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.
7 - 8 February 2015: International Cordyline Society
The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. See an incredible variety of tropical foliage plants including new-release
rare plants and old favourites such as cordylines, bromeliads, gingers, costas, heliconias, orchids, palms and many more. Experienced growers and garden experts will be on hand to answer all your questions and there will be plant displays and a monster raffle. Refreshments available. Saturday 8am-4pm and Sunday 9am-3pm. Admission $3. For more information visit www.cordyline.org
7 - 8 February 2015: Nafanua (Open Gardens Australia)
Virginia. A colourful tropical garden with a distinctively Asian influence. Lotus float in Vietnamese water pots, frangipanis are draped with orchids, water trickles from fountains, and the pond is Balinese-inspired. Alocasias, anthuriums and hundreds of other unusual plants. For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar
14 - 15 February 2015: Aspley Orchid Society Summer Show
The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. Theme is "Celebrating Valentine's Day". A wonderful variety of flowering orchids, ferns and foliage will be on display. All orchid growing requirements on sale. Potting demonstrations and cultural advice available. Plants for sale and light refreshments available. Saturday 8.30am-3.30pm; Sunday 9am-3.30pm. Entry Adults $4, U/16 admitted free. Website: www.aspleyorchidsociety.com
14 - 15 February 2015: Hidden Oasis (Open Gardens Australia)
Bribie Island. Beautiful tropical garden featuring heliconias, bromeliads, orchids, crotons and palms thriving in compost-enriched sandy soil. A large authentic Balinese hut is a centrepiece of the back garden with its lush plantings of strelitzias, bamboos, tree ferns, frangipanis, gingers, coleus and cordylines. A large pond trickles through foliage plants in the front garden. For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar
15 February 2015 (Sunday): Gardening workshop: Select, propagate and grow native plants
The Library, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. Learn how to propagate and grow your own native garden in this practical
workshop. Presented by Annette McFarlane. 10.30am-12.30pm. Free. For more information and to book, phone Mt Coot-tha Library on (07) 3403 2550.
20 February - 22 February 2015: Hundscheidt's Tropical Gardens & Taman Air Garden Openings
Sunnybank and Sunnybank Hills. For more information, visit the websites: www.dennishundscheidt.com.au/open-garden/ and www.islandimports.com.au/open-garden-diary-dates/
21 February 2015 (Saturday): Begonias in Tropical Splendor: A one day affair
The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. The largest and only show of begonias in Queensland. Many species will be available, including hundreds of beautiful hybrids created by Queensland and other Australian growers. Demonstration workshop and PowerPoint presentation by Ivy McFarlane, experienced grower and hybridist. Presented by the Queensland Begonia Society. Saturday 9am-4pm. Admission $3.
21 February 2015 (Saturday): Shailer Pioneer Park Wetland Opening
Explore the new wetland at Shailer Pioneer Park. 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. 4.30pm-8.30pm. This is a free event run by Logan City Council for Logan residents. Email environment[at]logan.qld.gov.au or phone 3412 4491 for more information or to be put on the mailing list for future events and activities.
27 February - 1 March 2015: Taman Air Night Viewings
Sunnybank Hills. For more information, visit the website: www.islandimports.com.au/open-garden-diary-dates/
28 February - 1 March 2015: Bromeliad Extravaganza
Wavell Heights Community Hall, 175 Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights, Brisbane. Saturday 28th February 8am-3pm; Sunday 1st March 9am-2pm.
28 February - 1 March 2015: Wayval Views (Open Gardens Australia)
Blenheim (Laidley). Terraced garden showcasing a vast range of trees and shrubs in a beautiful balance of natives and exotics. Murraya, lilly-pilly, box, duranta and privet used as hedges and topiary. Grafted weeping grevilleas. Rock-walled fernery, old slab hut, pond, bird aviary. Glorious panoramic views. For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar
6 March 2015 (Saturday): Stingless Beekeeping Workshop
Yuraba Conference Centre, Eatons Hill. More information: kumbartcho.org.au
7 - 8 March 2015: Ipswich Plant Expo
Location: Ipswich Turf Club, Bundamba
Times: Saturday 7th March 8am - 4pm; Sunday 8th March 8am - 3pm
Cost: $7 per adult, children under 15 free. Free Parking
Featuring: Over 130 stalls of dedicated plant sellers and related products. Organic and edible gardening, native and non-native plants. Plant creche and variety of food stalls. Educational sessions and entertainment for both adults and children. Two full days of gardening talks covering organics, fruit and vegetables, landscaping, chickens, butterflies and more. Two stages featuring your favourite gardening experts - Costa Georgiadis, Paul Plant, Annette McFarlane, Noel Burdette, Arno King, Annette Irish, Claire Bickle and others. Ask and Solve Corner. See the Plant Expo website for the speaker program and the exciting workshops planned for children.
More Information: www.plantexpo.com.au
7 - 8 March 2015: Palm & Cycad Show
Location: Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium
Times: Saturday 7th March 9am - 3pm; Sunday 8th March 9am - 3pm
Cost: $3 per adult, concession cards $2. Free Parking
Featuring: Impressive display of a wide range of native and exotic palms & cycads.
Books, posters, magazines, membership. Ask the experts. See unusual palms such as with red leaves. Be different to your neighbours.
Massive plant sale - cheap - for indoor/outdoor, full sun/shade, feature/screening, fan/tall, rare/common
More Information: www.pacsoa.org.au/wiki/Pacsoa_Annual_Show
14 - 15 March 2015: Orchid & Foliage Show
Presented by the Beaudesert District Orchid and Foliage Society
Location: Canungra School of Arts Hall, 3-7 Pine Street Canungra, Canungra
Times: 8.00am-3.00pm on Saturday 14th March; 9.00am-2.00pm on Sunday 15th March
Cost: 2 day entry pass $3.00
Featuring: Many orchids in spectacular bloom plus ferns, begonias, bromeliads, etc., on display. There will also be orchids and foliage plants grown by local society members for sale at reasonable prices. Several local growers will be selling orchids and giving advice while other trade tables will be selling orchid and plant growing accessories and plant products.
Knowledgeable guest speakers will be speaking on "The Basics for Growing Orchids" at 9.00am and 11.00am on the Saturday and at 10.30am. on the Sunday.
Refreshments will be available. There will also be a craft and cake stall run by a local organisation.
More Information: www.bdofs.com
14 - 15 March 2015: Queensland Dahlia Society Inc.
The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. A dahlia show where exhibits are staged and judged in more than 80 classes including some
championship events. Saturday 12noon-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm
21 - 22 March 2015: Mother Nature's Laughter (Open Gardens Australia)
Bellbird Park. A subtropical, eclectic, cottage-style garden that reflects the journey of life. From the "Halfway Gate", sandstone steps descend past the 'Bridge of Tranquility" under an established rainforest canopy, and paths lead toward the "House of Reflection". Roses and climbers on archways. Salvias, orchids and bromeliads under an arching jacaranda. Carol Kerkin will speak on Cottage gardens, there will also be a guest speaker re growing plants under a rainforest. Ipswich Rotary club will be catering. For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar
22 March 2015 (Sunday): Creating a new or restoring an old garden
The Library, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. Former Curator of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Ross McKinnon will discuss and illustrate creating and restoring home gardens using shortcuts and money-saving methods. 10:30am - 12:00pm. Free, bookings essential. For more information and to book phone Mt Coot-tha Library on (07) 3403 2550
24 - 28 March 2015: Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show Tour
Experience the sights of Marvellous Melbourne, discover the stunning arrays of floral displays and breathtaking Show Gardens and the beauty
of some of Victoria's most well known attractions on this exclusive five day tour. For more information visit www.uplifttoursandtravel.com or phone (07) 3283 1966
28 - 29 March 2015: Queensland Plant Fair (Open Gardens Australia)
Pocket Farm Garden, 311 Priors Pocket Road, Moggill, Brisbane, Qld 4070. Over 20 wonderful stalls selling everything from plants, pots, soils and fertilizers to furniture and garden art. Throughout the weekend there will also be an inspiring program of speakers to enjoy including Jerry Coleby-Williams, Clair Bickle and Noel Burdette. Pocket Farm is a colourful country garden filled with perennials, annuals, flowering native trees, salvias, daisies, agapanthus and jacarandas. 10.00am-3.30pm Saturday and Sunday. Entry is $10, with children under 18 admitted free. For more information, visit www.opengarden.org.au
28 - 29 March 2015: West Brisbane Orchid Society
The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. Potting demonstrations throughout the day. Orchid plants on sale. Saturday 8.30am-3pm and Sunday 9am-3pm. Adults $4/children under 12 free.
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
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
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.
22 April 2015: Orchid Workshop (Open Gardens Australia)
A special half-day workshop on caring for orchids, presented by renowned orchid grower Ken Unsworth. For more information, visit www.opengarden.org.au
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
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.
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
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
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): 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: Cactus & Succulent Society of Queensland Inc Annual Show
The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. For more information visit 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.
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/