The Enchanted Garden, Brisbane

As the sun goes down and the evening settles in, Roma Street Parkland’s Enchanted Garden springs to life. From 8-17 December, the Spectacle Garden in Roma Street Parklands will be adorned with twinkling lights, beguiling decorations and mellow music – meander through, enjoying a festive feast for the senses.

Hidden Design Festival, Sydney

Hidden Design Festival 2018 reveals the usually private gardens and outdoor spaces behind the gates, walls, passageways and hedges that showcase the talents of some of our leading landscape designers. Members of the public are invited to buy a ticket that gives them access to all of the gardens. Most of these gardens have never before been opened to the public and are unlikely to be open again.

Gardens will be open in various locations around Sydney.

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

Behind the Scenes Glasshouse Tour

Join Dr Dale Dixon, Curator Manager of the Royal Botanic Garden for a behind-the-scenes tour of the new tropical display house, known as Latitude 23. Closed to the general public, it is home to an amazing collection of ferns, orchids, aroids, tillandsias, bromeliads, lilies, begonias, palms and cycads – many of the plants that were kept in the Pyramid and the Arc.

Cost: $25 (Foundation & Friends Member $20)

Contact: 02 9231 8182

 

Cider Making

Learn to make great apple cider or upgrade knowledge and skills at this one day workshop. Rob Pelletier, course facilitator, is joined by a award-winning cider maker, Michael Henry, from Henry of Harcourt, one or Australia’s pioneering, and award winning traditional cider making establishments.

Participants will see first hand suitable start-up equipment and supplies, learn the basic theory behind making cider, understand the steps required to produce cider, how to make fine adjustments to cider, and experience the preparation and processing of fruit, fermentation and bottling.

The finished product is not neglected. Over lunch there will be a tasting of selected varietal and blended ciders and award-winning Henry of Harcourt ciders will be available for purchase on the day.

 

GROUP DISCOUNT

Group bookings of 2 or more people receive a discount of $25 per person.

TWO DAY WORKSHOP DISCOUNT

A further 5% discount is available for people attending both the Orchard Establishment Workshop, held on the previous day Friday 24th November, and the Cider Making Workshop. Click HERE to book both workshops.

 

Orchard Establishment Workshop

This popular Workshop is a great introduction to what is required to start and maintain your own orchard.

Content
soil preparation and planting
variety selection
understanding and calculating chill hours
orchard orientation and layout
irrigation
tree spacing and training young trees
physical protection including netting structures
equipment for small orchard management
includes notes, lunch and morning and afternoon tea

 

Your instructor will be Rob Pelletier, horticulturist and proprietor of Heritage Fruit Trees.

The day will include equipment inspections, and tours of the Collections Orchard that contains over 300 varieties of apples, over 40 table grapes, stone fruit and figs, and the Scion Orchard that contains our most popular apples and our pear collection of over 60 varieties.

Group Discount

Group bookings of 2 or more people receive a discount of $15 per person.

Two Day Workshop Discount

A further 5% discount is available for people attending both the Orchard Establishment Workshop and the Cider Making Workshop, held on the following day Saturday 25th November 2017. Click HERE to book both workshops.

 

Succulent Day at the National Arboretum

Learn more about succulents and their part in the National Arboretum at Succulent Day, featuring well-known expert Attila Kapitany. This free event is brought to you by the Cactus & Succulent Society of the ACT Inc.

Location: Discovery Garden & Terrace Room, National Arboretum Canberra

Saturday, 18 November 2017 – from 9.30am to 2.30pm.

Program

Saturday, 18 Nov – National Arboretum

09:30 Succulents in Future Garden Design: Attila Kapitany. Q&A.

10:30 Potting demonstration: Jackie Warburton.

11:00 Guided tour of the Discovery Garden.

11:45 Short talk on Dragon and Bottle Trees.

12:30 Bottle Trees and Boabs – popular landscape trees for our times: Attila Kapitany. Q&A.

13:30 Grafting demonstration: Trevor Rodgers; and guided tour of the Discovery Garden.

14:30 Close.

Sunday, 19 Nov – Weston Creek Community Centre

10:30-12:30 Plant sale. Open to the public. All welcome.

 

About Attila Kapitany

Attila Kapitany has over 30 years of experience with cacti and succulents and was president of the Cactus and Succulent Society of Australia for 10 years. In 1980, the Kapitany brothers established Collectors’ Corner and Paradisa Nurseries, specialising in cacti and succulents. Together with Rudolf Schulz, Attila has written 7 books about succulents and his work is regularly published in magazines, journals and newspapers.

Botanic and Rare Plant Fair

 

The Botanic and Rare Plant Fair returns for its 2nd year with forty specialist plant and gardenware stalls from all over Australia, including Cranbourne Friends of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, The Diggers Club and Melbourne Friends of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria are excited to announce the return of the Fair, which alongside the plant stalls will feature talks, demonstrations, interactive debates, activities for the kids and the obligatory selection of foodie trucks to satisfy everyone’s appetite.

There will be a curated program covering a plethora of topics such as “Growing new directions for small spaces”, “Fiddle leaves, fashion and the future of gardening” and where Australians find inspiration in “Searching for Australia’s garden identity”.

This year’s Fair promises to inform, entertain and provoke visitors with challenging ideas and fresh new concepts. The Botanic and Rare Plant Fair is incredible value, your $15 entry tickets grants access to all of the above – plus children under sixteen are free!

Book early to skip the queue!

WHEN: 21 October and 22 October 2017, 10am to 4pm.

LOCATION: Observatory Precinct, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria – Melbourne Gardens Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne

 

Summer Vegie Gardening Talk

To celebrate National Gardening Week in Australia, the Friends invite all members & guides to a morning with Arno King who will give a talk on Summer Vegie Gardening.

Arno, a Registered Horticulturist and Registered Landscape Architect, will talk about:

How to prepare the vegetable garden to maximise summer production;
The importance of seasonal produce;
The right vegies and right varieties to suit the season;
Top crops to grow over the summer;
Seasonal issues to address;
followed by a Q & A session.

 

Where: Kitchen Garden at Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha

When: 8 October 2017, 10am to 12 noon – come at 9.30am for a cuppa.

Cost: Tickets $5.00 for Friends and Guides
Tickets collected at venue

Bookings: info@fbbgsa.org.au

Contact: Julie Lumsdale 0455 512 302

Vegies in pots will be available to purchase on the day.
All proceeds go The Friends to support the various projects and activities

 

Growing Friends Nursery Spring Fair

This year’s Growing Friends Nursery Spring Fair will have masses of healthy plants for sale, including Heliotropes, Bromeliads, Begonias, Hedychiums, Salvias, unusual natives from Growing Friends at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and cool-climate specialties from the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah group.

Highlights include rare Geebungs, Persoonia pinifolia and P. levis from Mount Annan, Duvernoia adhatodoides from Sydney, and Pherosphaera fitzgeraldii from Mount Tomah. Indoor plants, from The Calyx exhibition, include Philodendron, Dieffenbachia seguine ’Tropic Marianne‘ and Anthurium andraeanum.

 

When: 14-15 October AND 21-22 October, 10am to 4pm.

Location: Growing Friends Nursery at the Sydney Botanic Gardens.
Located adjacent to Mrs Macquaries Road, just north of the Foundation & Friends’ cottage. Entry from within the Garden is past the Maiden Theatre behind the Succulent Garden.

Price: Plants from $5.

Contact: 02 9231 8182

 

Flash your members card at the Growing Friends Spring Fair, on both weekends during Artisans in the Gardens, to receive fabulous discounts on a great range of plants. The Fair highlights include:

Wollemi Pine — Growing Friends will be selling 20 large plants grown at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan (featuring metal tags with details such as the trees from which they originated);

Pine-leaved Geebung — difficult to propagate and therefore quite uncommon, this beautiful NSW native shrub has soft pine-like foliage and yellow flowers;

Blue Mountains Pine — this critically-endangered species is thought to be 200 million years old (and is highly sought-after as a bonsai subject); and

Chrysophyllum imperiale — this rare and majestic species originates from the rainforests of Brazil.

 

If you can’t attend the Fair in the Royal Botanic Garden, your membership card will give you a 20% discount on plant sales at the Growing Friends Nursery (Mon-Sat) and the Visitor Centres in the Australian Botanic Garden and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden.

 

Growing Friends Nursery Spring Fair

This year’s Growing Friends Nursery Spring Fair will have masses of healthy plants for sale, including Heliotropes, Bromeliads, Begonias, Hedychiums, Salvias, unusual natives from Growing Friends at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and cool-climate specialties from the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah group.

Highlights include rare Geebungs, Persoonia pinifolia and P. levis from Mount Annan, Duvernoia adhatodoides from Sydney, and Pherosphaera fitzgeraldii from Mount Tomah. Indoor plants, from The Calyx exhibition, include Philodendron, Dieffenbachia seguine ’Tropic Marianne‘ and Anthurium andraeanum.

 

When: 14-15 October AND 21-22 October, 10am to 4pm.

Location: Growing Friends Nursery at the Sydney Botanic Gardens.
Located adjacent to Mrs Macquaries Road, just north of the Foundation & Friends’ cottage. Entry from within the Garden is past the Maiden Theatre behind the Succulent Garden.

Price: Plants from $5.

Contact: 02 9231 8182

 

Flash your members card at the Growing Friends Spring Fair, on both weekends during Artisans in the Gardens, to receive fabulous discounts on a great range of plants. The Fair highlights include:

Wollemi Pine — Growing Friends will be selling 20 large plants grown at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan (featuring metal tags with details such as the trees from which they originated);

Pine-leaved Geebung — difficult to propagate and therefore quite uncommon, this beautiful NSW native shrub has soft pine-like foliage and yellow flowers;

Blue Mountains Pine — this critically-endangered species is thought to be 200 million years old (and is highly sought-after as a bonsai subject); and

Chrysophyllum imperiale — this rare and majestic species originates from the rainforests of Brazil.

 

If you can’t attend the Fair in the Royal Botanic Garden, your membership card will give you a 20% discount on plant sales at the Growing Friends Nursery (Mon-Sat) and the Visitor Centres in the Australian Botanic Garden and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden.

 

Branches of Bromeliads

A creative workshop with Sascha Andrusiak.

Sascha just loves being creative with plants. When you walk into her greenhouse at Burnley, it is “alive” with things growing – carnivorous plants, cacti, bromeliads, orchids and much more. She makes living sculptures.

In this new workshop Sascha will guide you through how to mount bromeliads and little native orchids on a lichen-encrusted branch. These epiphytic plants are just the thing to make to give away as Christmas present or to keep and hang in a bathroom or sheltered spot outside. And they won’t die if you are away for a few days!

About Sascha:
Sascha is one of the driving forces at the Burnley Nursery (University of Melbourne, Burnley Campus).
She is responsible for the lovely living art around the Campus. You’ve almost certainly seen her around.

Cost:  $60 (members) $75 (non members) (includes all equipment, lichen branch, 3 epiphytic plants (incl. bromeliads and a native orchid) & morning tea). Additional plants may be purchased.


Bookings essential:
 email: friends.burnley@gmail.com  or tel:  9035 6815
Bring: your clean sharp secateurs and wear closed shoes.

Payment Details:    PAYMENT by EFT
Reference:          ***Please notate with your name***
BSB:         063420
Account No:     10018095
Account name:   Friends of Burnley Gardens Inc

Parking: available in the Boulevard

Eden Unearthed – Ink Drawing Workshop


Visit Eden Gardens and learn how to create traditional Chinese ink paintings, with Jane Gillings. This 2 hour workshop will explore some techniques for creating simple paintings of flowers and plants found in Eden’s Display Gardens.

Participants will learn how to grind their own ink as well as load the brush with ink to create tonal lines and shapes.  All materials will be supplied and participants can take their work home or contribute to the “Cuttings’ collage by gluing their finishing work onto the wall. Includes a delicious morning tea.

 

This workshop will be held at Eden Gardens, 307 Lane Cove Road, (corner of Fontenoy Road), Macquarie Park, NSW 2113.

Further details: call Eden Events on 02 9491 9976 or email events@edengardens.com.au

 

Eden Unearthed – Craft Workshop

Take a break from every day working life and turn your hand to handmade daffodils.

At the beginning of the 2.5 hour workshop craft artist Alison Thompson will provide you with your own daffodil kit that includes full written instructions along with everything you need to make a beautiful and unique daffodil. Each completed daffodil can be attached to a twig and placed in the daffodil garden at Eden Gardens as part of the stunning Hope Blooms installation. Includes a delicious Morning tea. 

You will be amazed at the stunning variety of daffodils that can be created from one simple easy to follow pattern and experience a wonderful sense of achievement when you see what you can create while taking time out from your working day.

The Craft Workshop is being held at Eden Gardens, 307 Lane Cove Road, (corner of Fontenoy Road), Macquarie Park, NSW 2113.

Further details: Eden Events on 02 9491 9976 or email events@edengardens.com.au.

20 year celebration at Friends of Burnley Gardens

A Celebration of our first 20 years at Friends of Burnley Gardens.

The Guest speaker will be Dr Greg Moore OAM, former principal of Burnley, Arboriculturist and Researcher.

About the celebration:
Exactly 20 years ago (to the day), 15 people had a meeting together that changed the support basis for the Burnley Gardens. They were the first Friends of Burnley Gardens.

Many of the inaugural group will be there to help us celebrate. Our Patron and guest speaker, Dr. Greg Moore, was also one of the founding group.

About the talk:
Greg will speak about emerging technology that can be used to great gardening advantage.
The title of his talk is:  Drones, the busy bees for arborists and gardeners


When: Saturday, 7 October 2017
Place: MB10, University of Melbourne  Burnley Campus, 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond
Time: 5.30 pm for drinks and nibbles (worth coming for!). 7 pm for the talk.
Cost: Free for Members OR $15 (for visitors)
Bookings essential:
email: friends.burnley@gmail.com or Tel: 9035 6861
Parking: available in the Boulevard

Payment Details: PAYMENT by EFT
Reference:   ***Please notate with your name***
BSB 063420
Account No = 10018095
Account name = Friends of Burnley Gardens Inc.

Botanical Art Workshops at Burnley Campus

A programme of 4 sessions of 2.5 hours each during October 2017. The medium will be watercolour paint and/or watercolour pencils.

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 4 October, 11 October, 18 October, 25 October
Time: 10am – 12.30pm
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)

Your booking and payment in full must be made by Friday, 29 September 2017.

Payment Details
Payment by EFT – Please notate: your name with the prefix BA (eg BASmith)
BSB 063420 Account No – 100 18095
Account Name – Friends of Burnley Gardens Inc
OR
Payment by Cheque –
Payable to Friends of Burnley Gardens Inc, 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond 3121

Growing Friends Super Spring Plant Sale

Held in conjunction with the Botanic and Rare Plant Fair.

The Growing Friends Group holds two public plant sales each year. These are the only opportunities for members of the public to buy rare plants propagated from Gardens’ stock. This spring the sale will be part of the Botanic and Rare Plant Fair.

Presented by Melbourne Friends. A full catalogue is available on the Friends’ website one week before the sale. www.rbgfriendsmelbourne.org

Saturday, 21 and Sunday, 22 October 2017 – 10am to 4pm.

Southern Cross and Observatory Lawns, Birdwood Avenue,
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

Entry $15, including talks.

Native Plants for your Garden with Angus Stewart

Join renowned native plant expert, Kangaroo Paw breeder, author and former ABC Gardening Australia presenter Angus Stewart on an insightful tour celebrating the beauty and diversity of the many improved Australian plant cultivars (with particular reference to Kangaroo Paws) and learn how to select the most appropriate native plants for your home garden whatever its size.

Sunday, 22 October 2017:
10.30 to 11.30am
12.30 to 1.30pm
2.30 to 3.30pm

Meet at the Visitor Centre, Cranbourne Gardens.

Cost $11.90 per person.

Growing Friends’ spring plant sale – Cranbourne

Peruse and buy from the wonderful selection of many magnificent Australian plants that are grown by the Growing Friends’ of Cranbourne Gardens. There will be clumping plants such as grasses and lilies as well as groundcovers, dwarf shrubs and shrubs of larger dimensions with also a few trees.

Many of the plants are propagated from plants growing in the multi-award-winning Australian Garden.

Plants are available in a range of different sized pots.

Prices start from $3 and EFTPOS facilities will be available.

Saturday, 14 and Sunday, 15 October 2017 – 10am to 4pm.

At the Australian Garden: Kiosk Area, entry via Ian Potter Precinct
Cranbourne Gardens

Macedon Garden Lovers’ Fair

The Macedon Garden Lovers’ Fair returns to the beautiful gardens of Bolobek this year, with a great range of garden treasures for sale and leading Australian gardening experts sharing their knowledge and insights.

A range of stalls will feature plants, including rare varieties, gardening books, specialist and artisan garden tools, outdoor furniture and power equipment. Visitors will have opportunity to meet plant growers and experts and the fair will also host guest speakers and garden celebrities, including ABC personality Stephen Ryan, succulent expert Attila Kapitany and edible plant specialist, Karen Sutherland.

Food, wine and refreshments will all be available.

 

The magnificent Bolobek garden will be open. Considered to be one of the finest in Australia and comprising more than 5 hectares, it was established over a century ago by the Syme family. Bolobek garden tours will be available.

A visit to the fair is an opportunity to see the spectacular Mt Macedon Ranges, have a relaxing weekend away or a special day out. Just one hour from Melbourne, Macedon is considered to be the “green heart” of the ranges.

 

Free parking.

Cost: $10 adults (children aged 16 years and under free)

7 October, 10.00am to 4.00pm
8 October, 10.00am to 4.00pm

 

Further information: gardenloversfair.com.au

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.

 

National Gardening Week

The inaugural Australian National Gardening Week will celebrate the simple joys of gardening and highlight the associated environmental, social and health benefits.

The new Australia-wide event is themed ‘Dig in & Celebrate’, and is open to people of all ages, as well as organisations, businesses, local communities, local councils and schools, to participate in and celebrate gardening in any way they choose.

Throw a garden party, visit a local park, join a garden club, plant a tree, visit your local nursery or just spend a day relaxing on the lawn!

The Rivendell Flower Show

The inaugural Rivendell Flower Show will be held on 23 and 24 September 2017 in the grounds of Thomas Walker Estate in Concord, fondly known as Rivendell. Open to the public, the show will fill feature flower and garden displays for the Inner West Sydney community amidst the beautiful architecture of the estate grounds.

All funds raised for this year’s Rivendell Flower Show will go towards Concord Hospital’s Department of Geriatric Medicine for the establishment of a gymnasium for Strong@Concord Program.

Sydney Gardening Show

Visit the brand new Sydney Garden Show, on at the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse at Rosehill on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (15 to 17 September 2017). A host of well-known experts and personalities: Michael McCoy, Toni Salter, Costa Georgiadis, Phil Dudman, Judy Horton and Paul Plant will be speaking at the ‘Garden Inspiration Theatre’ and holding ‘Ask it, Solve it’ panel sessions to answer your questions.

There will be lots to see, and buy – plants, tools, equipment, and garden related products. With the weather forecast looking fine, kick-start your spring gardening activities with a day out at the show!

Plant Lovers Fair, Kariong

Over 40 Exhibitors offering plants for collectors as well as ornamental and food gardens plus quality garden products, refreshments and ATM facilities. Meet PLF 2017 Ambassador Costa Georgiadis of Gardening Australia TV and hear talks by plant experts. All at Kariong Mountains High School, Central Coast, NSW, an easy 1 hour drive from Sydney.

Plants, Plants, Plants: Melbourne

There’s so much information on the web about plants – how do we sort the useful from the less useful? And much of the information comes from the northern hemisphere, especially England and the USA, where climate and soils are very different from those in Australia.

What is wrong with the statement does well in a moist, fertile, well-drained soil? What is wrong with the word hardy? Jill will discuss these controversial points while showing you the Burnley Plant Guide, a Burnley-produced pictorial database of plants that can make your plant selection tasks a breeze, while at the same time helping the environment by minimising resource inputs. She has been working on it for more than a decade.

You are encouraged to bring in a plant in flower or fruit from your garden for identification and discussion.

About Jill:
Jill is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne, much respected and knowledgeable former Burnley Plant ID lecturer and Burnley graduate, plantaholic, and dog lover. Her passion is plant selection for urban landscapes. Her favourite colour is red. Or blue.

Pollination at The Calyx

Pollination is the new floral display at The Calyx opening on Friday, 15 September 2017 at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney. Curated by the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney’s horticultural team, the display will feature a collection of plants and flowers that showcase the role colour plays in natures magnificent act of pollination – the colour of love!

Large topiary Blue-banded Bees will be a highlight, along with the expansive and impressive “green” wall featuring a pollination themed display of words, plants and flowers. Elements will be grouped together by colour to reflect pollinator attraction, with the types of flowers on display changing throughout the ten-month display period as seasons and availability change.

A new program of events will include tours (day and night), creative workshops, science and educational events, and family fun with ‘Butterflies up Close’, a butterfly enclosure on The Calyx Island, where children can enter and be surrounded by butterflies and find out what their role is in pollination.

Entry to Pollination is free, with gold coin donations going to the Foundation and Friends of the Garden to support the Garden’s scientific, conservation and education works. Click here for further details.

Cultivate NSW talk by Phil Pettit

Come to Cultivate on Wednesday 13 September to hear Phil Pettit talk about his work in social housing estates: installing gardens with residents and running Master Gardener courses to teach them how to grow. Phil successfully brings together people who are often facing multiple physical and mental health problems and uses gardens to connect them and inspire them. Phil’s talk begins at 6pm, following the Cultivate AGM

Light refreshments provided, FREE event but bookings essential at TRY BOOKING

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.

 

Woolmers Estate Festival of Roses, Tasmania

Thousands of roses in full bloom plus numerous stalls including plant nurseries, jewellery, craft & local produce & wines. Woolmers Art Exhibition, Antique Fair, vintage cars, penny farthing display & special guests include Gardening Australia’s Jerry Coleby-Williams & Doug Hawkins in the Men’s Spot. $10 entry, U16 free.
Woolmers Estate, Longford, Tasmania

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

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

Robertson Open Gardens

Enjoy 7 private gardens open over the weekend of 7-8 October in Robertson in the scenic Southern Highlands of NSW, an easy 1:45 hour drive from Sydney. Set among rolling hills amidst the stunning country scenery, these beautiful gardens range from large country gardens to smaller town gardens and are guaranteed to inspire gardener visitors. Five of the gardens are large country gardens on the outskirts of Robertson, with three in the village. These gardens demonstrate all the beauty of gardening in the Southern Highlands.

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
Cranbourne
Costs: Members $20; Non-members $25; Students $10

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

 

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.

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)

 

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

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.

Location:
The Calyx, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Date:
05 Aug 2017
Time:
8:00 AM
Price:
Free entry
Contact:
Foundation.friends@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au