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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.


11 January 2016 (Monday): Composting and Worm Farming

Logan Hyperdome Library. 9.30am-11am. Organic recycling is a great way to minimise waste and benefit the garden. Create your own compost bin and worm farm. Try your hand at making compost in a bottle! Ages: Adults and children 5+. This is a free event run by Logan City Council for Logan residents. Places are limited and bookings are essential - call the relevant library or register online at loganlibraries.org/events_calendar. Or email environment[at]logan.qld.gov.au or phone 3412 4491 for more information about LCC's environmental events and activities.

14 January 2016 (Thursday): Composting and Worm Farming

Beenleigh Library. 11am-12pm. Organic recycling is a great way to minimise waste and benefit the garden. Create your own compost bin and worm farm. Try your hand at making compost in a bottle! Ages: Adults and children 5+. This is a free event run by Logan City Council for Logan residents. Places are limited and bookings are essential - call the relevant library or register online at loganlibraries.org/events_calendar. Or email environment[at]logan.qld.gov.au or phone 3412 4491 for more information about LCC's environmental events and activities.

18 January 2016 (Monday): Backyard Chickens for Beginners

Logan Central Library. 10am - 12noon. Join Claire Bickle to find out how to get started with keeping backyard chickens: housing, feeding, breed types, council regulations and more will be covered. This is a free event run by Logan City Council for Logan residents. Places are limited and bookings are essential - call 3412 4100 or register online at loganlibraries.org/events_calendar. Email environment[at]logan.qld.gov.au or phone 3412 4491 for more information about LCC's environmental events and activities.

21 January 2016 (Thursday): Composting and Worm Farming

Logan North Library. 10am-11am. Organic recycling is a great way to minimise waste and benefit the garden. Create your own compost bin and worm farm. Try your hand at making compost in a bottle! Ages: Adults and children 5+. This is a free event run by Logan City Council for Logan residents. Places are limited and bookings are essential - call the relevant library or register online at loganlibraries.org/events_calendar. Or email environment[at]logan.qld.gov.au or phone 3412 4491 for more information about LCC's environmental events and activities.

 
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22 - 24 January 2016: Ginger Flower Festival

Visit www.gingerfactory.com.au for latest information.

30 January 2016 (Saturday): Create Your Own Vertical Garden

Loganlea. Low on space and/or time for a garden but still want to enjoy their great benefits? Then join Shane Sadowsky from Akeko Vertical Gardens to learn how to create a vertical garden from recycled and natural materials and view one of his systems in action. 1pm-3pm. Ages: Adults and children 10+. 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 January 2016 (Saturday): Productive Gardens with Claire Bickle

Jimboomba Library. Find out what you need to know when embarking on creating a productive and sustainable garden: from composting tips to keeping chooks, organic vegetable, fruit and herb growing and more. 9am - 11am. Ages: Adults and children 10+. This is a free event run by Logan City Council for Logan residents. Places are limited and bookings are essential - call 3412 4190 or register online at loganlibraries.org/events_calendar. Email environment[at]logan.qld.gov.au or phone 3412 4491 for more information about LCC's environmental events and activities.

30 January 2016 (Saturday): Family Gardening Workshop: Creating an Edible Planter

Logan West Library. Join Claire Bickle as she shows how to create your very own pot of yummy edible plants: how to pot up, decorate and care for your plants. Ages: 5-12. 1.30pm - 3pm. Places are limited and bookings are essential - call 3412 4160 or register online at loganlibraries.org/events_calendar. This is a free event run by Logan City Council for Logan residents. Email environment[at]logan.qld.gov.au or phone 3412 4491 for more information about LCC's environmental events and activities.

6 - 7 February 2016: The Tropical Affair

The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. Presented by the International Cordyline Society. An opportunity for gardeners and collectors to purchase many varieties of tropical foliage plants including new release, rare plants and old favorites offering the best quality cordylines, bromeliads, gingers, costas, heliconias, orchids, palms and much, much more. Experienced growers and garden experts will be on hand to answer all your questions. Plant displays and a monster raffle. The event will be fully catered.
Saturday 6th February 2016, 8:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday 7th February 2016, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Admission $3, children free. Free parking and EFTPOS available. For more information go to www.cordyline.org

13 - 14 February 2016: Aspley Orchid Society Summer Show "Celebrating Valentine's Day"

The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. A wonderful variety of flowering orchids, ferns and foliage will be on display. All orchid growing requirements on sale. Potting demonstrations and cultural advice available. Plants for sale and light refreshments available. Saturday 8.00am-3.30pm; Sunday 9am-3.30pm. Entry Adults $4, under16 admitted free. www.aspleyorchidsociety.com

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20 February 2016 (Saturday): Herb Lovers by Annette McFarlane

Logan North Library. Herbs are some of the easiest and most productive plants you can grow in a small space. Great workshop for beginner gardeners or those who love to cook. 10.30am - 12.30pm. Places are limited and bookings are essential - call 3412 4140 or register online at loganlibraries.org/events_calendar. This is a free event run by Logan City Council for Logan residents. Email environment[at]logan.qld.gov.au or phone 3412 4491 for more information about LCC's environmental events and activities.

4 - 6 March 2016: Queensland International Orchid Fair

Beenleigh Showground, James Street, Beenleigh. Leading Queensland, Interstate & International Orchid Nurseries, specialist plant sellers and nursery supplies. Refreshments available. Free Admission & Parking. Friday 4th March 8am-4pm; Saturday 5th March 8am-4pm; Sunday 6th March 8am-3pm. www.orchidfair.com.au

12 - 13 March 2016: Beaudesert Districts Orchid and Foliage Society Inc Orchid and Foliage Show

School of Arts Hall, 3-7 Pine St, Canungra. Ample off-street parking. An exhibition of quality plants that have been judged by qualified judges. Quality plants grown by members for sale at reasonable prices [Be there early!]. Also trade tables where commercial growers will sell an assortment of plants including orchids and ferns. An accessory sales table where products not readily available to the enthusiast can be bought. Guest Speaker will talk on "Basics for Growing Orchids" Saturay at 9am and 11am, Sunday at 10.30am. Members who are successful orchid and foliage plant growers will also provide growing advice. Lucky door prizes, Giant Garden Hamper Raffle, refreshments. Two day entry pass $3. Saturday 8am-3pm; Sunday 9am-2pm. Website: www.bdofs.com

12 - 13 March 2016: Palm & Cycad Society of Australia Annual Show & Plant Sale.

The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. Huge range of rare and unusual palms and cycads for every garden situation. Plant display, cultivation advice, books, magazines. Saturday 9am-4pm; Sunday 9am-3pm. Admission $3, concession $2, under 18 free. Information 0410 680 467. www.pacsoa.org.au

12 - 13 March 2016: Ipswich Plant Expo

Check the website for more information: www.plantexpo.com.au

19 March 2016 (Saturday): Recycling with Weeds

IndigiScapes, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba QLD. The weeds you pull from your garden can be used in many different ways. Join IndigiScapes Bushcare officers to learn how. They'll even cover composting and art! RSVP by Monday 14 March to IndigiScapes ph. 3824 8611 or email indigiscapes[at]redland.qld.gov.au Website: www.indigiscapes.com.au

19 - 20 March 2016: Bromeliad Society of Queensland Autumn Show

The PCYC Club, Les Hughes Sports Complex, Baker St, Bray Park. There will be a number of displays plus a wide selection of plants for sale. Information will be available from experienced growers. Saturday 8.00am-4.00pm; Sunday 9.00pm-3.00pm. For more information visit the website www.bromsqueensland.com.au

25 - 27 March 2016: Queensland Orchid Society Inc. Autumn Orchid Show

The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. Amazing display of orchids. Orchids and Floral Art arrangements for sale at reasonable prices. Also orchid accessories, bark, fertilizers, pots and hangers etc. Friendly, knowledgeable people providing cultural advice and demonstrations. Light refreshments for sale. Good Friday 25th March 8.30am-3.30pm. Easter Saturday 26th March 8.30am-3.30pm. Easter Sunday 27th March 9.00am-3.00pm. Admission $4, children under 14 free. www.qos.org.au

9 - 10 April 2016: Viola's Patch Open Garden

280 Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road, Bahrs Scrub. Take exit 34 from Pacific Highway and travel to Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road; Garden 300m past Windaroo High School. Birdlife abound in this mature garden inspired by Queensland's tropical islands. Stone pathways wind among thriving bromeliads, cordylines and many rare and unusual plants. Turn the corner and discover a completely different landscape where sun-drenched lawns are enclosed by perennials, salvias and many other hardy cottage garden plants. Years of collecting has resulted in a diverse garden with Viola's passion for tropical and cottage gardens fulfilled. There'll be refreshments provided by Soroptimist International, plants for sale, demonstration each day at 11:30am on propagating perennials and bromeliads, guided garden walk at 12.30pm. Children's competition - every child wins a prize. Entry $8.00 adults, Concession Card Holders $6.00, Children under 18 Free. All gate proceeds will go to Mission Possible Volunteers Inc., a non profit organisation for sewing items for hospitals, foster care, homeless, young mothers in need, cancer patients and elderly in care patients. For more information go to www.opengardens-seq.com

9 - 10 April 2016: Bromeliad Extravaganza

Wavell Heights Community Hall, 175 Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights, Brisbane. Saturday 9th April 8am-3pm; Sunday 10th April 9am-2pm.

10 - 11 April 2016: Autumn Garden Spectacular

Presented by Ipswich Orchid Society Inc.

 
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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

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.

21 - 22 May 2016: Brisbane Plant Collectors Fair

The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. Plant collectors from the eastern states of Australia to be attending. A lineup of 6 guest speakers. 21st May 8.30am-4.00pm; 22nd May 8.30am-3.00pm.

22 May 2016 (Sunday): Herb Awareness

Albion Peace Hall, Windsor. Check the Queensland Herb Society Inc. website at www.qldherbsociety.org.au for more information

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.

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

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

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

8 - 10 July 2016: Queensland Garden Expo

Nambour Showgrounds, Nambour. Check the 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.

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.

1 - 2 October 2016: Spring Garden Spectacular

Presented by Ipswich Orchid Society Inc.


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: Gardenfest (2016)
Toowoomba. For more information, visit the website: Gardenfest

To be announced: International Composting Awareness Week Australia (2016)
Check the website: International Composting Awareness Week Australia

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: Toowoomba Hospice Camellia & Winter Market Festival (2015)
Toowoomba. Website: toowoombacamelliashow.com

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

To be announced: The Cactus and Succulent Society of Queensland (2016)
For more information on their annual show, visit the Society's website: Cactus and Succulent Society of Queensland Inc

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 2014 Annual Show
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: Brisbane International Garden Show (2016)
Pine Rivers Park, Strathpine. Check the www.brisbanegardenshow.com.au website for more 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


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