Esk Garden & Lifestyle Fair, Qld

A real country garden fair with something for everyone! Plant stalls, guest speakers featuring Noel Burdette, scarecrow contest, delicious food, free off-street parking.

Venue: Old Esk Railway Station, Pipeliner Park, Esk-Hampton Road, Esk, Queensland. Only a one and a half hour drive west from Brisbane city.

Cost: Entry by gold coin donation.

Authentic Zen Garden, Brisbane

Set against a backdrop of 470 hectares of Australian koala bushland, this authentic Japanese Zen Garden in Springwood, south of Brisbane will open for the first time to the public.
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 and more.

Free entry, open 10am to 3pm.

Gardening on the Edge, Maleny, Qld

Visit six privately-owned gardens in the scenic hills behind Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Free entry to garden market, specialist plant stalls and food available. Garden Club produce and plant stall.

Six open gardens including the historic Pattemore House. $20 for 6 gardens, $12.00 for 3 garden and $5.00 for 1 garden. Tickets available at Maleny Showgrounds and at the gardens. Enquiries to Dot – 5445 7795, Marnie 0428 669 990 or

Maleny Showgrounds, 13 Maleny-Stanley River Road, Maleny, Queensland 4552. Only a 1.5 hour drive from Brisbane city

Workshop: Sustainable gardening for the lazy gardener Level II, Brisbane

Workshop: Sustainable gardening for the lazy gardener Level II. Covering more in depth information about sustainable gardening, this workshop This time looking further into the role of critters in the garden, plant health and also exploring micro climates and how to use them to our advantage. 2 hour workshop, 1pm-3pm. $45. Booking essential

Lindmar Open Garden & Plant Lovers Fair

Visit the beautiful acreage garden of Lindmar Garden, browse the many stallholders selling rare plants, garden products, tools, garden furniture, garden art, heritage seeds, birdhouses and native beehives. Talks by guest speakers. Light refreshments and sausage sizzle available for sale.

130 Blewers Road, Morayfield (Morayfield is only 50 minutes drive north of Brisbane city.)

Entry $7 (U18 free)


Gardens of Hampton, Qld

Gardens of Hampton – visit 3 magnificent Queensland country gardens featuring crab apple walk, old fashioned roses, massed perennials, mature trees, clipped camellias, wisteria arch, fruit trees, vegetable gardens and persimmons ripe and ready to harvest! Open from 9am to 5pm both Saturday 27 May and Sunday 28 May 2017. Entry $5 per garden (U18 free) at the gate.

James and Barbara McGeogh
Emaho Trees
507 Ravensbourne Dip Road via Tessman Road, Hampton

Trish and Adrian Allan
Blue Hills Garden
Deeth Road, Crows Nest

Glennys and Col Seccombe
Secca’s Valley
Palmtree Road, Hampton

Hampton is an easy 1 hour 50 minute drive west of Brisbane city, via Toowoomba.

Subtropical Cottage Gardening Level II workshop, Brisbane

Workshop: Subtropical Cottage Gardening Level IIThis workshop carries on from the first Subtropical Cottage Gardening workshop and will delve deeper into cottage gardening and will include much more plant information including edible and medicinal plants in the cottage garden, and more design ideas. 2 hour workshop, 1pm-3pm, $45, booking essential

Workshop: Recycled Garden Art, Brisbane

Workshop: Recycled Garden Art. This is for those wishing to be eco friendly and those just wanting to make gardening easier – let nature do the hard work for you. Covers soil care, water wise gardening, reducing chemicals and fertilisers and plant choices. 4 hour workshop, 9am-1pm. $90 (includes lunch). Booking essential, limited places.

Garden Releaf

Independent garden centres across Australia will be holding Garden Releaf Day 2017 on Sunday March 19. Amongst other things there will be loads of fun, COLOUR themed activities and focusing on the benefits of plants and gardens to enrich our lives. Garden centres will be exploding with beautiful plants and informative displays.

Established in 2014 by Garden Centres Australia (GCA) Garden Releaf is an innovative program to help people understand the benefits that; spending time in a garden, being surrounded by living plants and enjoying healthy fresh produce can have on a person’s health and wellbeing. The program aims to provide the community with ideas and inspiration, information and events through its supporting Independent Garden Centres about how they can get involved with immersing themselves in plants and gardens; whether they are apartment dwellers, city block residents or on the land. The Garden Releaf program also focuses on raising money to support selected charities, such as beyondblue

Check out the program at your local independent nursery HERE

Weeds: from foe to friend workshop, Brisbane

Workshop: Weeds from foe to friend. For those who missed it last time or for those who want to delve further into the wonderful world of weeds – how to use them, eat them, compost them, use them as soil indicators, eradicate them without poisons, and including a discussion of specific weeds – bring one from your garden you would like to know more about

Ipswich Garden & Plant Expo

Ipswich Garden & Plant Expo is a tropical and subtropical plant lovers paradise, with over 100 plant stalls selling all types of plants, local horticulture experts, guest speakers, food stalls, entertainment, organic and edible gardening. Free parking. $10 entry, $8 concession, under 15 free. Only a 35 minute drive from Brisbane!

Subtropical Cottage Gardening workshop, Brisbane

Workshop: Subtropical Cottage Gardening. What is a cottage garden and why do we want one, why they are a great garden style for Brisbane, cottage garden design and plants which achieve this design BUT which suit our climate.

Gardening on a Budget

Workshop: Gardening on a budget. Learn from Kate Wall how to save money and what not to cut costs on, propagating, and how to know what you need and don’t need to buy to have a great garden, and will include money saving garden design ideas. 2 hour workshop, 1pm-3pm. $45. Booking essential

Verge Gardening

‘Verge Gardening’ covers safety issues, soil preparation, appropriate plant choices, edible verge gardens, and caring for a verge garden. Join Kate Wall, garden writer, consulting gardener, and biologist to learn how to garden in harmony with nature, and create beautiful and rewarding gardens suited to our SE Qld climate

Cost $45 includes afternoon tea and a free plant from June’s Home Grown Plants. 49 Arras Steet Yeronga, in Brisbane. Bookings essential contact Kate Wall at

Giving Garden open in SEQ

Ian and Judy Wintle are once again opening the Giving Garden, their beautiful subtropical garden in Birkdale (east of Brisbane city) in South East Queensland. There will also be unusual and rare plants for sale and refreshments provided by the local Lions Club. The garden is open to raise funds for Lions Club charities supporting disabled children.

The Giving Garden is known for its collections of beehive gingers, orchids, costus and bromeliads as well as stunning layout with winding paths and views.

The Giving Garden is open at 5 Carlton Court, Birkdale, 4159, Queensland, on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November, 2016, from 9am to 4.30pm. $7 adults, children free.

Weeds: From Foe to Friend

Learn from sustainable garden expert Kate Wall how to appreciate the benefits of weeds and what they can be used for. Topics covered include:
•  edible weeds
•  medicinal weeds
•  compost value of weeds
•  weeds as indicators of garden conditions
•  how to mange unwanted weeds without using poisons
•  other uses for weeds
Cost is $44/person and includes afternoon tea and a free plant from June’s Home Grown Plants.
1-3pm, Yeronga, Brisbane

Bookings are essential as numbers are limited. Confirm your booking by calling or texting Kate on 0448 460 037 or by email

Butterfly Gardening

Butterfly Gardening – hear a talk given by Jo Hammond, Butterfly Lady. Learn about the value of butterflies in the garden and how to attract them. Cost $35 including free plant) Saturday 15 October, 2-3.30pm at The Gardeners Wall, Yeronga, in Brisbane.

Sustainable Gardening

Learn how to garden in harmony with nature. Get useful information on eco-friendly gardening without compromising on beauty or good garden design. Topics covered will include:
· Water wise gardening
· Attracting good bugs
· Reducing the need for sprays, chemicals and fertilisers
· Soil care
· Composting / recycling organic matter
· Understanding and working with microclimates in the garden
· Incorporating edible and medicinal plants

Cost is $44/person and includes afternoon tea and a free plant from June’s Home Grown Plants.
1-3pm, Yeronga, Brisbane
Bookings are essential as numbers are limited. Confirm your booking by calling or texting Kate on 0448 460 037 or by email

Noosa Plant Fair

Noosa Botanic Gardens Friends’ Plant Fair on Sunday 4 September 2016 from 9am to 3pm will have specialist plant sellers selling a range of unusual and collectible plants.

There’s a great speaker lineup – Paul Plant (10am), John Green (11am), Arno King (12 noon) and Dr Seonaid Melville (2pm) plus live music at 1pm and classic cars on display.

FREE entry

Subtropical Cottage Gardening

Spend an afternoon in Kate Wall’s Brisbane cottage garden learning how to create a beautiful and easy cottage garden in the subtropics. Topics covered include:
* what is a cottage garden
* the history of cottage gardens and why they are relevant today
* applying the principles of cottage gardening to a subtropical setting
* plant choices for the subtropics

Cost is $44/person and includes afternoon tea and a free plant from June’s Home Grown Plants.

1-3pm, Yeronga, Brisbane

Bookings are essential as numbers are limited. Confirm your booking by calling or texting Kate on 0448 460 037 or by email

Hidden Design Festival comes to Brisbane

Hidden all around Australia are stunning gardens, designed, constructed and maintained by landscape professionals – gardens which are rarely seen, other than by their owners and friends. The Hidden Design Festival, Queensland showcases these gardens to the public. After two years of sell-out success in Sydney, Hidden is set to open here in Brisbane on Saturday 5 March 2016. If you love seeing high quality gardens and want to see the work of some of our top garden designers, you will not want to miss this event. Continue reading “Hidden Design Festival comes to Brisbane”

Guilfoyle and his warm climate plants

A few years ago, whilst researching Polyscias (commonly called Aralia) cultivars for a magazine article, I came across mention of their discovery and introduction by William Guilfoyle during his voyage on the HMS Challenger in 1868. I was surprised to learn this was the same W R Guilfoyle (1840 – 1912) who later became the famous curator at the Melbourne Botanic Garden. Continue reading “Guilfoyle and his warm climate plants”