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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.

6 November 2016 (Sunday): Redlands Bonsai Society Annual Show

Donald Simpson Centre, 175 Bloomfield St Cleveland. South East Queensland's biggest and best one day bonsai show. Over 75 mature bonsai exhibited. Free guided tours. Extensive sales area of pre-bonsai and bonsai trees, pots and tools. Refreshments available. Open 9.30 am to 4.00 pm. Adults $4, Concession $3, Children under 15, free. Free parking available.

7 November 2016: Bushfood 4 Biodiversity Talk & Plant Sale

Laidley. Presented by Flora 4 Fauna. More information: facebook.com/events/1602815983347675/

9 November 2016: Bushfood 4 Biodiversity Talk & Plant Sale

Alexandra Hills. Presented by Flora 4 Fauna. More information: facebook.com/events/992050434237812/

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

 
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19 - 20 November 2016: Wintle Giving Garden (garden opening)

5 Carlton Court, Birkdale. A one acre property which has become one of South East Queensland's best known and loved sub-tropical gardens. Must-sees include collections of amorphophallus, beehive gingers, costus, orchids and a fabulous collection of bromeliads. If you've been before, please come again as there's always something new to see. Ian has created new gardens this year and planted 100s of new plants. As usual, Judy has prepared a large variety of rare and beautiful plants for sale at very reasonable prices. Lions Club will be providing refreshments all day. 9.00am to 4.30pm. Entry $7 per person (children free). More information at ianjudy.blogspot.com or facebook.com/birkdalegarden

26 November 2016: Pollinators 4 Biodiversity - Free Walk & Talk

Brisbane. Presented by Flora 4 Fauna. More information: facebook.com/events/1816214535263454/

26 - 27 November 2016 (NOTE CHANGE OF DATE): Spring Bromeliad Bonanza 2016

Brisbane Table Tennis Centre, Green Terrace, Windsor. 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. More information at www.bromsqueensland.com.au

27 November 2016: Native Plant Sale - Pollinator Week 2016

Forest Lake Presented by Flora 4 Fauna. More information: facebook.com/events/189906104767284/

11 December 2016 (Sunday): Bushfood & Biodiversity Eco Tour

Presented by Flora 4 Fauna. This tour will explore the unique flora and fauna in and around the National Parks and Forest Reserves of SE QLD & Northern NSW. More information: facebook.com/events/1000806000028872/

17 December 2016 (Saturday): Introduction to 'BioPerm' - Biodiverse Permaculture

Presented by Flora 4 Fauna. This free talk will introduce and explain the principles and concepts of 'BioPerm', an acronym for 'Biodiverse Permaculture', which is the science of creating a productive and sustainable biodiverse eco-system that not only produces an abundance of Native Australian Bushfood and Bush Medicine for humans, but also provides vital habitat and food sources for the local Native Australian Fauna, while simultaneously helping to preserve our rare and endangered Native Flora. More information: facebook.com/events/1038057986316550/

18 December 2016 (Sunday): Native Plant Sale - Bushfood & Pollinator Attracting Host Plants

To celebrate the upcoming Summer Solstice, Flora 4 Fauna - Australia will be hosting a native plant sale. There will be a wide range of native Australian bushfood & pollinator attracting host plants available for sale, many of which are rare and endangered that flower and fruit during our sub-tropical Summer months. More information: facebook.com/events/2131124827112006/

2017
20 - 22 January 2017: Ginger Flower and Food Festival

The Ginger Factory, Yandina. For more information, go to www.gingerfactory.com.au/whats-on/2017-ginger-flower-and-food-festival

11 - 12 February 2017: Bromeliad Extravaganza

Wavell Heights Community Hall, 175 Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights. Saturday 11th February 8am-3pm; Sunday 12 th February 9am-2pm.

11 - 12 February 2017: Aspley Orchid Society 'Summer Orchid Spectacular'

The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. Spectacular display of flowering orchids, ferns and foliage. All orchid growing requirements on sale: bark, fertilizer, labels, pots etc. Potting demonstrations and cultural advice. Light refreshments. Saturday 11th 8am-3.30pm; Sunday 12th 9am-3.30pm. Admission $4, under 16 free. Wheelchair access. For more information phone 3269 7537 or email aspley[at]y7mail.com

18 - 19 February 2017: Joncia Gardens Open Garden

39-63 Derby Rd, Logan Reserve. Stroll around and enjoy a dazzling award winning garden that has featured numerous times on Gardening Australia, Great South East and Brisbane Extra. Joncia Gardens is currently Brisbane and Logan's Grand Champion Garden. A superb vege patch, oriental bridge with garden, Little Bush chapel, Monet style bridge leading to a full wrought iron rotunda, tropical rainforest walk and lots more to explore. Plants for sale. Refreshments will be available. Wheelchair friendly. Toilets available. Open :9am-4pm Entry $8 Adults, $6 Pensioners & Concession holders, Under 18 free. More information: www.joncia.com.au

 
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11 - 12 March 2017: Ipswich Plant Expo

Ipswich Turf Club, Bundamba. For more information, go to plantexpo.com.au

29 - 30 April 2017: Viola's Patch Open Garden

280 Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road, Bahrs Scrub. Opening in support of Mission Possible Volunteers Inc., a Logan City charity. This rambling, extensive garden from tropical to sun-drenched lawns enclosed by perennials was featured on Gardening Australia in October 2015. Come along and experience a beautiful hidden paradise. Plants for sale. Propagation demonstration each day at 11:30am, garden walk with Viola at 12:30pm. Children's competition - every child wins a prize. Refreshments by Soroptimist International. Entry $8.00 adults, $6 pensioners, $6 concession holders, Under 18 Free. Washroom wheelchair friendly. More information: opengardens-seq.com/upcoming-events/628-2/

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

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

17 June 2017: Esk Garden & Lifestyle Fair

Old Esk Railway Station, Pipeliner Park, Esk-Hampton Road, Esk. A real country garden fair with something for everyone. Enjoy. quality stallholders, numerous plant stalls, speakers featuring Noel Burdette, scarecrow contest & display, delicous hot food, excellent raffle prizes, bus drop zone & plant creche. Visit Somerset Art Society Art Awards, Esk Quilt & Craft Shows. Classic Car Display. Saturday 17th June, 8am-3pm. Entry gold coin donation. More information: facebook.com/events/327069067640414/

7 - 9 July 2017: Queensland Garden Expo

Nambour. 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 7th July 8am-5pm; Saturday 8th July 8am-5pm; Sunday 9th July 8am-4pm. Adults $18 ($16 aged concession), $16 for groups of 10 or more, children 15 years and under free. Bus trips are welcome! For more information go to www.qldgardenexpo.com.au

3 September 2017 (Sunday): Botanical Bazaar - Gold Coast Gardening Expo

Country Paradise Parklands, 231 Beaudesert-Nerang Road, Nerang. Take home new gardening ideas and expert advice from the likes of Phil Dudman, Clarie Bickle, Green Dean, Aymon Gow (GM Tropical Fruit World) and more. Fall in love with botanical art and homewares plus view a huge variety of plants including edible, ornamental, native and tropical. Discover more about urban gardening from aquaponics to vertical gardening, bees to backyard chooks. Come along and interact with like-minded people and community groups passionate about nature. Supported by Tropical Fruit World. An all-weather event, with plenty of free parking and delicious food/drink stalls available on site. Sunday September 3. 9.00am-5.00pm. $12 adults, $4 kids (5yrs & above). Kids free when adult tickets are purchased online. botanicalbazaar.com.au

Anyone with firm dates for Queensland gardening events in 2017 and beyond are welcome to send them now. Additional details can be submitted closer to the event, if necessary. More information.
To be announced: The Tropical Affair (2017)
Presented by the International Cordyline Society. For more information go to www.cordyline.org

To be announced: Brisbane Plant Collectors Fair (2017)
Check facebook.com/events/1036406336381234/ for the latest information

To be announced: Herb Awareness (2017)
Check www.qldherbsociety.org.au for the latest information

To be announced: Gympie Garden Expo (2017)
Website: gympiegardenexpo.com.au

To be announced: Indigi Day Out (2017)
Redlands IndigiScapes Centre. For more information go to indigiscapes.redland.qld.gov.au/WhatsOn/Pages/Indigi-Day-Out.aspx

To be announced: ECOfiesta (2017)
Cairns. For more information, visit cairns.qld.gov.au/community-environment/sustainability/ecofiesta

To be announced: Toowoomba Hospice Camellia & Winter Market Festival (2017)
Toowoomba. Website: toowoombacamelliashow.com

To be announced: International Composting Awareness Week Australia (2017)
Check the website: International Composting Awareness Week Australia

To be announced: Queensland Rose Society Autumn Rose Show (2017)
Website: Queensland Rose Society

To be announced: Wondai Autumn Garden Expo (2017)
Wondai (near Kingaroy). Website: wondaigardenexpo.com

To be announced: Autumn Native Plant Sale - Society for Growing Australian Plants (2017)
organised by by Native Plants Queensland (formerly Society for Growing Australian Plants Queensland Region) For more information, visit their website: www.sgapqld.org.au

To be announced: Logan Eco Action Festival (2017)
Griffith University, Logan Campus. For more information, visit www.logan.qld.gov.au/LEAF

To be announced: The Cactus and Succulent Society of Queensland (2017)
For more information on their annual show, visit the Society's website: Cactus and Succulent Society of Queensland Inc

To be announced: Queensland Camellia Society annual display (2017)
For more information on the Society's annual camellia exhibition, visit their website: Queensland Camellia Society Inc

To be announced: Gardening on the Edge (2017)
Check the Maleny Garden Club website for more information and contacts.



 
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Have you ever heard about an event on the TV or radio but didn't have a pen handy? Or a friend mentioned it, but she didn't know the details? Sure you read about it somewhere but you already threw out the newspaper?

The purpose of this page is to inform the public of plant and garden-related happenings around Queensland. It's a place for people who may have heard about an event to come to look for more information. It's also designed to be easy to browse, for those who are simply looking for something to do on the weekend.

Listing on this page is FREE. You're welcome to use this calendar to promote garden shows, eco festivals, garden open days, grand openings, demonstrations, workshops, talks, seminars, bus trips, magazine or book launches etc if there's a component of plants or gardening. Both non-profit (clubs, societies, government, charity etc) AND commercial organisations (nursery and garden industry, events promoters, publishers etc) may all list here for free.

Interstate or international garden tours originating in Queensland may also be included.

Information can be taken from your website, fliers, brochures, media releases or your own calendar of events. However, a summarised version submitted as electronic text (suitable for easy cutting & pasting) is appreciated and will help get your listing online faster. Please note that any submitted material may be edited.

Notification as far in advance as possible is encouraged. It will give you a greater chance of being found by your potential visitors. Dates a year ahead will be posted, if available. You can submit more details closer to the event if you want. Don't forget a link to your website!

Other news items related to plants or gardens in Qld is also invited for possible use elsewhere on this website and/or on the companion website queenslandgardening.com.
More events & gardens to visit
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
Friends of Noosa Botanic Gardens Inc. Various activities and events
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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