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Queensland Gardening Events Diary
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1 - 2 April 2017: Australasian Bromeliad Conference (Public days)
Events Centre, 20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra. On Saturday and Sunday 1 & 2 April enjoy free admission to public plant sales, competition area and displays from 9am to 2 pm. This is a perfect opportunity to buy new releases and proven favourites. Also, view fantastic displays and the best competition plants in Australia. The whole conference runs for two and a half days of plenary sessions 30 March - 2 April 2017 with Australian and overseas speakers, bromeliad gardens and nursery tours, rare plant auction, public plant sales. Registration closes 28/2/2017. Brochure
8 - 9 April 2017: A Garden A Fair
The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha. Presented by The Queensland Council of Garden Clubs, celebrating their 50th Anniversary. There will be many displays of floral art, flowers, greenery, fruit, vegetables etc. and many Gardeners just waiting to answer your questions. A plant stall will have lots of unusual plants for sale at reasonable prices, many not available in nurseries. Also many stalls selling home made products including jams, chutney, cakes and fresh flowers, plus a great raffle with prizes of plants and gardening products. Entry is FREE. Saturday 8th April 10am to 4pm, Sunday 9th April 9am to 3pm. Website: www.qcgc.net.au
15 - 16 April 2017: Wondai Autumn Garden Expo
Wondai (near Kingaroy). Website: wondaigardenexpo.com
22 April 2017 (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 and a craft stall. The show raises money for Redlands Hospital Auxiliary. Saturday 22nd April 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: www.redlandsorchidsociety.org
23 April 2017 (Sunday): Noosa Botanic Gardens Seasonal Guided Walk
More information at noosabotanicgardensfriends.com
24 April 2017 (Monday): Floral Art Society of Queensland Fashion Parade
The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha. The Floral Art Society of Queensland invites you to join us for a fashion parade by Portofino Fashions. Fashions will be available to try-on and purchase. Members will also be modelling some of their own wearable Floral Designs including Jewellery, Fascinators and Hats. Visitors very welcome! Come along for a fun morning. 9.30am for a 10am start. RSVP for catering purposes by 10th April to 0412 735 483 or fasqsecretary[at]gmail.com. Website: www.floralartsocietyqld.org.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
6 - 7 May 2017: Gympie Garden Expo
Gympie Showgrounds. Website: gympiegardenexpo.com.au
13 May 2017 (Saturday): Aspley Orchid Society "Celebrating Mothers' Day" Show
Community Hall, 179 Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights. Aiding the Aspley Special School. A wonderful display of flowering orchids, ferns and foliage on display. Orchid plants & floral arrangements for sale. Pots, labels, fertilizers & all growing requirements on sale. Potting demonstrations & cultural advice. Light refreshments. Ample parking & wheelchair access. EFTPOS available for plant sales only. No cash out. Open 8am-4.30pm. Entry $4, under16 free. Website: www.aspleyorchidsociety.com
13 - 14 May 2017: Bellis , Jerry Coleby-William's Open Garden
56 Daisy Street, Wynnum, Qld 4178. Your opportunity to visit the surprising and affordable sustainable garden of well-known Gardening Australia presenter, Jerry Coleby-Williams on Mother's Day weekend. Meet Jerry and get a first-hand look at what can be achieved on an 800 sq metre suburban block. It currently grows over a hundred food plants. The house harvests rainwater and solar power, treats and reuses waste water and captures stormwater. Everything can be copied using average gardening skills, off-the-shelf-technology and a limited budget. Plant sales. Entry $10. Children up to 18 years old entry free, but must be supervised. Unsuitable for wheelchairs. More information/enquiries at www.jerry-coleby-williams.net
13 - 14 May 2017: Queensland Rose Society Autumn Rose Show
The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha. Website: www.qld.rose.org.au
Departures 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26 May 2017:
Departures 8, 22, 29 May; 8, 19 June; 17 July; 21, 28 August; 4, 11, 18 September 2017:
20 - 21 May 2017:
27 - 28 May 2017: Gardens of Hampton
Three open gardens in area of Hampton on the Darling Downs. Organised by Gardens of the Downs. Website: www.gardensofthedowns.com
28 May 2017 (Sunday): Herb Awareness
Albion Peace Hall, 102 McDonald Road, Windsor. One day only! Presented by Queensland Herb Society Inc. Enjoy a wide variety of free demonstrations, guest speakers, talks and workshops presented by informative Queensland Herb Society members and stall holders. A large variety of medicinal and culinary herbs and plants for sale. Stalls with herbal products including preserves, coffee, teas, spices, skincare, bush foods, wines and all sorts of yummy delights. Relax and revive at Cafe Sage for delicious, home baked, herb inspired food and beverages. 9am to 4pm. Free entry. (Please note: No EFTPOS and only limited Credit Card facilities available). Check the Queensland Herb Society Inc. website www.qldherbsociety.org.au closer to the date for demonstration timetables and more details.
28 May 2017 (Sunday): Logan Eco Action Festival (LEAF)
Griffith University, Logan Campus. For more information, visit www.logan.qld.gov.au/LEAF
28 May 2017 (Sunday): ECOfiesta
Cairns. For more information, visit cairns.qld.gov.au/community-environment/sustainability/ecofiesta
28 May 2017 (Sunday): Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand Open Day
Activities at gardens across the country. Check the website www.botanicgardensopenday.org to find out what's on near you.
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): EcofestGladstone 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
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): Qld Camellia Society Annual Show
Albion Peace Hall, 106 McDonald Rd Windsor. Website: 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
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
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
3 September 2017 (Sunday):
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
30 September - 1 October 2017: Gold Coast Rose Society Annual Rose Show
Robina Community Centre, Gold Coast. goldcoastrosesociety.org.au
7 - 8 October 2017: Queensland Rose Society Spring Show
The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha. 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
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
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: International Composting Awareness Week Australia (2017)Check the website: International Composting Awareness Week Australia
To be announced: Autumn Native Plant Sale - Native Plants Queensland (2017)Presented 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: 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: North Brisbane Orchid Society Inc. Annual Show (2017)For more information, visit their website: northbrisbaneos.tripod.com
To be announced: Springtime on the Mountain (2017)Tamborine Mountain. For more information, go to www.tmbotanicgardens.org.au
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: What's Cooking in the Gardens (2017)Redcliffe Botanic Gardens. Check the website for latest info: www.whatscookinginthegardens.com.au
To be announced: Ipswich Home Gardener's Expo (2017)Booval. Presented by the Glebe Garden Club (Ipswich). For more information go to www.glebegardenclubipswich.com.au
To be announced: Wondai Spring Garden Expo (2017)Wondai (near Kingaroy). Check the website for latest info: www.wondaigardenexpo.com
To be announced: Ginger Flower Festival (2018)Visit www.gingerfactory.com.au for latest information
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