Mondays to Fridays (until Friday 20 December, tours resume Monday 6 January): Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha Free Mini-bus Tours
These entertaining tours take you throughout the gardens' smaller paths. Tours depart from the Information Kiosk. Limited to 11 seats. No bookings required. 10.30am-11.30am and 2pm-2.30pm. Free. For more information phone (07) 3403 2535
Mondays to Saturdays (until Saturday 14 December, tours resume Tuesday 28 January): 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.
2 - 3 November 2013: Mindilga (Open Gardens Australia)
Lutwyche. "A beautifully restored Victorian cottage, set amongst agapanthus and gardenia hedges, sits on what looks like your average suburban block." "But behind the unassuming facade lies a secret tropical oasis." "Beautiful trees are surrounded by exotic undergrowth that attracts hundreds of colourful Queensland birds and butterflies." "Nestled among the paths and green spaces are giant bromeliads, orchids and stunning sculptural pieces." For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar
2 - 3 November 2013: Three Stanthorpe district gardens (Open Gardens Australia)
Cooinda, Stanthorpe: "Restful sweeps of lawn are enclosed by windbreak hedges and lovely mature trees. Informal garden beds edged with rocks and logs collected from the paddocks are planted with abundant old-fashioned shrubs and perennials.""Roses also find a place in this charming country garden, with a hedge of 'Bloomfield Abundance' and many other varieties spreading across arbours and pergolas."
Moss Vale, The Summit (near Stanthorpe): "Filled with roses, clematis, lilies, perennials, shrubs and a magnificent jacaranda, this lovely old country garden harks back to times past." "Paths meander through to secret nooks, where pieces of Heather's pottery are cleverly displayed. A Wollemi pine grows under century-old conifers and there are beautiful rural views to Mt Lindsay."
Teale Homestead Garden, The Summit (near Stanthorpe): "Standing in this beautifully proportioned formal garden, it's hard to believe that it was a run-down 'renovator's delight' just ten short years ago.""A lovely granite stone wall, made by hand (using trial and error!) from rocks collected from a family member's property, along with hedging and architectural features, combine to create form and structure.""There is a gorgeous floral display of snowball trees, crabapples, roses, scabiosa and daisies, a romantic wisteria pergola, and a wide range of trees, shrubs and groundcovers." "A nineteenth-century slab shepherd's hut - dismantled, transported to the site, and lovingly rebuilt - is now flanked by callistemons and looks like it's always been there. There is also a stunning pond and fountain with a horse sculpture."
For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar
9 - 10 November 2013: North Moreton Queensland Orchid Council Inc.
The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. Displays of many types of orchids, species, hybrids and foliage. Cultural advice and potting demonstrations available. Plants and all orchid accessories including bark, pots, fertiliser, hangers and books for sale. Light refreshments available. Saturday 8.30am-3.30pm, Sunday 9am-3pm. Admission $4.
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9 - 10 November 2013: Cronk Garden (Open Gardens Australia)
Crows Nest. "This expansive garden is an exuberant celebration of the flower of love, its hundreds of mass-planted roses creating a heady mix of colour and perfume." "A soft backdrop to the rose beds is formed by shady green lawns and large trees sheltering hardy perennials, irises, annuals and shrubs." "Made up of many different areas - including a 'peaceful area' and 'diamond area' - the garden also features an eclectic collection of historic farm implements, old horse equipment and old farm gates." For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar
9 - 10 November 2013: Carramar (Open Gardens Australia)
Hampton. The garden "features hundreds of native trees and other shrubs growing alongside more than 200 camellias and heritage roses, exotic perennials and bulbs." "Tall trees shelter winding garden paths with mosaic stepping stones and lovely green lawns host some unusual specimens, including a beautiful doryanthus and a Wollemi pine." "Artefacts from bygone eras lie among the garden and there are plenty of places to sit and enjoy the serenity." For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar
12 November 2013 (Tuesday): Native Bee demonstration
Hervey Bay Orchid House, Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens. Bookings essential. For more information, go to Hervey Bay Orchid House Fraser Coast Regional Council
16 - 17 November 2013: Joncia Gardens (Open Gardens Australia)
Logan Reserve. "This fabulous award-winning garden, developed from nothing over twenty years of creativity and hard work, is a personal triumph for owners John and Marcia Rivett." "Packed with features, the garden contains many distinct areas, including a formal area with roses, elegant arbours and statues, a Japanese garden with a vibrant red oriental bridge, a cottage area with a Monet-style bridge, and a shady and cool rainforest area." "A superb, must-see vegetable garden, which provides year-round fresh produce, is flanked by the Little Cottage, complete with rocking chairs on the verandah." "There is an area planted with natives, which is alive with birdsong and native wildlife. A recent addition to this lovely area is the charming Little Bush Chapel with its leadlight windows and camphor laurel pews." For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar
16 - 17 November 2013: Cooleigh (Open Gardens Australia)
Irongate (near Pittsworth). "Gather up the kids and spend a wonderful family day in the young garden of this working farm." "Complete with cattle, sheep, goats, horses, dogs, alpacas, ponies, hens, ducks, geese, peacocks and guinea fowls, it really is a children's paradise." "Olive trees line the driveway and jacarandas and silky oaks provide gorgeous splashes of colour, complemented by the shady canopy of a golden rain tree, liquidambar, tipuanas and hoop bunya pines." "Boasting spectacular views, the garden also features stunning displays of canna lilies and a fences draped in vibrant bougainvilleas." "A pizza oven overlooks the many fruit trees, including plums, nectarine, orange, tangerines, limes, bananas, guava, mandarin, grapefruit and figs. Passionfruit vines hang over paw paws, hazelnuts, grapes and pecans." For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar
16 - 17 November 2013: Mt Russell (Open Gardens Australia)
Evanslea. "This lovely young garden, with views across to the rich farming land of the Darling Downs, is designed to blend harmoniously with the magnificent mountain coolibahs of the surrounding rocky landscape." "Mass plantings of star jasmine ramble over banks, while the fragrant blooms of Old World roses, the sweet orange-blossom scent of murraya, and the subtle perfume of the night-flowering jessamine create a wonderful sensory journey down the pathway to the front door." "Also a productive 'working' garden, there are fruit trees including grapefruit, oranges, lemons, mandarins, Tahitian lime, a prolific passionfruit vine and an edible black fig. Happy hens provide delicious eggs for the family." "A large rock wall and garden bed, constructed just this year using natural mossy boulders from the southern side of Mt Russell, is planted with a mix of bright and colourful flowering shrubs designed to add contrast to the sandy-coloured cliff face beyond." "Historical markers and original timber gates found on the property have been placed throughout, lending an air of permanence and natural belonging to this young garden." For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar
16 - 17 November 2013: Regency Park Retirement Village Gardens (Open Gardens Australia)
Warwick. "In this innovative retirement village a wheelchair-friendly walking trail winds through ten exciting and differently themed gardens." "There is a formal English Garden with massed roses, a Japanese Garden with bamboo, gravel surfaces and a tea-house facade, a 1950s Aussie Backyard with clothes line and outside dunny, and a Wishing Well in a simple formal setting." "Along the main drive is the stunning Outback Australian Garden, featuring sand, stone, a billabong and plantings of grass trees and wildflowers." "Three of the resident gardeners have won the Warwick Horticultural Society Spring Garden Competition three years running and Regency Village has also won first prize in the Commercial Business Industrial Garden section." For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar
17 November 2013 (Sunday): Growing, cooking and using subtropical plants
Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. 9-11am. Free. Part of the Active Parks program. Phone 0403 935 014 to reserve a place.
23 - 24 November 2013: Ian and Judy Wintle's Giving Garden Garden Opening
5 Carlton Court, Birkdale. Ian and Judy are avid plant collectors and their different plant passions will give enjoyment to all who visit. Plants for sale at very reasonable prices. Refreshments available all day. 9.00am - 4.30pm. Entry $5 per person. For more information, visit www.ianjudy.blogspot.com
23 - 24 November 2013: Tropical Foliage Festival
Cleveland. For more information visit www.cordyline.org
23 - 24 November 2013: The Laurels (Open Gardens Australia)
Warwick. "Well-known landscape designer, Clint Kenny, has created a beautiful and sustainable garden that reflects his creative flair and embraces a generous family lifestyle." Features "several gorgeous colour-themed perennial borders, a Woodland Walk, a stunning feature Jacaranda tree, and a dam, bull rush bird bath and babbling brook." For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar
30 November 2013 (Saturday): Exotic and fabulous foliage and flowers for Brisbane
Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. Find out what grows really well locally with little maintenance but still gives your garden the wow factor! Presented by Paul Plant, editor of Subtropical Gardening magazine and garden presenter for Radio RiverFM. Free. 10.30am-12.30pm. Meet at the Mt Coot-tha Library. For more information phone the library on (07) 3403 2550.
30 Nov - 1 Dec 2013: Rodway (Open Gardens Australia)
Toowoomba. "Two majestic jacarandas, planted when the beautiful heritage-listed home was built in the early 1900s, provide stunning spring colour in this expansive garden." "On entering the property, formal pathways edged with hundreds of individual box plants lead to a tear-shaped rose garden centerpiece." "Rows of colourful agapanthus surround the property, while banks of hydrangeas, swathes of hippeastrums, perennials and standard gardenias, and old-fashioned favourites such as lavender, crepe myrtles, buddleias, maples and silver birches provide interest all year round. A striking parterre garden made up of perfectly trimmed pittosporum and box hedging is a wonderful highlight of this elegant garden." For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar
1 December 2013 (Sunday): Composting and worm farming
Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. Learn how to combine ingredients to create a successful compost and various methods of composting. Make your own worm farm. Part of the Active Parks program. 9.30-11.30am. Meet at the information kiosk. Free. Phone 0403 935 014 to reserve a place.
7 - 8 December 2013: Blue Gables (Open Gardens Australia)
Wavell Heights. "Lush tropical greens and rich burgundies combine to create a cool and tranquil atmosphere in this gorgeous garden." "What used to be a classic 1950s garden ... has been transformed into a tropical haven where gravel paths meander among gingers, daturas, heliconias, bromeliads and soft-foliaged ferns." For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar
7 - 8 December 2013: Tearman (Open Gardens Australia)
Highvale. "Named after an old Celtic word meaning 'sanctuary', this beautiful garden is a noted haven for wildlife, including many colonies of native stingless bees relocated from at-risk situations throughout south-east Queensland." "In a stunning setting of swamp bloodwood and Eucalyptus dunnii, plantings for nectar and pollen include native senna, salvias, camellias and roses. Bush tucker plants and trees have also been planted throughout the garden." Talks on native stingless bees at 10am, 1pm and 3pm on both days. There will also be demonstrations and advice on bee-keeping and colony management. For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar
8 - 9 February 2014: The Tropical Affair
The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. For more information visit www.cordyline.org
15 - 16 February 2014: Aspley Orchid Society Summer Show
The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. A wonderful display of orchid flowers will fill the Auditorium. Orchid and foliage plants for sale plus all your orchid growing requirements i.e. pots, labels, fertilizer and much more. Potting demonstrations throughout the weekend and cultural advice available. Light refreshments. Opening hours Saturday 15th 8.30am to 4pm and Sunday 16th 9am to 3.30pm. Admission Adults $4.00, Children U/16 free. Ample parking and wheelchair access. For more information, phone (07) 3269 7537, email aspley[at]y7mail.com or visit aspleyorchidsociety.com
21 - 23 February 2014: Hundscheidt's Tropical Gardens open garden
For more information, visit www.dennishundscheidt.com.au/OpenGarden.aspx
1 - 2 March 2014: Bromeliad Extravaganza
Wavell Heights Community Hall, 175 Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights. Brisbane. Saturday 1st March 8am-3pm and Sunday 2nd March 9am-2pm.
8 - 9 March 2014: Ipswich Plant Expo
Two stages featuring local guest speakers. Over 100 stalls of dedicated plant sellers and related products. Native and non-native plants. Organic and edible gardening. Plant creche and a variety of food stalls. Educational sessions and entertainment for both adults and children.
Where: Ipswich Turf Club (Racecourse), 219 Brisbane Rd, Bundamba. Enter via TL Cooney Ave
Times: 8am - 4pm
Entry: $5 per adult. Children under 15 free. Limited free car parking.
25 - 29 March 2014: Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show Tour
Uplift Tours and Travel present a fully escorted tour departing Brisbane incorporating two days entry to the world-renowned Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, plus some of Victoria's best attractions. Deposits due 30 November 2013. For more information visit the www.uplifttoursandtravel.com or phone (07) 3283 1966
8 June 2014 (Sunday): Logan Eco Action Festival (LEAF)
For more information, go to www.logan.qld.gov.au/LEAF
11 - 13 July 2014: Queensland Garden Expo
Nambour Showgrounds, Nambour. Check the Queensland Garden Expo website for more information.
Anyone with firm dates for Queensland gardening events in 2014 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 below.