Daffodils at Rydal, NSW

Rydal is a pretty village on the bank of Solitary Creek, surrounded by rolling rural countryside. It was named after a village in England where the poet William Wordsworth lived. His poem ‘The Daffodils‘ has helped make these lovely flowers popular.

Rydal has some wonderful heritage buildings dating from the time when it was the terminus of the Western Railway.

For 2 weekends each September, Rydal is aglow with thousands of daffodils, in open fields, public parks and private gardens.

Open gardens for 3017 TBA

Plant Fair Noosa Botanic Gardens

Plant Sales – Garden Guest Speakers – Classic Cars – Food – Fun
The Friends of Noosa Botanic Gardens welcome everyone to a Father’s Day celebration as part of the Noosa Botanic Gardens Plant Fair 2017.

A number of dedicated plant sellers will be at this event to offer you:

  • collectable rare plants
  • natives for the garden and habitat
  • tropical exotics
  • edible herbs, vegetables and fruit trees

Garden presentations with Guest Speakers:
10am – Growing bromeliads
11am – Orchids
12pm – Home-made organic pest control
1pm – Composting – what to add and not to add
2pm – Propagation – how to make stem cuttings
Support the Botanic Gardens by attending this event. Sales from the Friends stall will be invested back into the gardens.

For Dad’s there will be vintage classic cars and lots of other interesting items at the event.

Entrance is FREE

Gardening on a budget workshop, Brisbane

Join us in Kate’s garden to learn about gardening on a budget. This 2 hour workshop will cover lots of garden basics, but importantly how to prioritise limited garden spending. Topics covered will include:
•  Soil preparation
•  plant selection
•  where and how to buy plants
•  basic design and layout of the garden
•  reusing and repurposing materials
•  basic propagation

This workshop is perfectly suited to gardening beginners, or anyone wanting to stretch their gardening dollars further. Kate’s garden features many reused and repurposed items, and cheaply sourced plants which have been used together to create a wonderful and rewarding garden with very little financial investment.
Located at 49 Arras St Yeronga

APS Wilson Park (Berwick) Native Plant Sale

The Wilson Park Berwick branch of the Australian Plants Society is holding its annual Australian Native Plant Sale on Saturday 2nd September 2017, 9am to 4pm. This event will be held in Wilson Botanic Park, 668 Princes Highway, Berwick, Victoria.
There will be a wide variety of native plants stalls where you can seek advice direct from the growers/nursery owners. Also a sustainability stall, specialist book stall, food/drink, raffle and native flower display will feature.


Kings Park Festival

The Kings Park Festival is celebrating ‘Where the Wildflowers Are’ during the month of September 2017. Western Australian wildflowers will form the stunning backdrop to a month long extravaganza of walks and talks, outdoor exhibitions, art installations and fun for all the family.

Kings Park will transform into a rainbow of colour and movement. Join in the celebration.


Launch of ‘Eden Unearthed’

Eden Unearthed 2017 will open officially with champagne and canapés on Thursday 31 August, 4:30pm till 7:30pm.
See Eden Gardens reimagined through the eyes of installation artists, with 50 works on display. Join us for a curators tour at 5pm. In conjunction with this 6 month exhibition, we are pleased to also launch a Sculpture walk, with works on sale for 6 weeks in the Garden Centre.

Tickets $20
RSVP 17th August, 2017


Eden ‘Unearthed’, Sydney

Eden Gardens in Macquarie Park in Sydney is the venue for an exciting exhibition called Eden Unearthed, the largest collection of commissioned temporal artworks in Australia.

Eden Unearthed combines the talents of both established and developing artists to create works that respond to the site specifically, working with the garden to interpret it in a unique and exciting way.

A selection of our many exhibiting artists: Leon Kluge; Ainslie Murray; Emma Mattson; Pamela Lee Brenner with Johannes Muljana; Leanne Thompson; Margarita Sampson and Veronica Richterova

Pruning and propagating, Brisbane

Many gardeners tell me they are afraid to prune and have no idea how to propagate. This workshop is for you! This 2 hour workshop will cover pruning of perennials and shrubs – and will include natives like grevilleas which can be tricky.
We will then look at propagating – by cuttings, division and seed. All participants will have at leave with pots of cuttings (from Kate’s garden!) and will be ready to fill their gardens with plants they have propagated themselves!

Cost $45 includes afternoon tea.

Bookings essential as numbers are limited. To book call or text on 0448 460 037, or email thegardenerswall@westnet.com.au

Bulb Growing workshop, Mt Tomah

Join our horticulturist to learn the secrets to bulb growing success. Learn about general cultivation and care tips for growing both spring and summer flowering bulbs with a hands on propagation workshop.

Location: Waratah Education Centre
Date:26 Aug 2017
Time:10:30 AM
Price:$25.00 per person
Contact:4567 3000

Ipswich Home Gardener’s Expo

The Ipswich Home Gardener’s Expo is on Saturday 26 August 2017 at the complex located between Eileen and Green Streets on Glebe Road, Booval, Ipswich, from 8:30 am and 3:00 pm. Cost $5.00 adults,children under 12 years free.

There will be over 70 stalls with many plant stalls, garden tools, garden products and ornaments, craft, bark painting, pots and hangers, and much more. A Plant Crèche is on site to look after your plants and a ATM will be available should you require more funds.

In the Speaker’s Forum this year, our guest speakers are Jerry-Coleby Williams, Noel Burdette, Claire Bickle and Paul Plant.

Talk: Fascination with Orchid Pollination, Cranbourne

Fascination of Orchid Pollination’ with Mitch Smith – Plants need pollinators! There is so much that we do not know about how pollination of Australian plants occurs. Come to this talk with the subtitle of ‘Sex, Lies and Seduction’ and become better acquainted with what has been discovered in recent times especially with Victoria’s terrestrial orchids.

Mitch Smith has no formal training and is a self-professed ecologist/environmentalist. The ground breaking work by Mitch with Rudie Kuiter on Victoria’s orchid pollinators is believed to be the most comprehensive work to date, with pollinators described for approx 150 species of orchids. This is citizen science at its best!

Mitch owns Woolenook Native Plant Nursery in Maffra. He works on local re-vegetation and restoration projects and has accumulated knowledge and insights on many aspects of the environment. Mitch also acts as an advisor to current land managers on environmental matters, mostly to do with orchids and grassland management in his local area. Mitch is a very enthusiastic knowledgeable person and this shines forth in his stimulating presentations.

Make sure you do not miss this talk!

This talk is being held as an accompanying event with the ‘Native Seduction’ Art Exhibition that is open through August at the Cranbourne Gardens. For further information: Phone 8774 2483, 0448 013 892
Venue: Australian Garden Auditorium, RBGV Cranbourne Gardens
Cnr Ballarto Road and Botanic Drive
Costs: Members $20; Non-members $25; Students $10

Botanical Art Workshops Melbourne

Join accomplished botanical artist Mail Moir for these 2.5 hour x 4 sessions learning how to create beautiful botanical illustrations using the medium of water colour paint or pencil. These workshops are for FOBG members and friends and include the opportunity to have your botanical illustrations
included in a soon to be published book on Burnley Gardens.

About Mali: Mali is an accomplished botanical artist and graduate of Burnley. After horticulture, Mali studied botanical art and went on to work as the botanical illustrator at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. She now exhibits her work and runs botanical art classes. She can cater for all levels of expertise, from the … “I really can’t draw” to “I just need some help with this”.

When:  Wednesday 9 August and 16, 23 and 30 August
10 am – 12.30 pm

Cost: Total for the 4 sessions  –  Members $200       Non-members $240
Venue:  Quad 4, Burnley Campus, University of Melbourne, 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond.
Parking: Rear car park, off F R Smith Drive.
Bookings essential: Phone Jennene 0412 097 068 or email jarnel1942@gmail.com (NB:  A minimum of 5 registrations are required for the class to commence. Maximum in the class will be 10 people)

The World of Truffles, Melbourne

Truffles have captured our imagination on for centuries. This treat of treats is black gold. Whether you want to grow your own or set up a business, this seminar introduces you to the mysterious truffle world. Black or white truffles? Oak or hazelnut host?

This seminar with Noel Fitzpatrick covers all aspects of truffle growing, including choosing the right site, soil type, host tree and truffle life-cycle. There will also be a discussion and demonstration of truffle cooking techniques with truffle devotee Susan Burns. Seminar concludes with afternoon tea and truffle tasting. You may also purchase fresh truffles at a discount on the day.

Noel Fitzpatrick is a well known truffle consultant, Victorian truffle farmer and Burnley graduate. Noel has spent time in France, Italy and Spain studying all aspects of truffle production on with European growers and mycologists. He is a regular columnist on truffle growing for the Australian Tree Crop magazine. Noel’s own farm in Victoria Australia is used for industry training and truffle tourism activities.

WHEN: Saturday 5 August 2017

PLACE: The Hall, Burnley Campus 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond

TIME: 3.00pm – 6.00pm

COST: Members $65, visitors $80

PARKING: Available in the Boulevard

Bookings essential at friends.burnley@gmail.com

Burnley Field Day, Melbourne

Burnley Field Day
Saturday 5 August 2017
10.00 am – 1.00 pm – Pruning Workshop with Chris England ($50-$65 bookings essential*)
11.00 am – 3.00 pm – Plant Sale (payments for plants is cash only)
3.00 pm  –  6.00 pm – Truffle Seminar The World of Truffles with Noel Fitzpatrick ($65-$80, bookings essential*)

Cash payments only – *Book via the FOBG website

Other attractions:
Sausage sizzle, coffee and cakes

Parking on Yarra Boulevard (Melways Map 45 & X872)


Recycled Garden Art workshop, Brisbane

Recycled Garden Art. This one will be from 9am to 1pm, and will include a light lunch. Cost $90. Places at this one will be limited so book early. We will have a creative time designing garden art from junk or old objects. Many materials will be supplied but you are also encouraged to BYO some favourite bits to turn into art. We will also have tools and a handy man on site to help us turn our ideas into an art piece to take home.

Bookings are essential – contact Kate on 0448 460 037 or thegardenerswall@westnet.com.au

All About Flowers Plant Sale, Sydney

More than 18,000 plants from the Royal Botanic Garden’s stunning display All about Flowers are to be sold for a gold coin donation (or $10 for the Orchids!).

All about Flowers is the first floral display in the new horticultural display centre, The Calyx. The display was designed to bring vibrant colour into our Sydney winter – it can now be taken home to brighten your own garden!

You are invited to purchase plants for a gold coin (or $10 for the Orchids) from The Calyx from 8am on Saturday 5 August. The Calyx is located in the middle of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Closest parking is on Mrs Macquaries Road. If you plan to buy a lot (please do!), bring a friend as it is about a 5-10 minute walk to the parking bays. You must also bring your own basket, box or bag.

The money raised from this plant sale will help Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens continue to support horticulture, conservation, scientific research and educations programs in the beautiful Botanic Garden.

Cash is preferred.

The Calyx, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
05 Aug 2017
8:00 AM
Free entry


National Tree Day, Australia

National Tree Day is when we celebrate our lifelong relationship with trees. Nature elevates the human spirit. It ignites passion, inspiration, creativity and purpose. And it’s the driving force behind why more than a quarter of a million people participate in National Tree Day each year.

There’s no better time to bare your heart and soil than National Tree Day. We want everyone to know the inspiration that nature can bring.

Find a National Tree Day event near you HERE

10 Best Plants for Therapeutic Gardens, Sydney

Join Horticulturalist Elizabeth Swane as she presents her recommendations for reliable plants in therapeutic gardens. Elizabeth brings a wealth of knowledge, with 40 years’ experience in horticulture.
Informed plant selection makes the garden an important resource for leisure activities based around gardening – including watering, taking cuttings, picking flowers for posies and cultivation. Plant selection needs to be engaging for visitors, staff and residents, and have seasonal interest and diversity. Sensory plants have appeal in touch, sight and smell, and can also evoke memories – important in aged and dementia care. It is also important to select the right plants to suit the climate (or micro climate), water and soil conditions as well as maintenance requirements.

General admission $25, Cultivate NSW Members $20. Bookings essential at TryBooking

Winter plant sale at Cranbourne

Winter Plant Sale of Australian plants for the Growing Friends group of the Cranbourne Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Inc.

Plant sale dates: Saturday and Sunday 22nd and 23rd July, 2017
Times: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on both days
Location: Royal Botanic Garden Victoria – Cranbourne (1000 Ballarto Rd, Cranbourne)
A wide range of Australian plants in tubes and larger pots will be for sale – priced from $3.

A great opportunity to purchase plants and look around the Australian Garden.

Arno King at Queensland Garden Expo

Here subtropical plant expert Arno King talk on a range of subjects at the Queensland Garden Expo. Arno is a landscape architect, horticulturist, garden writer, GardenDrum author, and experienced presenter who works and gardens in subtropical SE Queensland.

Arno’s talks are all free after show entry.

Friday 7 July
10am – garden travel in Singapore and Japan. (Jacaranda Stage)
1pm – Fun with foliage. Subtropical foliage provides dramatic colour, varied
texture and a variety of shapes to be used in the garden. Learn about the
diversity of plants available and get ideas on how to combine them. (Jacaranda Stage)

Saturday 8 July
10am – Japan and China – how garden travel can provide inspiration for your own garden. (Jacaranda Stage)
11.15am – Perennial subtropical vegetables – the easy option for the beginner and time poor gardener. (Kitchen Garden Stage)

Sunday 9 July
10am – garden travel in Singapore and Japan. (Jacaranda Stage)
12pm – Exotic tropical flowers. Some of the most beautiful flowering plants in the world thrive in the subtropical garden. Orchids, gingers, heliconias, anthuriums and bromeliads provide colour and interest. Learn how to incorporate them in your garden. (Banksia Stage)

Bush tucker plants at Rouse Hill

Search for bush tucker plants with Aboriginal guides from Muru Mittigar around Rouse Hill House and Farm. Learn about traditional bush foods and make a traditional ‘Johnny cake’. Then sit down to your well-earned tucker! This is a fun and engaging activity for all the family.

Enjoy the following activities during this program:

– Learn how to identify plants and any wildlife we can spot

– Use traditional and contemporary ingredients to make a ‘Johnny cake’

– Bake your cake, make sure there is enough to share

– Enjoy your well-earned bush tucker when the work is done!

Note: This is a rural property with uneven terrain. Please wear enclosed shoes and clothing suitable for walking around a farm property, and bring wet weather gear if appropriate. A hat and sunscreen are recommended, as significant parts of the program are conducted outdoors.

Garden Grubs, Sydney RBG

Kids have lots of creative and active fun in the Garden with our professional, enthusiastic educators! All-day adventures change every day to follow the children’s interests, and include using maps and compasses to navigate through the Garden, spotting wildlife (large and small), fun nature-play, art and craft, active games and hands-on planting and harvesting in the Yellowwood Learning Garden.
…and every day we have an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour with a Garden expert to discover the amazing plant science and horticulture that goes on in the Botanic Garden.
For more infomation please download our Garden Grubs Fact Sheet.
Who: Kids 6 – 12 years
Time: 9am – 3.30pm (Standard Day) OR 8am – 5.30pm (Long Day)
When: Wednesday 5, Thursday 6, Wednesday 12, Thursday 13 July
Meeting Point: The Moore Room, see map below
Members Pricing: $76.50 per child (Standard Day), $103.50 (Long Day)
Non-Members Pricing: $85 per child (Standard Day), $115 per child (Long Day)
Bookings: Essential online, limited places available

Boabs and Bottle Trees with Attila Kapitany

Boabs and Bottle Trees: Join Attila Kapitany as we marvel at these majestic and spectacular giants of the Australian continent, some grotesque and monstrous, others appearing in need of a hug. Much of the presentation will show trees in habitat but with regular reference to cultivation and numerous pictures to support their incredible potential in landscape gardening and design. While some people are aware that Australia has the Queensland bottle tree (Brachychiton rupestris), most aren’t aware of several other species within the genus that also develop bottle-shaped trunks, such as Brachychiton compactus.  This is a much rarer and much more spectacular species, primarily in that its flowers are large and the canopy luxuriant. Even rarer new species will be shown as part of the presentation. Though not bottle trees, some other classic favourite Brachychitons will also be covered e.g. Brachychiton acerifolius and B. populneus.

Start your day at Cranbourne with Attila’s earlier talk on Australian Succulents and make sure you drop by the bookshop for one of his many excellent books.

Venue: Australian Garden Auditorium, Cranbourne Gardens
Cnr Ballarto Rd and Botanic Drive, Cranbourne
Melway Map 133 G10

Program for the day
10 – 10:30 am              Attila in Gardens Shop
10:30 am                      Attila in Auditorium for morning tea, also to chat to people
11:00 am  – 12 noon    Attila’s talk on Australian Succulents
12:30 – 1 pm                Attila in Gardens Shop
1:00 – 1:45 pm             Lunchtime
1:45 – 2 pm                  Attila in Auditorium to chat to people
2:00 – 3 pm                  Attila’s talk on Boabs & Bottle Trees
3:00 – 3:30 pm            Attila in Auditorium for afternoon tea, also to chat to people
3:30 – 4:00 pm            Attila in Gardens Shop

Cost: Morning (talk & refreshments): Members $20 Non-members $25 Students $10;
Afternoon (talk & refreshments): Members $20 Non-members $25 Students $10;
Both Talks (includes refreshmentsJ Members $30 Non-members $40 Students $15

Bookings are essential: go to Friends of Cranbourne, click on Events and scroll down to A day with Attila Kapitany – Australian Succulents and Boabs, and Bottle Trees to download a Booking Form.

‘Weeds – from foe to friend’ workshop, Brisbane

Weeds from foe to friend. For those who missed the last workshop 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.

Bookings are essential – contact Kate on 0448 460 037 or thegardenerswall@westnet.com.au


Australian Succulents with Attila Kapitany

Spend a delightful day at Cranbourne with Attila Kapitany, expert on Australia’s native succulents and plants.

In Australian Succulent Plants Attila will show you a fresh approach to conventional attitudes and ideas about the diversity and beauty of Australian flora. Enjoy a colourful visual tour of lesser known and intriguing Australian native plants, mostly in habitat, some of which are rare and very unusual. With Australia’s natural flora of well over 20,000 species, at least 400 are considered to have a notable degree of succulence. Covering at least one hundred species from forty genera and touching on some traditional and modern foods, supply and availability, cultivation, conservation and other points of interest. Included are some of the most under-appreciated, diverse, and interesting of Australian plants. The fact that many of them are among the most drought- or dry-tolerant of all plants, helps link them all together, along with their obvious succulence. Many of these plants have never been trialled in gardens before. Some interesting aspects of their usefulness in the garden will be explored.

Then stay for a walk around the gardens and time to buy some of Attila’s excellent books, followed by Attila’s afternoon talk on Boabs and Bottle Trees

Venue: Australian Garden Auditorium, Cranbourne Gardens
Cnr Ballarto Rd and Botanic Drive, Cranbourne
Melway Map 133 G10

Program for the day
10 – 10:30 am              Attila in Gardens Shop
10:30 am                      Attila in Auditorium for morning tea, also to chat to people
11:00 am  – 12 noon    Attila’s talk on Australian Succulents
12:30 – 1 pm                Attila in Gardens Shop
1:00 – 1:45 pm             Lunchtime
1:45 – 2 pm                  Attila in Auditorium to chat to people
2:00 – 3 pm                  Attila’s talk on Boabs & Bottle Trees
3:00 – 3:30 pm            Attila in Auditorium for afternoon tea, also to chat to people
3:30 – 4:00 pm            Attila in Gardens Shop

Cost: Morning (talk & refreshments): Members $20 Non-members $25 Students $10;
Afternoon (talk & refreshments): Members $20 Non-members $25 Students $10;
Both Talks (includes refreshmentsJ Members $30 Non-members $40 Students $15

Bookings are essential: go to Friends of Cranbourne, click on Events and scroll down to A day with Attila Kapitany – Australian Succulents and Boabs, and Bottle Trees to download a Booking Form.

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.

Michael McCoy with Jen Vuk, Woodend, Vic

Of Dirt, Design & Dreaming – hear Michael McCoy with Jen Vuk at Woodend Community Centre as part of the Woodend Winter Arts Festival.

Michael McCoy talks to journalist Jen Vuk about the journey of setting off into a life in the sciences, and being totally hijacked along the way by a passion for gardening. While keeping his hands firmly in the dirt, his passion has lead to decades of contributions to The Age, a couple of books, years of design-concept driven radio, garden design commissions around Australia, the leading of specific gardentour groups overseas, and the hosting of the critically acclaimed TV series Dream Gardens.

All tickets $20 – buy online through the Woodend Winter Arts Festival website

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 gardenontheedge@gmail.com

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

Plant Sale at Burnley, Melbourne

Vegie seedlings, native plants, salvias and more on sale on the Corymbia Lawn behind the Student Union building. Parking on Yarra Blvd.

Full plant list on the Friends of Burnley Gardens website

Payments by cash only. Funds raised go to Burnley Gardens Projects. Wednesday 7 June 2017, 12:00 – 3:00 pm

Sustainable gardening for lazy gardeners Level 2, Brisbane

Sustainable gardening for the lazy gardener level 2. While the Level 1 workshop is not a prerequisite it is helpful. This workshop will delve much deeper into gardening in harmony with nature to create not only a very beautiful garden, but also one in which nature does the hard work for you, so you have more time to enjoy it.
We will discuss plant health and when, how and even if we should intervene, we will look at the important role tiny critters play in the garden and also look at making our garden friendly for larger forms of wildlife – including ourselves.
As usual this workshop will cost $45, and will include afternoon tea and a free plant from June’s Home Grown Plants.

Bookings are essential – contact Kate on 0448 460 037 or thegardenerswall@westnet.com.au

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.

VIVID Sydney

See 63 exciting and wonderful light installations by inspirational artists from around the world, displayed across many locations around Sydney, including Circular Quay, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, The Rocks, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, Martin Place, Kings Cross, Carriageworks, Taronga Zoo and Chatswood. Access to outdoor light installations is free, lights on from 6pm to 11pm.

All About Flowers, The Calyx, Sydney

All About Flowers is a free floral display designed to bring colour into winter. Curated by the award winning team at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the display showcases colourful arrangements of exotic plants including Moth Orchids, Begonias, Hydrangeas, Garvineas, and more.

Wander the indoor floral garden beds and stand back and admire the amazing magnitude of Australia’s largest green wall. The wall, standing at 6 metres high and stretching across 50 metres is a living watercolour painting, paying poetic homage to the masters of Impressionism.

All About Flowers is on in The Calyx and open 20 May to 30 July 2017, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm daily. Entry is FREE but donations are welcome.

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

Botanica – in Sickness and in Health

Don’t miss this exhibition of superb botanical art and illustration featuring work from Australia’s best and also international botanical artists. 2017’s Botanica theme draws its inspiration from the multiple ways we need, love and should appreciate plants – medicines, oxygen, poisons, fragrances, in celebrations and so much more.

Open 10am-4pm daily at the Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

FREE admission

Making Kokedama balls, Melbourne

Whether this Kokedama art is for your bathroom, kitchen or shade area, you’ll love the experience of botanically crafting green growing spheres of moss and Australian plants. Tanja Beer will give an introduction to her art and work, then demonstrate how to make a Kokedama ball. Finally, under her watchful eye you’ll make your own glowing globe of greenness to take home. Plus, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to create more.

When: Saturday 6 May 2017
Place: Room PSL6 (follow the signs).
Burnley Campus, 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond.
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Cost: $40 (members). $50 (non-members). All materials and plants supplied.
Parking: available in the Boulevard
Bookings and payment essential: email friends.burnley@gmail.com or Tel: 9035 6815

Cottage Garden Club, Sydney

Come and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Cottage Garden Club!

Guest speakers: Garry Reid on South African bulbs; Sonja Cameron on plant and perennials’ Michael McCoy, presenter on Dream Gardens talking about ‘One Thing’ – a design idea to take home from some of the world’s greatest gardens.

The days starts with plant stalls and garden products for sale in and around the hall, with guest speakers at 10am, then a lunch break before the afternoon speaker.

Sausage sizzle and birthday cupcakes galore, and wear something floral to add to the day’s fun.

Planty Fierce

Visit 3 horticulture industry private NSW Central Coastal gardens; be inspired by designer gardens and buy interesting plants for your home garden – all on the one day!

“Sea-Changer” garden by garden designer Peter Nixon, 21 Lavinia Street, Forresters Beach

“Paradox” garden by plantsman Ray Henderson, 25 Curringa Close, Glenning Valley – sun bromeliad sales and advice

“Living Edge” garden & nursery David Fripp & Blake Jolley 1483 Peats Ridge Rd, Peats Ridge – rare plant sales and advice

ENTRY: $5 at each of the 3 gardens, cash only, children free & no dogs

EXTRAS – hard to find designer plant sales at all 3 gardens for your garden or client’s