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Are you organising a garden show, gardening workshop, open garden, garden tour or community planting day in Qld? Be sure to send in some details ASAP for free publicity on this page.
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.
Open Gardens Australia (formerly Australia's Open Garden Scheme)
Connect with Nature A wide range of activities for adults and children. Queensland Government
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

Queensland Gardening Events Diary

If you're looking for a particular event, scroll down the page (events arranged by date) or use the "find" function in your browser using a relevant keyword (e.g. "Nambour").

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.

Mondays to Saturdays: Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha Free Guided Discovery Tours

Mt. Coot-tha. Enjoy a relaxed and informative guided walk with a garden guide. Tours start at the Information Centre. No bookings required. 11am-12noon and 1pm-2pm. Free. For more information phone (07) 3403 2535.

3 - 5 April 2015: Queensland Orchid Society Inc Easter Show

The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. Opening times are Friday & Saturday 8.30am-3.30pm and Sunday 8.30am-3pm. There will be a spectacular display of both Species and Hybrid Orchids on the benches and for sale. There will also be potting demonstrations and an information table with lots of very experienced growers for advice on your problems. Fertilisers, pots and horticultural supplies. Light refreshments will be available. Buses are most welcome, wheelchair accessible. Admission adults $4, children under 14 free. www.qos.org.au

4 - 5 April 2015: Bominda (Open Gardens Australia)

Rosevale. An avenue of tipuanas leads into a developing hillside garden with beautiful views. An intriguing range of exotic and native fruit trees, many rarely seen in Australia, includes soursop, Panama Berry and Jaboticaba. Fruit trees, garden sculpture and pottery for sale. Demonstrations of garden irrigation systems. BBQ lunches. Tropical plantings of cassias, heliconias and gingers. Sculptures, vegetables and a grand chook house for heritage chooks and bantams. For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar

11 April 2015 (Saturday): Redlands Good Gardening Expo

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba. Find out about growing your own organic food at home. Learn about native gardening and how you can use natives to create habitats. Composting, worm farming, mulching and how to recycle your green waste. Buy plants and seeds and get some great new ideas for your garden. Get the help you need with advice from the experts. Workshops & demonstrations, arts & crafts, music & food. 9am to 3pm. Free Entry! Website: indigiscapes.redland.qld.gov.au/WhatsOn/Pages/Redlands-Good-Gardening-Expo.aspx

11 - 12 April 2015: A Garden A-Fair

The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. Presented by The Queensland Council of Garden Clubs. There will be a fabulous "BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL" Display of Flowers, plants and floral art. Friendly advice on gardening problems, and local garden club information. Many interesting guest speakers on both days, including Noel Burdette on Saturday and talks on floral art, growing roses and looking after your soil. On Sunday there will be talks on herbs and geraniums, as well as Australian natives and organic gardening. Plants and garden products for sale. Delicious refreshments and a raffle with many prizes. Hours 10am-4pm on Saturday 11th April and 9am-3.00pm on Sunday 12th April. Website: www.qcgc.net

11 - 13 April 2015: Pattison Rare Plant Garden (Open Gardens Australia)

Rochedale. One of Australia's largest collections of native ferns and variegated plants, artistically displayed not only in the ground but on trees and rocks. Vivid foliage plants, staghorns, elkhorns, calatheas, brugmansias, bromeliads and orchids. A plant-lover's heaven sheltering beneath huge rainforest trees. For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar

11 - 12 April 2015: Joncia Gardens (Open Gardens Australia)

Logan Reserve. Dazzling, award-winning garden developed on a gentle slope and influenced by many cultures. A superb must-see vegetable patch, small furnished cottage, summerhouse, rainforest, Japanese garden and oriental bridge. Native area with 'Little Bush Chapel'. Gorgeous roses, lily ponds, tropical plantings. For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar

11 - 12 April 2015: Riverwalk Gardens (Open Gardens Australia)

Yatala. A bright tropical entrance leads into a variety of landscapes. Five terraces descend along a cool rainforest path past a large dam with water lilies and grasses and on to a saltwater creek. Cacti and succulents thrive in a dry garden area, and a fernery features large specimens. Garden tours at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Display of vintage engines (stationary). For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar

11 - 12 April 2015: Royal Palms (Open Gardens Australia)

Buderim. Named for the impressive avenue of Cuban Royal palms at the entrance, this stunning garden is arranged on various terraces around the house, with a wide variety of subtropical foliage plants, such as bromeliads, heliconias, cordylines and crotons, displayed en masse. Beneath a remnant rainforest canopy, lawn terraces hold wide borders of plants that provide year-round colour and interest. From the stairs leading down to the lower terrace, the gorgeous tapestry of ground covers and manicured shrubs on the slope below is revealed. On the lower terrace sits a large and venerable jacaranda, which can be appreciated from the top terrace and many other vantage points around the garden at this time of year when it is in full bloom, its mauve flowers carpeting the ground. For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar

18 April 2015 (Saturday): Shailer Pioneer Park Wetland Opening

Explore the new wetland at Shailer Pioneer Park. Saturday 18th April, 4.30pm-8.30pm. Logan City Council staff will be on hand to answer questions about the wetland from 4.30pm. Loganholme Blue Light will host a free family movie from 6.30pm. This is a family event. No bookings required. www.logan.qld.gov.au

18 - 19 April 2015: Wondai Autumn Garden Expo

Check the website for latest information: www.wondaigardenexpo.com

18 - 19 April 2015: Autumn Garden Spectacular

Silkstone State School, Prospect Street, Silkstone. Presented by Ipswich Orchid Society Inc. in conjunction with Ipswich & District Bromeliad Society Inc. Orchids, bromeliads, cultural advice, potting demonstrations, Australian natives, hibiscus, Craft sale table. Refreshments available. Saturday 8.30am - 4.00pm, Sunday 8.30am - 2.00pm. Admission is $3.00, children under 12 are admitted free.

18 - 19 April 2015: Bimer Bonsai Club

The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. Bonsai on display, demonstrations daily, Taiko Drumming (Saturday morning), established and semi-trained green stock for sale as well as tools and pots. Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 9am-4pm. Admission $3

22 April 2015 (Wednesday): Orchid Workshop (Open Gardens Australia)

Belmont. Renowned orchid grower, judge and long-time member of the Queensland Native Orchid Society, Ken Unsworth, will demonstrate and explain how to care for, repot and propagate orchids. Guests will enjoy morning tea with Ken in his garden, followed by a tour of his orchid greenhouses where everything is in full bloom. 9.30am to 12.30pm on Wednesday 22 April. Tickets are $48 and include morning tea. Bookings are essential and can be made at www.opengarden.org.au or by calling (03) 5427 1488 during business hours.


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25 - 26 April 2015: 3 Montville Gardens (Open Gardens Australia)

Montville Macadamery, Montville: Surrounding the 1926 former home of noted Queensland novelist Eleanor Dark is a stunning and generous garden of mature semi-tropical plantings, shady poincianas, frangipanis and palms. Deep purple bougainvillea topiary is a dramatic set-piece. Rainforest garden with meandering boardwalk; new dam area.
The Shambles, Montville (website: www.montvillegarden.com): Steeped in history and sitting beautifully in the rural landscape, this glorious rambling family garden is textured, aromatic, colourful and full of surprises. Paths weave past mature ornamental shrubs, flowering camellias, pieris, michelias and viburnums. Hardy salvias, herbs, heritage roses and cottage favourites.
Williamson Garden, Montville: This well-designed park-like garden features a huge selection of vigorous hardy plants, many of them propagated on site. Beautifully maintained lawns, garden beds, hedges, formal rose garden and orchards. Avocado trees shelter lush subtropical plantings; flourishing vegetable garden; spectacular views of green valleys and the coast.
For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar

1 - 3 May 2015: Pohlmans Celebration Weekend
Gatton. Presented by Pohlmans Nursery. For more information, go to www.pohlmans.com.au

2 May 2015 (Saturday): Redland Orchid Society Autumn Charity Show

Donald Simpson Centre, 172 Bloomfield Street, Cleveland. As well as a magnificent display of blooms, there will be orchid plants for sale, potting demonstrations, product sales, raffles and light refreshments. The show raises money for Redlands Hospital Auxiliary. Saturday 2 May from 8.30am to 3.00pm. Entry is $3.00 for adults, children free. The venue has plenty of parking and is wheelchair friendly. Website: redlandsorchidsociety.org

2 May 2015 (Saturday): Stingless Beekeeping Workshop

Northey St City Farm, Brisbane. More information and bookings: www.nscf.org.au/sustainable-living-workshops-brisbane/

2 - 3 May 2015: Hamilton's Tropical Garden (Open Gardens Australia)

280 Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road, Bahrs Scrub Qld 4207. Birdlife abound in a mature garden inspired by Queensland's tropical islands. Stone pathways wind among thriving species of bromeliads, cordylines and many rare and unusual plants. Vanda and other orchids, sun-drenched lawns are enclosed by a cottage garden of hardy salvias and other perennials. Potting demonstrations, plant sales, morning, lunch, and afternoon teas available and Garden Art on display. 10:00am to 4:30pm. Admission Adults $10, Children under 18 Free. www.opengarden.org.au/regions/qld_calendar.html

2 - 3 May 2015: Coucals of Mount Crosby Open Garden Days

Coucals Garden, 8 Belah Street Mount Crosby. Open 9am to 4pm. Entry $7 in support of the Australian Red Cross (Ipswich Branch). For more information, phone 3201 0439 or go to www.coucalsgarden.com

3 May 2015 (Sunday): Redlands Koala Community Planting

Three Paddocks Park, Thomas St, Birkdale. UBD Reference: Map 164 P19. Sunday 3 May 2015, 9am to 11am. Help out your local koalas, by joining us for our annual Koala Community Planting. Join in the fun as we put 1500 plants in the ground to expand a creek corridor for our furry friends in Birkdale. Stay after the planting for a sausage sizzle and take a free native plant home with you. Bring enclosed shoes, sun protection and drinking water. Plants, equipment, sunscreen, gloves and sausage sizzle will be provided. For more information contact Bushcare on 3824 8611

9 - 10 May 2015: Bellis (Open Gardens Australia)

Wynnum. Jerry Coleby-Williams' garden. For more information, visit www.opengarden.org.au

9 - 10 May 2015: Queensland Rose Society Autumn Show

The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. Thinking of a special treat for Mum for Mothers' Day? All mums love roses, and this will be an excellent opportunity to just view the great many varieties on display, or to speak with the friendly and experienced rose growers from the Queensland Rose Society who will be on hand to answer your queries, and advise you on the roses most suitable for the Queensland climate. Cut and potted roses will be available for purchase, and refreshments are available. A great outing for Mum! Saturday 9th May 11.30am to 4.00pm and Sunday 10th May 9.00am to 3.00pm. Admission $4, children under 5 free. Website: www.qld.rose.org.au

9 - 10 May 2015: Aspley Orchid Society Mothers' Day Show

Community Hall, Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights. The hall will be a filled with a beautiful display or flowering orchid plants plus ferns and foliage. There will be plants, floral arrangements and all orchid growing requirements on sale. Potting demonstrations and cultural advice throughout the weekend. Light refreshments available. This show supports the Aspley Special School. See a display of work by the students. Admission $4, under 16 free. Plenty of parking and wheelchair access. Website: www.aspleyorchidsociety.com

15 - 18 May 2015: Tour Beautiful Open Gardens of St George and the Border Rivers Region

Uplift Tours and Travel presents this fully inclusive 4 day country tour with host gardener Di McCrae. Highlights include four new gardens to Open Gardens Australia in St George, Goondiwindi Botanic Gardens, Inglewood Nursery and Gift Shop, Riversands Winery, Oxenford Lavender Farm and 'Bublo' garden at Inglewood. Limited places available. Booking and other information at www.uplifttoursandtravel.com

22 May 2015 (Friday): Trees of Significance for Traditional Owners, Biodiversity and the Community

Griffith University-Logan, University Drive, Meadowbrook. A professional workshop exploring the values that veteran scar trees play in the landscape and how these trees can be protected and managed alongside other uses of the land. Fee for the workshop is $50.00. Register on the THECA (The Hut Environmental and Community Association) website (www.theca.asn.au)

22 May 2015 (Friday): Stingless Beekeeping Workshop

Townsville & District Beekeepers Assn Inc. More information: www.beesnorth.org

23 May 2015 (Saturday): Stingless Beekeeping Workshop

Townsville & District Beekeepers Assn Inc. More information: www.beesnorth.org

30 - 31 May 2015: Giardino Lucciola (Open Gardens Australia)

Beechmont. For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar closer to the date

30 - 31 May 2015: Belle Rive (Open Gardens Australia)

Buderim. For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar closer to the date

30 - 31 May 2015: Vico Garden (Open Gardens Australia)

Ingham. For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar closer to the date

31 May 2015 (Sunday): Logan Eco Action Festival (LEAF)

Griffith University, Logan Campus, Meadowbrook. Logan's most successful environmental event promoting eco-loving tips in a free, fun, family environment. Music, eco-exhibitors, workshops, wildlife displays, giveaways and kids activities. Guided walks of the newly-planted arboretum at Griffith University will leave from Council's Environment & Sustainability Branch marquee throughout the day. 10am - 3pm. For more information visit www.logan.qld.gov.au/LEAF.

6 - 7 June 2015: The Cactus and Succulent Society of Queensland

The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. Decorative and rare plants from North and South America, Africa, Madagascar and many other regions of the world. Plant displays, competitions, book sales and lots of quality plants for sale. Members of the Society will be on hand to help with questions. Saturday 9.00am-3.30pm; Sunday 9.00am-3.00pm. Adults $3, children under 14 free if accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit the Society's website: www.cssq.org.au

17 - 18 June 2015: Winter Garden School

City Golf Club, 254 South Street, Toowoomba. Presented by Leafmore Garden Society Inc. Featuring presenters Tino Carnevale, Annette McFarlane, Darryl Baptie, Carolyn Robinson, Brian Sams, Peter Young, Wendy Skelton. Meet other gardeners, ask questions, exchange ideas. Also book, plant, gardening stalls. Multi-draw raffles, fabulous prizes. Delicious Food. Register your interest and a program will be sent to you when available. Phone (07) 4636 1580 or (07) 4635 5232. Email tj.cahill[at]bigpond.com

27 June 2015 (Saturday): Guided Walk through Daisy Hill Regional Park

Daisy Hill. Join Council and the Daisy Hill Rangers on a relaxing and informative walk through the park. Learn about the plants and animals that live within the park and how to identify them by the evidence they leave behind. 10am-1pm. 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.

10 - 12 July 2015: Queensland Garden Expo

Nambour Showgrounds, Nambour. Check the Queensland Garden Expo website for latest information.

24 - 25 July 2015: Toowoomba Orchid Society Conference and Show

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Berghofer Recreation Centre, Baker Street, Toowoomba. The Toowoomba Orchid Society is celebrating its 60th anniversary by holding an Orchid Conference including an Orchid Show, Lectures/Presentations, Vendor Displays & Orchid Sales. Conference presenters/speakers to include Gary Yong Gee, Clive Halls, Bill Miles, Ross Maidment. For more information phone 0439 542 240 or 0439 953 629 or visit www.toowoombaorchidsociety.org.au.

22 - 23 August 2015: Townsville Plant and Garden Expo

Riverway Pioneer Park. Saturday 22 August 8am-4pm; Sunday 23 August 8am-3pm. Entry $5 adults, children under 15 free. Website: www.tsvgardenexpo.com

30 August 2015 (Sunday): Brisbane Organic Growers' Fair

For more information, check the website www.bogi.org.au

31 Aug - 4 Sep 2015: Griffith University Sustainability Week

More information to be announced closer to the event www.griffith.edu.au/sustainability/news-and-events

6 September 2015 (Sunday): Bushcare Major Day Out

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba. Celebrate 20 years of Bushcare in the Redlands with a fun-filled, family day. Webpage: indigiscapes.redland.qld.gov.au/IndigiCentre/Pages/20-Years-of-Bushcare.aspx

12 - 13 September 2015: Samford Valley Garden & Lifestyle Expo

Samford Showground, Showgrounds Drive Highvale. Extensive range and number of plants and quality garden related and outdoor living stalls, demonstrations, speakers, variety of interesting food, parking on grounds. Showground is on flat, grassed land in beautiful location. Website: www.samfordgardenexpo.com.au

12 - 13 September 2015: Bloomin' Beautiful Blackbutt Festival

For information, go to bbbf.com.au

26 - 27 September 2015: Wondai Spring Garden Expo

Check the website for latest information: www.wondaigardenexpo.com

3 - 4 October 2015: Bromeliad and Foliage Frenzy

Minimbah State School Hall, cnr Walker Road and Minimbah Drive, Morayfield 4510. Presented by Caboolture and District Bromeliad Society Inc. Wide variety of bromeliads, including rare and new release. Other plants including ferns, orchids, cordylines, anthiriums, succulents. Plenty of parking. Buses welcome. Saturday 3rd October 8.00am - 4.00pm; Sunday 4th October 8.00am - 1.00pm. Free entry. For more information phone 5495 2497 or 0434 128 417 or visit cabbroms.webs.com/

3 - 4 October 2015: Spring Garden Spectacular

Presented by Ipswich Orchid Society Inc.

8 - 11 October 2015: Brisbane International Garden Show

Pine Rivers Park, Strathpine. More information: www.brisbanegardenshow.com.au

10 - 11 October 2015: Floral Art Society of Qld. Inc

The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. FASQ's annual show will again put on a stunning and dazzling display of floral designs with the theme being The Language of Flowers. Website: www.floralartsocietyqld.org.au

25 October 2015 (Sunday): Stingless Beekeeping Workshop

CREEC, Burpengary. More information and bookings www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/environmentaladventures/

14 - 15 November 2015: Bromeliad Society of Queensland Spring Show and Sales

Brisbane Table Tennis Centre, 68 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. www.bromsqueensland.com.au

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: Ipswich Plant Expo (2016)
Check the website for latest info: www.plantexpo.com.au

To be announced: Gardenfest (2015)
Toowoomba. For more information, visit the website: Gardenfest

To be announced: Herb Awareness (2015)
Check the Queensland Herb Society Inc. website for contacts if your require info on the next Herb Awareness event

To be announced: Ipswich Home Gardener's Expo (2015)
Booval. Presented by the Glebe Garden Club (Ipswich). For more information go to www.glebegardenclubipswich.com.au

To be announced: Gympie Garden Expo (2015)
Website: gympiegardenexpo.com.au

To be announced: Queensland Camellia Society annual display (2015)
For more information on the Society's annual camellia exhibition, visit their website: Queensland Camellia Society Inc

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

To be announced: International Composting Awareness Week Australia (2015)
Check the website: International Composting Awareness Week Australia

To be announced: Gardening on the Edge (2015)
Check the Maleny Garden Club website for more information and contacts.

To be announced: Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers (2015)
Go to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers website for more information and contacts.

To be announced: Sustainable Living Expo (2015)
Cairns. For more information, contact Cairns Regional Council

To be announced: Springtime on the Mountain (2015)
Tamborine Mountain. For more information, go to www.tmbotanicgardens.org.au

To be announced: Queensland Rose Society Spring Show (2015)
Website: Queensland Rose Society

To be announced: Tropical Foliage Festival (2015)
Presented by the International Cordyline Society. For more information go to www.cordyline.org

To be announced: Ginger Flower Festival (2016)
Visit www.gingerfactory.com.au for latest information

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