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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.

3 September 2016 (Saturday): Subtropical Cottage Gardening Workshop

Yeronga. $44 includes afternoon tea and a free plant from June's Home Grown Plants, plus cuttings to share. 1-3pm. All workshops have limited places and bookings are essential. Phone 0448 460 037 or email thegardenerswall[at]westnet.com.au for bookings. Visit facebook.com/TheGardenersWall/ for more information.

3 September 2016 (Saturday): Bundaberg Stingless Bee Workshop

Oakwood CWA Hall, 550 Bundy/Gin Gin Road. With Dr Tobias Smith from Bee Aware Brisbane. 9am-3.30pm. $50 per person. For bookings phone 0499027115 or 0499073116. More information: Wide Bay Stingless Bees

4 September 2016 (Sunday): Noosa Botanic Gardens Plant Fair

Cooroy. For more information, go to www.noosabotanicgardens-friends.org.au

8 - 10 September 2016: Lockyer Valley Orchid Society Inc Spring Show

Laidley Cultural Centre, Plainland Road, Laidley. Plants, craft for sale, raffle. Specialist growers available for advice. Thursday 9.00am-4.30pm; Friday 9.00am-4.30pm; Saturday 9.00am-3.00pm. $5.00 entry to Laidley Cultural Centre also provides entry to the Laidley Garden Club, nurseries, trade displays. Contact Secretary 0439 995 430 for more information. Held in conjunction with the Laidley Spring Festival with many activities. Visit www.luvyalockyer.com.au for information on the Lockyer Valley.

10 - 11 September 2016: The Coucals Open Garden

8 Belah Street, Mount Crosby.
Saturday 10th September:: Open Garden with light refreshments served by the Australian Red Cross (Ipswich Branch)
Sunday 11th September: High Tea served by Roderick Street Community Kindergarten
Open 9am-4pm. Entry $8 for open garden, $30 per person for High Tea which includes entry to the garden. Booking essential for High Tea. For more information go to www.coucalsgarden.com

10 - 11 September 2016: Bromeliad Extravaganza

Wavell Heights Community Hall, 175 Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights Brisbane. Sat 10th September 8am-3pm; Sun 11th September 9am-2pm.

10 - 11 September 2016: Beaudesert Districts Orchid & Foliage Society Spring Show

Canungra School of Arts Hall. There will be many magnificent orchid and foliage plants on display and many quality plants at a reasonable price able to be bought. A knowledgeable guest speaker will talk on Orchid Growing for Beginners at 9.00 a.m. and 11.00 a.m. on the Saturday and at 10.30 a.m. on the Sunday. The show will be open from 8.00 a.m. until 3.00 p.m. on the Saturday and from 9.00 a.m. until 2.00 p.m. on the Sunday. There is plenty of off-street parking and refreshments will be available. Admission for adults is $3.00. Website: www.bdofs.com

11 September 2016 (Sunday): Bushcare Major Day Out

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Rd, Capalaba. Phone 3824 8611 or email IndigiScapes[at]redland.qld.gov.au for more information. Website: www.indigiscapes.com.au

11 September 2016 (Sunday): Green Heart Fair

Carindale Recreation Reserve, Cadogan Street and Bedivere Street, Carindale. Presented by Brisbane City Council. The city's biggest community sustainability event returns to Brisbane's southside, with over 100 of Brisbane's leading sustainability organisations, businesses, community groups, foodies, artisans, green thumbs and eco-experts sharing the latest knowledge and information on sustainable living. This is an action-packed day full of innovative ideas and activities for grown-ups and kids alike. 8am-2pm. Admission FREE. For more information, visit www.greenheartfair.com.au.

15 - 16 September 2016: Boonah Orchid Show & Sarcochilus Festival

Boonah State High School Hall. Trade stalls, plant stalls, refreshments, home cooking and craft stalls, raffles. 9.00am-4.00pm Saturday and 9.00am-1.00pm Sunday. Entry fee for adults $3.00 includes devonshire tea. Children free entry. More information 0408 889 172 or tpressler[at]bigpond.com

 
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16 - 25 September 2016: Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

More information at the website: www.tcof.com.au.

16 - 25 September 2016: Toowoomba Exhibition Gardens

Four gardens open during Toowoomba's Carnival of Flowers. All proceeds go to Charity. Open 9am-5pm daily. Ticket prices: All 4 gardens $12; 3 gardens $10; 1 garden $5. For further information visit the website: www.toowoombaexhibitiongardens.com

17 - 19 September 2016: Toowoomba & Districts Bromeliad Society Annual Spring Show & Sale

For more information go to www.bromeliadstoowoomba.com.au

23 - 25 September 2016: Springtime on the Mountain

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

24 - 25 September 2016: Wondai Spring Garden Expo

Wondai (near Kingaroy). Check the website for more information: www.wondaigardenexpo.com

24 - 25 September 2016: Gold Coast Rose Society 17th Annual Rose Show

Robina Community Centre, Robina. There will be hundreds of champion roses on display, roses for sale, home baked refreshments. 24th September 11.30am-4.30pm and 25th September 9.30a.m-3.00pm. Admission $3.00. Website: www.goldcoastrosesociety.org.au

24 - 25 September 2016: Maryborough Open House Gardens

Maryborough. A number of gardens will be open as part of the Open House weekend. More information at the website: www.maryboroughopenhouse.com.au

1 October 2016 (Saturday): Sustainable Gardening Workshop

Yeronga. $44 includes afternoon tea and a free plant from June's Home Grown Plants, plus cuttings to share. 1-3pm. All workshops have limited places and bookings are essential. Phone 0448 460 037 or email thegardenerswall[at]westnet.com.au for bookings. Visit facebook.com/TheGardenersWall/ for more information.

1 - 2 October 2016: Queensland Rose Society Spring Rose Show

The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. Throughout the show, there will be hundreds of beautiful roses on display from rose growers in south-east Queensland. Friendly and experienced rose growers from the Queensland Rose Society will be on hand to answer your questions, give you advice about which are the best roses to grow in Queensland and how to care for them. A perfect opportunity to view a wide variety of roses, and decide which ones you like best! There will be cut and potted roses as well as fertilisers and other products for sale. There will also be refreshments and a variety of other rosy products for sale. Saturday 1st October, 11.30am-4pm and Sunday 2nd October, 9am-3pm. For more information check the website www.qld.rose.org.au.

 
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1 - 2 October 2016: Bromeliad and Foliage Frenzy

Minimbah State School Hall, cnr Walker Road & Minimbah Drive, Morayfield. Presented by Caboolture and Districts Bromeliad Society Inc. Many varieties of Bromeliads, including new releases, Sub-Tropical Foliage, Anthuriums, Orchids, Succulents, Ferns and other Assorted Plants. Cultivation advice from experienced growers. Arts and Crafts, Monster Raffle. Wheelchair friendly access. Unlimited Parking, Buses welcome. Saturday 1st October 8.00am-4pm; Sunday 2nd October 8.00am-1pm. Free Entry, EFTPOS available. Enquiries (07) 5495 2497 or 0434 128 417. Website: cabbroms.webs.com

1 - 2 October 2016: Spring Garden Spectacular

Presented by Ipswich Orchid Society Inc.

1 - 2 October 2016: Two open gardens in Montville

The Shambles: 85 Western Avenue, Montville
Wongawilli: 19 Manley Drive, Montville (Off Western Avenue)
Two of the best mature country gardens in Queensland close to the popular tourist venue at scenic Montville in the Sunshine Coast binterland. Both are collectors' gardens full of spring flowering shrubs, perennials, bulbs and trees, some rare or unusual. Refreshments available. Open 9.30am til 4pm. Adults $6 to each garden, under 18 free. Proceeds benefits charities. More information at montvillegarden.com

6 - 9 October 2016: Brisbane International Garden Show

Pine Rivers Park, Strathpine. This event will showcase the unique Queensland gardening style and will bring together landscape gardening displays for both large and smaller gardens, gardening experts delivering free talks and workshops and of course dozens of nurseries and gardening. Thursday 6th October 9am-4pm; Friday 7th October 9am - 4pm; Saturday 8th October 9am-5pm; Sunday 9th October 9am-4pm. Admission adults $20 ($18 aged concession), $18 for groups of 10 or more, Children 15 years and under free. Bus trips are welcome! Check www.brisbanegardenshow.com.au for more information.

7 - 8 October 2016: Stanthorpe Gardenfest and Trade Fair

This popular annual event, sponsored by the Stanthorpe Garden Club Inc, includes several plant sale stalls, trade displays, craft sales and yummy homemade light refreshments. Free admission. For more information go to granitenet.com.au/groups/environment/gardenclub

 
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15 October 2016 (Saturday): Redland Orchid Society Spring Show

Website www.redlandsorchidsociety.org

15 - 16 October 2016 (Saturday): Buderim Garden Festival

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

29 - 30 October 2016: North Moreton Queensland Orchid Council Summer Orchid Show

The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. There will be many varieties of species and hybrid orchids and foliage on the benches and for sale. There will be potting demonstrations and an information table for advice on any of your problems. Fertiliser, pots and horticultural supplies will be available for purchase. Open Saturday 8.30am to 3.30pm and Sunday 8.30am to 3pm. Buses are welcome. Light refreshments will be available. Admission $4.00, Children under 14 free. We are a not-for-profit council. For further information please phone 3865 5615 or email nmqoc[at]optusnet.com.au

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Anyone with firm dates for Queensland gardening events in 2017 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.
To be announced: The Tropical Affair (2017)
Presented by the International Cordyline Society. For more information go to www.cordyline.org

To be announced: Ipswich Plant Expo (2017)
Check the website for latest info: www.plantexpo.com.au

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: Queensland Garden Expo (2017)
Nambour Showgrounds, Nambour. Check the www.qldgardenexpo.com.au website for more information.

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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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, open days, grand openings, demonstrations, workshops, talks, seminars, bus trips, gardening magazine or book launches etc. 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.

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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!

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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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