Autumn Plant Sale

Grovely TAFE. Go to www.sgapqld.org.au/whats-on/calendar-of-events/icalrepeat.detail/2016/05/07/155/-/native-plants-queensland-autumn-plant-sale for more information.

7 May 2016 (Saturday): Composting and Worm Farming

Heritage Park. Learn how to turn your organic waste into a free resource for your garden! One compost bin or worm farm available to giveaway. Bookings essential. More information: www.logan.qld.gov.au/about-logan/calendar/calendar-events/environmental-events-and-activities/composting-and-worm-farming2

7 May 2016 (Saturday): Confused about composting?

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba. Are you missing the boat on organic recycling at home? Come along to this free talk and discover how you can convert this waste into a nutrient-rich compost for your garden, and save it from going to landfill! Bookings are essential. Visit the website for more information or phone 3824 8611

7 - 8 May 2016: Aspley Orchid Society Mothers' Day Show "40th Anniversary Year"

Community Hall, Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights. A wonderful variety of flowering orchids, ferns and foliage on show. Display set up by student of the Aspley Special School. Potting demonstrations and cultural advice available. Plants and orchid growing requirements and floral arrangements for sale. Light refreshments available. Saturday 8am-3.30pm; Sunday 9am-3.30pm. Admission adults $4, under 16 free. Supporting the Aspley Special School. Parking available and wheelchair access. Website: www.aspleyorchidsociety.com

 
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7 - 8 May 2016: Queensland Rose Society - Autumn Rose Show

The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. 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, 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! Saturday 7th May, 11.30am-4.00pm; Sunday 8th May, 9.00am-3.00pm. Entry $4, children under 5 free. Free onsite parking. Busses directly to the gardens. Website:www.qld.rose.org.au

21 - 22 May 2016: Brisbane Plant Collectors Fair

The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. Discover rare, unusual and hard to find plants of all kinds, direct from special plant breeders, propagators and importers. Guest speakers Jerry Coleby-Williams, Noel Burdette, Wes Vidler, Carol Kerkin, Russell Young and Genny Catlin. Saturday 21st May 8.30am-4.00pm; Sunday 22nd May 8.30am-3.00pm. Admission $5.00 per adult (Children Under 15 Free). More information: facebook.com/events/1036406336381234.

22 May 2016 (Sunday): Herb Awareness

Albion Peace Hall, 102 McDonald Road, Windsor. One day only! 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. Enjoy a wide variety of demonstrations, guest speakers and talks presented by informative stall holders and Queensland Herb Society members. Relax and revive at Cafe Sage for delicious, home baked, herb inspired food and beverages. 9am to 4pm. Free entry. (Please note: No EFTPOS and only limited Credit Card facilities available at some stalls) Check the Queensland Herb Society Inc. website at www.qldherbsociety.org.au closer to the date for demonstration timetables and more details.

29 May 2016 (Sunday): Botanic Garden Australia and New Zealand Open Day

Activities at gardens across the country. Check the website www.botanicgardensopenday.org to find out what's on near you.

29 May 2016 (Sunday): Brisbane City Council’s Green Heart Fair

7th Brigade Park, Chermside, Brisbane. Brisbane’s biggest bi-annual sustainability festival is back with an action-packed day of ‘hands on’ sustainability workshops, green living ideas, giveaways and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Running from 9am to 2pm, the fair promotes innovative sustainable living in a free, fun, family-friendly environment with activities for home renovators, fashionistas, foodies, green thumbs and recyclers through to budding energy savers and young eco-warriors looking to make a difference. Highlights of the 2016 Green Heart Fair include more hands on workshops for kids and adults for a true understanding of sustainable living, with everything from furniture restoration and organic gardens to keeping bees with Bee One Third and happy healthy hens with Claire Bickle. 9am to 2pm. Admission free. For more information including program, visit www.greenheartfair.com.au

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4 June 2016 (Saturday): Indigi Day Out & Folk Redlands Festival of Music

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Rd, Capalaba. More information at http://www.indigiscapes.com.au/WhatsOn/Pages/Indigi-Day-Out.aspx

4 - 5 June 2016: Lindmar Open Garden and Plant Fair

130 Blewers Road, Morayfield. Take a leisurely stroll through the 3 acres of manicured gardens, enjoy light refreshments and tea/coffee/homemade soups and purchase top quality plants from specialist growers of old-fashioned perennials, orchids, roses, bromeliads and rare and unusual tropical plants. 10am to 4.30pm. Admission $5 per person, children under 18 free. Website: www.lindmargarden.com.au

5 June 2016 (Sunday): Logan Eco Action Festival (LEAF)

Griffith University, Logan Campus. For more information, visit www.logan.qld.gov.au/LEAF

11 - 12 June 2016: Gardening on the Edge

Presented by Maleny Garden Club. Six county gardens open to the public. Tickets at Maleny Showgrounds and at the gardens. All six gardens $20, three gardens $12, one garden $5. Also visit the garden market (free entry) at the Maleny Showgrounds. Catering in the pavillion by the Hospital Auxillary. Saturday June 11th and Sunday June 12th 2016, 9am to 4pm. For more information, visit the website www.malenygardenclub.org

11 - 12 June 2016: Cactus and Succulent Show

The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. Presented by the Cactus and Succulent Society of Queensland Inc. Displays of Cacti and other Succulents, decorative and rare plants from the arid regions of North and South America, Africa and Madagascar, and many other regions of the world. Cultural advice, plant sales, book sales, refreshments available. Saturday 11 June 9:00am-3:30pm; Sunday 12th June 9:00am-3:00pm. Admission adults and children 14 years and over $4.00, children under 14 free if accompanied by an adult. Website: www.cssq.org.au

18 June 2016 (Saturday): Esk Garden & Lifestyle Fair

Old St Andrew's Church Complex, Ipswich Street, Esk. Plant and Garden related stalls, Scarecrow Competition, Garden Art , Free Expert advice, light refreshments, Lucky gate prizes throughout the day. 9 am - 3 pm. FREE ADMISSION. Enquiries to valleyofthelakesgardenclub[at]gmail.com or 0438511004

25 - 26 June 2016: North Moreton Qld Orchid Council Inc Charity Orchid Spectacular

The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. There'll be many different varieties of Species and Hybrid Orchids also Foliage on the benches and for sale. Potting demonstrations, pots, hangers and horticultural supplies. Information table for advice on any of your problems. Light refreshments will be available. Buses are most welcome. Saturday 8.30am-3.30pm; Sunday 8.30am-3.00 pm. All profit from this Show will be donated to the Be Uplifted Breast Cancer Support Group. For further information phone 07 3269 1631, mobile 04 3274 3695, email albertgibbard[at]optusnet.com.au

8 - 10 July 2016: Queensland Garden Expo

Nambour Showgrounds, Nambour. This expo is Queensland's premier gardening event. Enjoy over 360 exhibitors, landscape garden displays and a giant organic kitchen garden, floral art and cooking stage. Get free help with gardening problems and enjoy three days of free lectures and demos from some of Australia's leading gardening experts. Friday 8th July 8am-5pm; Saturday 9th July 8am-5pm; Sunday 10th July 8am-4pm. Admission adults $18 ($16 aged concession), $16 for groups of 10 or more, Children 15 years and under free. Bus trips are welcome! Check www.qldgardenexpo.com.au website for more information.

15 - 17 July 2016: Kiels Mountain Open Garden

Kaalba Crt, Kiels Mountain (not far from Big Pineapple). Raising money for the Leukaemia Foundation. More information to come.

16 - 17 July 2016: Toowoomba camellia Show & Garden Expo

TAFE Horticultural Centre, Campbell St, Toowoomba. For more information visit www.toowoombacamelliashow.com

23 July 2016 (Saturday): Weed Workshop

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Rd, Capalaba. Phone 3824 8611 or email IndigiScapes[at]redland.qld.gov.au for more information or to register your interest to attend the workshop. Website: www.indigiscapes.com.au

27 - 28 August 2016: Logan and District Orchid Society Winter Show

Springwood Road State School, 94-120 Springwood Road, Springwood. Saturday 8.30-4pm; Sunday 8.30-2pm. Admission $4.00. More Information: www.lados.org.au

 
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4 September 2016 (Sunday): Botanical Bazaar - Gold Coast Gardening Expo

Country Paradise Parklands, Nerang (231 Beaudesert-Nerang Road). The Botanical Bazaar will educate and inspire garden enthusiasts of all levels and ages. Take home new gardening ideas and expert advice, fall in love with unique retail botanical themed items, purchase a variety of plants such as edible, native and tropical plants. Learn about urban gardening from aquaponics to vertical gardening and bees to backyard chooks, plus meet local gardening groups passionate in their individual areas of interest. Educational workshops hosted by the likes of Rob Palmer from Better Homes and Gardens and Phil Dudman from Gardening Australia. This is an all-weather event, with plenty of free parking and delicious food/drink stalls available on site. 9.00am-5.00pm. Purchase tickets online, $10 each (kids under 16yrs free). For more information go to www.botanicalbazaar.com.au

8 - 10 September 2016: Lockyer Valley Orchid Society Inc Spring Show

Laidley Cultural Centre, Plainland Road, Laidley. Plants, craft for sale, raffle. Specialist growers available for advice. Thursday 9.00am-4.30pm; Friday 9.00am-4.30pm; Saturday 9.00am-3.00pm. $5.00 entry to Laidley Cultural Centre also provides entry to the Laidley Garden Club, nurseries, trade displays. Contact Secretary 0439 995 430 for more information. Held in conjunction with the Laidley Spring Festival with many activities. Visit www.luvyalockyer.com.au for information on the Lockyer Valley.

11 September 2016 (Sunday): Bushcare Major Day Out

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Rd, Capalaba. Phone 3824 8611 or email IndigiScapes[at]redland.qld.gov.au for more information. Website: www.indigiscapes.com.au

16 - 25 September 2016: Toowoomba Exhibition Gardens

Four gardens open during Toowoomba's Carnival of Flowers. All proceeds go to Charity. Open 9am-5pm daily. Ticket prices: All 4 gardens $12; 3 gardens $10; 1 garden $5. For further information visit the website: www.toowoombaexhibitiongardens.com

17 - 19 September 2016: Toowoomba & Districts Bromeliad Society Annual Spring Show & Sale

For more information go to www.bromeliadstoowoomba.com.au

1 - 2 October 2016: Bromeliad and Foliage Frenzy

Minimbah State School Hall, cnr Walker Road & Minimbah Drive, Morayfield. Presented by Caboolture and Districts Bromeliad Society Inc. Many varieties of Bromeliads, including new releases, Sub-Tropical Foliage, Anthuriums, Orchids, Succulents, Ferns and other Assorted Plants. Cultivation advice from experienced growers. Arts and Crafts, Monster Raffle. Wheelchair friendly access. Unlimited Parking, Buses welcome. Saturday 1st October 8.00am-4pm; Sunday 2nd October 8.00am-1pm. Free Entry, EFTPOS available. Enquiries (07) 5495 2497 or 0434 128 417. Website: cabbroms.webs.com

1 - 2 October 2016: Spring Garden Spectacular

Presented by Ipswich Orchid Society Inc.

 
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6 - 9 October 2016: Brisbane International Garden Show

Pine Rivers Park, Strathpine. This event will showcase the unique Queensland gardening style and will bring together landscape gardening displays for both large and smaller gardens, gardening experts delivering free talks and workshops and of course dozens of nurseries and gardening. Thursday 6th October 9am-4pm; Friday 7th October 9am - 4pm; Saturday 8th October 9am-5pm; Sunday 9th October 9am-4pm. Admission adults $20 ($18 aged concession), $18 for groups of 10 or more, Children 15 years and under free. Bus trips are welcome! Check www.brisbanegardenshow.com.au for more information.

15 October 2016 (Saturday): Redland Orchid Society Spring Show

Website www.redlandsorchidsociety.org

19 November 2016 (Saturday): Rain Garden Workshop

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Rd, Capalaba. Phone 3824 8611 or email IndigiScapes[at]redland.qld.gov.au for more information or to register your interest to attend the workshop. Website: www.indigiscapes.com.au

19 - 20 November 2016: Tropical Foliage Festival

Cleveland Assembly Hall, Smith Street, Cleveland. An opportunity for gardeners and collectors to purchase many varieties of tropical foliage plants including new release, rare plants and old favourites. The best quality cordylines, bromeliads, gingers, costas, heliconias, orchids, palms and much more. The famous rare plant auction Saturday. Experienced growers and garden experts will be on hand to answer all your questions. Special guest speakers will be on stage throughout the weekend. Plant displays and a monster raffle. The event will be fully catered. Saturday 19th November 8.00am-3.00pm; Sunday 20th November 9.00am-2.00pm. Admission adults $3, children free. Free parking and EFTPOS available. Bus trips are welcome! For more information go to www.cordyline.org


2017

May 6 - 7, 2017: Samford Valley Garden & Lifestyle Expo

For more information, visit the website: www.samfordgardenexpo.org.au

Anyone with firm dates for Queensland gardening events in 2017 and beyond are welcome to send them in for inclusion in the diary now. Additional details can be submitted closer to the event, if necessary. More information.
To be announced: Wondai Autumn Garden Expo (2016) Wondai Sportsground and Lions Pavilion, Bunya Highway, Wondai. Website: wondaigardenexpo.com.

To be announced: Autumn Native Plant Sale - Society for Growing Australian Plants (2015)
For more information, visit the Society's website: Society for Growing Australian Plants Queensland Region

To be announced: Queensland Rose Society Autumn Rose Show (2016)
Website: Queensland Rose Society

To be announced: Gardening on the Edge (2016)
Check the Maleny Garden Club website for more information and contacts.

To be announced: Indigi Day Out (2016)
Redlands IndigiScapes Centre. For more information go to indigiscapes.redland.qld.gov.au/WhatsOn/Pages/Indigi-Day-Out.aspx

To be announced: Queensland Camellia Society annual display (2016)
For more information on the Society's annual camellia exhibition, visit their website: Queensland Camellia Society Inc

To be announced: Farm Fantastic Expo (2016)
Caboolture Showgrounds. For more information, visit their website: www.farmfantasticexpo.com.au

To be announced: Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers (2016)
Go to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers website for more information and contacts.

To be announced: Ipswich Home Gardener's Expo (2016)
Booval. Presented by the Glebe Garden Club (Ipswich). For more information go to www.glebegardenclubipswich.com.au

To be announced: Sustainable Living Expo (2016)
Cairns. For more information, contact Cairns Regional Council

To be announced: Springtime on the Mountain (2016)
Tamborine Mountain. For more information, go to www.tmbotanicgardens.org.au

To be announced: Queensland Rose Society Spring Show (2016)
Website: Queensland Rose Society

To be announced: Wondai Spring Garden Expo (2016)
Check the website for latest info: wondaigardenexpo.com

To be announced: Gold Coast Rose Society Annual Show (2016)
Website: Gold Coast Rose Society Inc

To be announced: Spring Native Plant Sale - Society for Growing Australian Plants (2015)
For more information, visit the Society's website: Society for Growing Australian Plants Queensland Region

To be announced: Buderim Garden Festival (2016)
Check the website for latest info: www.buderimgardenclub.com

To be confirmed: Brisbane Organic Growers' Fair (2016)
Check the Brisbane Organic Growers Inc. website for contacts if you require information about the 2015 Fair.

To be announced: Ginger Flower Festival (2017)
Visit www.gingerfactory.com.au for latest information


 
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Brisbane Green Events Brisbane City Council
Other Councils: Check the events section of their websites because they sometimes host talks, workshops, fairs etc that don't make it onto this page. Local government websites should also have information on parks and gardens in the area. Links to many council websites are provided on the Regional pages.
Roma Street Parkland Brisbane city
Save Our Waterways Now Events Calendar (Brisbane)
Northey Street City Farm Workshops, markets and other events (Brisbane)
Redlands IndigiScapes Centre Includes a "What's On" page
Gold Coast Parks Information about Gold Coast City Council parks, including a comprehensive "What's On" section
Hervey Bay Orchid House Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens. This page includes schedule of talks and other events at the Orchid House
Wildlife Queensland What's On page
Connect with Nature Wide range of activities for adults & children. Queensland Government


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