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Queensland Gardening Events Diary


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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.

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3 June 2017 (Saturday): Indigi Day Out & Folk Redlands Festival of Music

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Rd, Capalaba. For more information go to indigiscapes.redland.qld.gov.au/WhatsOn/Pages/Indigi-Day-Out.aspx

3 - 4 June 2017: Lindmar Open Garden and Plant Lovers Fair

130 Blewers Road, Morayfield. A beautifully presented acreage garden where curving pathways take you past large gardens of flowering camellias, bromeliads, coleus, iresine, an established rainforest, shady seating areas and quirky garden features. Specialist growers of cottage garden perennials, orchids, tropical plants, herbs, bromeliads, succulents and rare and unusual climbing plants will be in attendance. Plant sales, garden talks, arts and crafts, native bee demonstrations, jams and preserves, garden furniture and tools. 9.30am-4pm both days. Entry $7, under 18 free. Light refreshments will be available for sale. Toilet facilities on site. Easy access for wheelchairs. Website: www.lindmargarden.com.au

4 June 2017 (Sunday): Ecofest
Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens. Webpage: Ecofest

Gain an increased awareness of the marine environment every day at 2017 - CQ's largest free environmental event.

10 - 11 June 2017: Gardening on the Edge

Maleny Showgrounds, Maleny-Stanley River Road, Maleny. Visit six privately owned hinterland gardens. Tickets at Maleny Showgrounds and at the gardens. $20 for 6 gardens, $12 for 3 gardens and $5 for 1 garden. Free entry to garden market with over 20 specialist stalls. Lunches and teas available. 9am to 4pm. Website: www.malenygardenclub.org

10 - 11 June 2017: Cactus & Succulent Show

The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha. Presented by the Cactus and Succulent Society of Queensland Inc. Plant displays, competitions, lots and lots of large & small quality plants for sale, including many rare and unusual ones. Members of the Society will be on hand for help with any questions associated with growing succulent plants. Saturday June 10: 9.00am-3.30pm; Sunday June 11: 9.00am-3.00pm. Admission $4.00, children under 14 free if accompanied by an adult. Website: http://www.cssq.org.au

11 June 2017 (Sunday): Authentic Zen Garden in the Suburbs

Elements Retirement Living, 224 Dennis Road, Springwood. Set against a backdrop of 470 hectares of koala bushland, this authentic Japanese Zen Garden will open to the public for the first time. Enter the lush and tranquil sanctuary through the cedar wood gate and be greeted by male and female waterfalls cascading into a large pond. From the tea house and viewing platform, take in the soothing surrounds as water trickles into rock passages and under specially crafted bridges. Designed by Tokyo-based master landscaper Tamon Yamaguchi, the Zen Garden cost $500,000 to complete and showcases a magnificent display of plants including Sango Kaku (Acer Palmatum), Trident Maple, Tropical Birch , Crape Myrtle, Scarlet Maple, Eumundi, White Oak, Chinese Elm, Weeping Willow, Banbusa Chungii, Bamboo, Nepalese Blue , Timor Black, Japanese Maple, Zosia, Mondo grass and Viola. Open: 10.00am-3.00pm. Cost: Free. Contact: (07) 3299 3775. Website:elementsliving.com.au/facilities/#zen-garden

Departures 8, 22, 29 May; 8, 19 June; 17 July; 21, 28 August; 4, 11, 18 September 2017:



 

The Garden of England

with Back-Roads Touring

Open a treasure box of storybook castles, secret tunnels and enchanting gardens as we dedicate five days to England's exquisite South East. Discover the tales that make Canterbury the jewel in the county's crown and see why Whitstable has been dubbed the 'Pearl of Kent'.

Walk the halls of iconic castles - from Hever to Dover
Wind your way through beautiful countryside aboard a traditional steam train
Sample celebrated beers at Shepherd Neame, Britain's oldest brewer

Back-Roads Touring are experts at providing friendly, relaxed, and flexible touring in Small Group and Tailor-Made packages. The team can also assist with airfares, pre/post accommodation & transfers.

For bookings call our Brisbane-based Customer Service Team
1300 100 410
 
Departures 8, 22, 29 May; 8, 19 June; 17 July; 21, 28 August; 4, 11, 18 September 2017
5 days / 4 nights
From $2325pp twin/double
Maximum 15 guests per tour
More info: Garden of England Tour
14 - 15 June 2017: Leafmore Winter Garden School

President's Room, City Golf Club, 254 South Street, Toowoomba 4350. Presented by Leafmore Garden Society Inc. This is the ninth biennial Winter Garden School. The 2 day Garden School features seven high profile speakers and a dinner on the Wednesday night. Choose whether you attend both days, one day only or the dinner only. The day is filled with speakers, provided lunch and morning tea, indoor stalls and multi draw raffles. Participants come from SE and Western Qld, Northern NSW and some from interstate to catch up with old friends, meet new friends, exchange ideas and views and to hear well known and respected presenters. It is often their break from the problems of life. The Garden School fulfils the Leafmore Garden Society's aims to further knowledge of horticulture and foster a love of gardening as well as raising money for various charities. This year Kidney Support Network and Understand Alzheimer's Educate Australia have been chosen. All enquiries to leafmore4350[at]gmail.com or phone Joan 07 46326708 or Val 07 46355232.

17 June 2017 (Saturday): 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/

24 - 25 June 2017: North Moreton Queensland Orchid Council Inc. Charity Spectacular Orchid Show

The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha. Many varieties of orchids, ferns and foliage plants will be on display and for sale. Throughout the day, potting demonstrations will be done with experts on hand to give advice. Wide range of fertilizer, pots and horticultural supplies on sale. Light refreshments available. Tour buses are welcome. Proceeds of the show donated to Be Uplifted Inc., a breast cancer support group. Saturday June 24th 8.30am-3.30pm and Sunday June 25th 8.30am-3.00pm. Entry Adults $4.00, Children under 14 years free. Access by public transport available. Free parking onsite.

25 June 2017 (Sunday): Focus on Camellias

Peace Hall, 106 McDonald Rd Windsor. Presented by the Queensland Camellia Society Inc. Display of camellias, information and advice. Bloom competition and other flower arrangements, plant sales and raffles. Light refreshments available. 9am-3pm. Talks 9.45am and 1pm. Entry $3.00, children free. Culture books available for $5.00 or $6.00 posted. www.camelliasqld.org.au

26 June 2017 (Monday): Floral Art Society of Queensland Frienship Day

The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha. Enjoy the floral designs on display and demonstration by special guest & floral designer Francesca Petherbridge. Visitors very welcome! 9.30am for a 10am start. Cost $10 (includes entry, tea/coffee on arrival, lucky door ticket and a light lunch). Phone 0412 735 483 or email fasqsecretary[at]gmail.com for more information. Website: www.floralartsocietyqld.org.au

7 - 9 July 2017
Queensland Garden Expo logo
 

Queensland Garden Expo

Queensland's premier gardening event is on again in Nambour on the beautiful Sunshine Coast.

Whether you're a first-time gardener or seasoned enthusiast, there's lots to enjoy.


Location:  

Nambour Showgrounds, Sunshine Coast. Free shuttle bus from train station. More travel & parking info on the website

Times:  

Friday 7th July, 8am-5pm

Saturday 8th July, 8am-5pm

Sunday 9th July, 8am-4pm

Cost:  

Adult $18, children 15 yrs and under free. See website for group rates, concessions and multi-day passes

More than 360 exhibitors including over 55 nurseries, plant cloak room
More than 120 presentations and demonstrations across eight stages
A team of garden pros on hand to answer questions & offer free advice
Display garden competition. Cast a vote in the People's Choice Award
Giant organic kitchen garden, Gourmet Garden Stage, organic food court
Garden clubs' & societies' exhibits, members available to answer questions
Sunshine Coast Council's Living Backyard - learn how to attract wildlife
To learn more & purchase tickets online, go to www.qldgardenexpo.com.au
15 - 16 July 2017: Toowoomba Camellia Show and Garden Expo

Toowoomba. Website: www.toowoombacamelliashow.com

23 July 2017 (Sunday): Noosa Botanic Gardens Seasonal Guided Walk

More information at noosabotanicgardensfriends.com

30 July 2017 (Sunday): National Tree Day

Activities are planned at many locations around the country. Check if there's something happening in your area at the official website: Planet Ark National Tree Day 2015

26 August 2017 (Saturday): Ipswich Home Gardener's Expo

Booval. Presented by the Glebe Garden Club (Ipswich). For more information go to www.glebegardenclubipswich.com.au

26 - 27 August 2017: Logan & District Orchid Society Annual Show

Springwood Road State School, 94 - 120 Springwood Road, Springwood. Saturday 8.30am-4pm; Sunday 8.30am-2pm. Website: www.lados.org.au

26 - 27 August 2017: North Brisbane Orchid Society Inc. Spring Show

The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha. There will be an outstanding WOW display of orchids to view. An opportunity to buy a variety of quality orchids and other potted plants. Something for Mum and Dad. Potting mixes, fertilizers, pots etc will be available to purchase. Potting demos during the whole weekend with expert advice given by a grower. Art and Craft stall packed with home made goodies including popular cakes, jams, sweets etc. for sale. Very large box of orchids for our raffle to be drawn on Sunday afternoon. Would be fun to win. Second hand books mainly on orchid culture very cheap. Light refreshments will be served including the popular Devonshire Tea. Admission Adults $4.00, children under 14 free. More info 32046324. Wheel chair friendly.

3 September 2017 (Sunday):
Botanical Bazaar  

Botanical Bazaar

Gold Coast Gardening Expo

Take home new gardening ideas and expert advice from the likes of Costa Georgiadis, 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, how to maintain Native/European bees (including the Flowhive) or learn to make your own cheese. There are kids activities, a backyard critters corner and community groups passionate about nature, all within on 13 hectares of parklands.

   Botanical Bazaar
Botanical Bazaar is being staged at picturesque Country Paradise Parklands.

An all-weather event with delicious food/drink stalls available on site.

Location: Country Paradise Parklands, 231 Beaudesert-Nerang Road, Nerang.
Time: Sunday September 3, 9.00am-5.00pm
Early Bird Rates: Adults $11, Kids FREE (up to 15yrs), Group 10+ $10 each
Standard Rates: Adults $15, Kids $5, Group 10+ $14 each.

9 - 10 September 2017: The Coucals Open Garden

8 Belah Street, Mount Crosby. Open Garden with light refreshments served by the Australian Red Cross (Ipswich Branch) who also benefits from the gate fee. Open 9am-4pm. Entry $8. For more information go to www.coucalsgarden.com

9 - 10 September 2017: Bromeliad Extravaganza

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

15 - 24 September 2017: Toowoomba Carnival Of Flowers

Go to the website www.tcof.com.au for more information.

16 - 18 September 2017: Toowoomba & Districts Bromeliad Society Spring Show and Sale

Sacred Heart Primary School Hall, North and Tor Streets, Toowoomba. Show is first weekend of Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Includes sale of bromeliads, cacti, succulents and foliage. Open 8.00am to 4.00pm daily. Admission $3 per adult. Website: bromeliadstoowoomba.com.au

16 - 17 September 2017: Spring Native Flower Show and Plants Market

Presented by Native Plants Queensland (formerly Society for Growing Australian Plants Queensland Region) For more information visit their website: npq.org.au/whats-on/major-events

17 September 2017 (Sunday): Judging Day for The Hills District & Bunya Garden Competition

Free entry for residents of Everton Hills, Ferny Hills, Arana Hills and Bunya. 49th year for this local garden competition. More information on www.facebook.com/HDBGC or the website www.fhpa.org.au

22 - 24 September 2017: Springtime on the Mountain

Tamborine Mountain. For more information, go to www.tmbotanicgardens.org.au

23 - 24 September 2017: Wondai Spring Garden Expo

Wondai Sportsground and Lions Pavilion, Bunya Highway, Wondai. Display by Wondai & District Garden Club. Horticulture show & photography competition. Guest speakers and musical entertainment. Quality products for garden, home and you! Saturday 8am-4.30pm, Sunday 8am-1pm. Full Program on both days. Entry $5.00 per person per day, $8.00 for two-day ticket, children free. Easy bus access and free parking. Website: www.wondaigardenexpo

30 September - 1 October 2017: Gold Coast Rose Society Annual Rose Show

Robina Community Centre, Gold Coast. goldcoastrosesociety.org.au

30 September - 1 October 2017: Bromeliad and Foliage Frenzy

Mininbah State School, corner Walkers Rd and Minimbah Drive, Upper Caboolture. A short 45 minute drive from the centre of Brisbane and well worth the visit. Wide range of bromeliads and sub-tropical foliage plants. Information from growers and advice on plant selection. There will be a large raffle with proceeds going to the school gardens. Free entry! Doors open at 8.00am both days. Closing early on Sunday. Be there early to get those special plants. Plenty of parking, bus groups welcome. Food will be available - sandwiches, cakes, tea, coffee and drinks. Website: cabbroms.webs.com

7 - 8 October 2017: Queensland Rose Society Spring Rose Show

The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha. You'll love the sight and scent of hundreds of colourful, fragrant blooms, all in one location. Throughout the show, there'll be friendly and experienced rose growers from the Society on hand to answer your questions, and 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 yourself or someone special! Saturday 11.30am-4.00pm; Sunday 8th October, 9.00am-3.00pm. Admission $4, children under 5 free. Website: www.qld.rose.org.au

14 October 2017 (Saturday): Buderim Garden Festival

Check the website for more information: www.buderimgardenclub.com

18 - 19 October 2017 : National Convention of the Australian Floral Art Association (public days)

The Surf Air, 923 David Low Way, Marcoola Beach, Sunshine Coast. Hosted by the Floral Art Society of Qld Inc. A display of beautiful Floral Design exhibits by Floral Designers from around Australia. Open 9am to 3.30pm. Entrance Cost: $5. For more information phone 0412 735 483, email conventionfasq[at]gmail.com or vist the website www.floralartsocietyqld.org.au

21 - 22 October 2017: Boonah Orchid Show & Sarcochilus Festival

Boonah High School Hall, Macquarie Street, Boonah. Boonah Harrisville Anglican Parish invites you to enjoy the beauty of the displays at their annual Orchid Show.Trade displays, plant stalls, refreshments, home cooking & craft stall, raffles. Saturday 9.00am-4.00pm; Sunday 9.00am-1.00pm. Adults $3.00, children free. More information: 0408 889 172

29 October 2017 (Sunday): Noosa Botanic Gardens Seasonal Guided Walk

More information at noosabotanicgardensfriends.com

11 - 12 November 2017: Bromeliad Society of Queensland Spring Bonanza

Brisbane Table Tennis Centre, 86 Green Tce, Windsor. There will be thousands of plants available for purchase, a large competition to view special bromeliads, some displays to show how beautiful these plants are and information available from experienced growers. Get there early to buy the best plants. There will be new releases and a rare plant auction on Saturday morning. Watch our Facebook page for more details. A monster raffle will provide a good starter pack or addition for any garden. Public Transport is available to the door with plenty of parking available for those who wish to drive. Parking is available under the hall. Starts 8.00am Saturday and 9.00am Sunday. Website: bromsqueensland.com.au



2018
23 February - 4 March 2018: Apple & Grape Harvest Festival

Stanthorpe. The last festival included open gardens in the Stanthorpe and Granite Belt region. Website: www.appleandgrape.org

21 - 22 April 2018:
    

Pine Rivers Garden and Plant Fair

Plant sales, garden equipment, specialty products, plant creche, food stalls, face painting, entertainment.

Guest speakers Noel Burdette, Claire Bickle, Russell Young, Annette Irish, Carol Kerkin.

Easy access, off street parking, wheel chair friendly venue (ask about parking). Buses welcome. Lawnton train station 5 min walk, 10 min drive from Bruce Highway (Exit 58) and 5 mins drive from Strathpine Shopping Centre. Nearest ATMs at Westfield. Leashed dogs allowed.

 
Location:  

Lawnton Show Ground, 757 Gympie Road, Lawnton

Times:  

Saturday 21 April, 8.30am-4.30pm

Sunday 22 April, 8.30am-2 pm

Cost:  

$5 for 1 day, $8 for 2 days

Website:  www.pineriversgardenandplantfair.com.au
 
   Russell Young of Russell Young Garden Designs
Proudly hosted by Russell Young of Russell Young Garden Designs, this event is the only one of its kind held locally as a community project
  
Departures 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25 May 2018:
 

Chelsea Flower Show

with Back-Roads Touring

Stop and smell the roses on this leisurely tour of Southeast England's greatest gardens and show-stealing stately homes.

Visit the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show
Tour historic manor houses and beautiful grounds of Southeast England
Enjoy overnight stays in historic royal towns such as Tunbridge Wells and Windsor

Back-Roads Touring are experts at providing friendly, relaxed, and flexible touring in Small Group and Tailor-Made packages. The team can also assist with airfares, pre/post accommodation & transfers.

For bookings call our Brisbane-based Customer Service Team
1300 100 410
 
Departures 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25 May 2018
7 days / 6 nights
Prices TBA. Call 1300 100 410 for early notification.
Maximum 15 guests per tour
More info: Chelsea Flower Show Tour
Anyone with firm dates for Queensland gardening events in 2018 and beyond are welcome to send them now. Additional details can be submitted closer to the event, if necessary. More information.
To be announced: Beaudesert Districts Orchid & Foliage Society Spring Show (2017)
For more information, visit their website: www.bdofs.com

To be announced: Brisbane Organic Growers' Fair (2017)
Check the Brisbane Organic Growers Inc. website for contacts if you require information about the 2016 Fair.

To be announced: Ginger Flower Festival (2018)
Visit www.gingerfactory.com.au for latest information

To be announced: The Tropical Affair (2018)
Presented by the International Cordyline Society. For more information go to www.cordyline.org

To be announced: Ipswich Plant Expo (2018)
Check the website for latest info: www.plantexpo.com.au

To be announced: Redlands Good Gardening Expo (2018)
Check the website for latest info: indigiscapes.redland.qld.gov.au/WhatsOn/Pages/Redlands-Good-Gardening-Expo.aspx

To be announced: Gympie Garden Expo (2018)
Website: gympiegardenexpo.com.au

To be announced: Brisbane Plant Collectors Fair (2018)
Check facebook.com/events/1036406336381234/ for the latest information

To be announced: Herb Awareness (2018)
Check www.qldherbsociety.org.au for the latest information

To be announced: ECOfiesta (2018)
Cairns. For more information, visit cairns.qld.gov.au/community-environment/sustainability/ecofiesta

To be announced: International Composting Awareness Week Australia (2018)
Check the website: International Composting Awareness Week Australia

To be announced: Indigi Day Out (2018)
Redlands IndigiScapes Centre. For more information go to indigiscapes.redland.qld.gov.au/WhatsOn/Pages/Indigi-Day-Out.aspx

To be announced: Queensland Rose Society Autumn Rose Show (2017)
Website: www.qld.rose.org.au

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

To be announced: Autumn Plants Market - Native Plants Queensland (2018)
Presented by Native Plants Queensland (formerly Society for Growing Australian Plants Queensland Region) For more information visit their website: npq.org.au/whats-on/major-events


 
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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
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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