Mondays to Saturdays (until Saturday 13 December. Tours resume Tuesday 27 January): Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha Free Guided Discovery Tours
Enjoy a relaxed and informative guided walk with a garden guide. Walks depart from the Information Kiosk. No booking required.
11am-12noon and 1pm-2pm. Free. For more information phone (07) 3403 2535.
Mondays to Fridays (until Tuesday 23 December. Tours resume Monday 5 January): Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha Free Mini-bus Tours
These entertaining tours take you throughout the gardens' smaller paths. Tours depart from the Information Kiosk. Limited to 11 seats. No bookings required. 10.30am-11.30am. Free. For more information phone (07) 3403 2535
1 - 2 November 2014: North Moreton Qld Orchid Council Summer Show
The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. There will be many different varieties of orchids both hybrid and species and foliage on the benches and for sale in our plant sales area also there will be potting demonstrations, fertilisers, pots and horticultural supplies, an information table for advice of any of your problems. Light refreshments will be available at moderate prices. Buses are most welcome. Sat 8.30am-3.30pm and Sun 8.30am-3pm. Admission: $4.00 Adults Children under 14 free. For further information call 07 3269.1631 or email nmqoc[at]optusnet.com.au
1 - 2 November 2014: Mindilga (Open Gardens Australia)
Lutwyche. A beautifully restored Victorian cottage, set amongst agapanthus and gardenia hedges, sits on what looks like your average suburban block. But behind the unassuming facade lies a secret tropical oasis. Beautiful trees are surrounded by exotic undergrowth that attracts hundreds of colourful Queensland birds and butterflies. Nestled among the paths and green spaces are giant bromeliads, orchids and stunning sculptural pieces. For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar
15 November 2015 (Saturday): Orchid Workshop
Swifts Sports Club (cnr. Green St & Brisbane St), Booval 4304. Presented by Ipswich Orchid Society. With Col Andrews (Dendrobiums), John Hughes (Cattleyas), Gary Yong Gee (Oncidiums) Graham Corban (Natives). All orchid growers welcome. 9am-3pm. Cost $25 (includes morning tea & lunch). For further information & bookings phone 3201 6414 or 3281 9393
15 - 16 November 2014: Tanderra House (Open Gardens Australia)
Flaxton. An historic 1908 Queenslander is complemented by a beautifully maintained, well balanced and spacious garden where mature flowering trees and shrubs contrast effectively with sweeping lawns. Splendid Magnolia grandiflora, hardy camellias, gardenias, agapanthus, heliconias, bromeliads and palms. Vegetable garden and fruit trees. For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar
22 -23 November 2014: Tropical Foliage Festival
Cleveland. Presented by the International Cordyline Society. For more information go to www.cordyline.org
22 - 23 November 2014: Dreamweaver (Open Gardens Australia)
Caboolture. Enter this beautiful creek-side oasis through the 'Secret Garden', its lovely arbour and hedged Brazilian cherry trees forming two garden rooms. Large palms, camellias and other beautiful mature trees tower above beds full of irises, clivias, bromeliads and gardenias. Garden areas are defined by murraya and photinia hedging and a lovely terraced rainforest garden abounds with tropical plantings of cordylines, gingers and a Monstera Deliciosa. The recently constructed 'Fire Garden' features sandstone blocks and rocks forming a charming entertaining area, with an 'upcycled' firepit rescued from a factory. Statues and other ornaments that feature in the garden have been purchased from the council recycling centre, garage sales or second-hand shops.There is also a pretty creek, an established vegetable garden, mature citrus trees and a chicken coop. For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar
22 - 23 November 2014: Grevis-James Garden (Open Gardens Australia)
Glen Alpin. A romantic country garden. A spring palette of blues, mauves and pinks is set against the greens of trimmed hedges, thriving natives and deciduous trees. Long swag of 'Pinkie' roses; wisteria walkway; attractive gravel garden planted with hardy perennials. Vegetables, berries, stone fruit, chickens. For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar
22 - 23 November 2014: Dunsinane (Open Gardens Australia)
Stanthorpe. A very colourful garden bursting with a diverse range of frost-hardy, cold-climate plants including Viburnum opulus, Cornus sibirica and a medlar. Roses, abutilons, salvias and other perennials in a glorious profusion of colour are complemented by granite rock work. Ornamental grasses edge a delightful pond. For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar
29 November 2014 (Saturday): Gardening workshop: Best native plants to improve garden wildlife
The Library, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha. Learn simple steps to create a wildlife-friendly garden using native plants and habitat. Presented by Paul Plant. 10.30am-12.30pm. Free. For more information and to book phone Mt Coot-tha Library on (07) 3403 2550.
29 - 30 November 2014: Greenwood (Open Gardens Australia)
Samford Valley. An appealing all-seasons garden with a wide variety of species ranging from cold-hardy to subtropical. Superb mature deciduous specimens include magnolias, crepe myrtles, liquidambars, jacarandas and Japanese maples. Two dedicated gardens of fifty camellias. Cordylines, heliconias, bromeliads, gingers and ferns protected by a canopy of palms. For more information, visit Open Gardens Australia Queensland Calendar
Anyone with firm dates for Queensland gardening events in 2015 and beyond are welcome to send them in now for inclusion in the diary. Additional details can be submitted closer to the event, if necessary. More information below.
7 - 8 March 2015: Ipswich Plant Expo
Check the website for latest information: www.plantexpo.com.au
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. 25 Stalls selling everything for the garden. 10.00am-3.30pm Saturday and Sunday. Entry Fee $10. For more information, visit www.opengarden.org.au
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.
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
17 - 18 June 2015: Winter Garden School
City Golf Club, 254 South Street, Toowoomba. Presented by Leafmore Garden Society Inc. Well regarded presenters, multi-draw raffles, fabulous prizes. Meet other gardeners, ask questions, exchange ideas. Book, plant, gardening stalls. 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
10 - 12 July 2015: Queensland Garden Expo
Nambour Showgrounds, Nambour. Check the Queensland Garden Expo website for latest information.
8 - 11 October 2015: Brisbane International Garden Show
Pine Rivers Park, Strathpine. More information: www.brisbanegardenshow.com.au