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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.
3 - 4 March 2017: Taman Air Open Garden Nights
Furorie Street, Sunnybank Hills. Rene Hundscheidt's tropical, Balinese style garden in the heart of suburbia. Features timber boardwalks, water features, Balinese statues, fish ponds and Balinese pavilions, all set amongst many species of palms, crotons, bromeliads and much more. Balinese Statues, lights, water features and artefacts are available for sale. Plants sales will also be available from Dennis Hundscheidt. Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th March 7pm-9pm. Entry $8 p/p (children free). Sorry, not suitable for wheelchairs or prams. For more information visit www.islandimports.com.au
5 March 2017 (Sunday): Bushfood Walk, Talk & Tasting
Brisbane. Presented by Flora 4 Fauna - Australia. Walk through one of Brisbane's prominent Botanical gardens, talk about the Native Australian Bushfoods found onsite and then taste a range of bushfood products corresponding to some of the native fruits found in the gardens. More Information
11 - 12 March 2017: Ipswich Plant Expo
Ipswich Turf Club, Bundamba. For more information, go to plantexpo.com.au
11 - 12 March 2017: Orchid and Foliage Show
School of Arts Hall, 3-7 Pine St, Canungra. Presented by the Beaudesert Districts Orchid and Foliage Society Inc. An exhibition of many magnificent orchid and foliage plants. Advice from experienced growers in a friendly atmosphere. Quality plants grown by Society members for sale at a reasonable prices. (Get there early!) Commercial growers will also have an assortment of plants for sale including orchids and ferns. Accessories for sale including products not readily available. Entry giveaways, hourly spot giveaways, lucky door prizes, Giant Garden Hamper raffle. Refreshments. Saturday 8am-3pm; Sunday 9am-2pm. Hear guest speaker on "Basics of Growing Orchids for Beginners" Saturday 9am and 11am, Sunday 10.30am. Two day entry pass only $3. Ample off-street parking. Wheelchair friendly. Website: www.bdofs.com
11 - 12 March 2017: National Palm & Cycad Show
The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha. Presented by the Palm & Cycad Society of Australia. Impressive display of a wide range of native and exotic palms & cycads with many unusual plants such as palms with distinctive red leaves and cycads with blue leaves. Books, posters and magazines will also be on display. There will be a massive low-cost plant sale for indoors/outdoors, full sun/shade, feature/screening, fan/tall, rare/common. Society members will be on hand to help you choose the right species for your own garden. Whilst just a dozen varieties of palms are commonly grown in SE Queensland, discover 38 other varieties that are equally easy to cultivate. Be different to your neighbours. Consider growing native and exotic cycads other than Cycas and Macrozamia. The new fronds of these are NOT usually eaten by the caterpillars of the cycad blue butterfly, so look great. Saturday 11 March 9am-4pm; Sunday 12 March 9am-3pm. Cost $3 per adult, concession cards $2. Free Parking. More Information: www.pacsoa.org.au/wiki/Pacsoa_Annual_Show.
11 - 12 March 2017: Colour on Parade Annual Open Show
Wavell Heights Community Hall, Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights. Presented by The Northern Districts Horticultural Society Inc. The show is expected to attract in excess of 600 entries, including some two hundred dahlia blooms, with varieties ranging from the giant decorative to the miniature pompon types. This, together with roses, orchids, horticultural exhibits, pot plants, and floral art displays will create a floral spectacular in the hall. The show will be open from 12.00pm to 3.30pm on Saturday 11th March and 9.00am to 3.30pm on Sunday 12 March. Admission $3.00. Homemade Morning and Afternoon teas available for visitors. Website: northerndistrictshorti.org.au
18 March 2017 (Saturday): Free Talk - The Positive Alternatives
Mt Ommaney. Presented by Flora 4 Fauna - Australia. A free talk on the 'Positive Alternatives', i.e. the native Australian plants that are the 'native' alternative replacements for their introduced exotic counterparts.More Information
19 March 2017 (Sunday): Native Plant SaleForest Lake. Presented by Flora 4 Fauna - Australia. There will be a wide range of native Australian bushfood, fauna, btterfly & pollinator attracting host plants available for sale, many of which are rare and endangered that flower and fruit during our warmer sub-tropical months. More Information
19 March 2017 (Sunday): Garden Releaf Day
Check the website to see what activities are planned near you: gardenreleaf.com.au
25 March 2017 (Saturday): Redlands Good Gardening Expo
Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Rd, Capalaba. Find out about growing your own organic food at home, native gardening, how you can use natives to create habitats, composting, worm farming, mulching. Workshops and demonstrations. Get the help you need with the advice from the experts. Guest speaker Kate Wall (Sustainable Gardening for the Lazy Gardener). Buy plants and seeds. Solar cooking demonstration. Music, food and kids zone. 10am-3pm. Check the website for more information: http://indigiscapes.redland.qld.gov.au/WhatsOn/Pages/Redlands-Good-Gardening-Expo.aspx
1 - 2 April 2017: Australasian Bromeliad Conference (Public daysS)
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 - 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:
28 May 2017 (Sunday): Herb Awareness
Albion Peace Hall. Website: www.qldherbsociety.org.au
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
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
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/
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
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
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: Cactus and Succulent Society of Queensland Annual Show (2017)Website: www.cssq.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: Brisbane International Garden Show (2017)Pine Rivers Park, Strathpine. Check the www.brisbanegardenshow.com.au website for more information.
To be announced: Gold Coast Rose Society Annual Show (2017)Website: Gold Coast Rose Society Inc
To be announced: Ginger Flower Festival (2018)Visit www.gingerfactory.com.au for latest information
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