Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th of February
Sydney Tomato Festival
In the Royal Botanic Gardens SydneyNow is the time to start preparing your entry for the competitions whether it be passata or chilli sauce, chutney or best homegrown tomato, the field is wide open so get ready and don’t miss out.
Heirloom Tomato Taste Test, Longest Tomato Lunch, mandala, Cooking & Learning Hub, children’s activities, live music and DJ will all be back to transform the foreshore lawns of the Garden into a fun and delicious harbourside food festival. The Cooking & Learning Hub will be full of interesting gardening talks and cooking demonstrations with tasty bush food, easy seasonal recipes, hot tips on growing and more.
For more information go here here.
Saturday 23rd February 10.30-4.30
Koonya Garlic Festival
On the Tasman Peninsula in Tasmania is Australia's oldest garlic festival. With a garlic competition, talks, masterclasses, gourmet food, craft gin, beer and beverages, music and children's activities there is much to learn and plenty to do.
For more information go here.
Saturday 16th of February 9am-4pm
Meeniyan Garlic Festival
Gippsland, Victoria. Garlic Heaven in the Garlic Drive including garlic from all over Victoria and garlic beer and garlic ice-cream. The Garlic Institute with well-known garlic experts talking about garlic, including Organic Gardener's own Penny Woodward. Fun for the kids with vegie sculpture competions, billy cart trials, sack races, vintage cars and tractors. Live cooking shows, musicians, regional wine and food.
For more info go here.
Saturday March 2, 9am- 4pm, and Sunday March 3, 9am-3pm
National Palm and Cycad Show
This show features an impressive display of a wide range of native and exotic palms and cycads. You can ask the experts, but there are also books, posters, magazines and memberships.Discover 40 or more varieties that can be grown in SE Qld, and consider different varieties of cycads with interesting fronds and cones. Brisbane Botanic Gardens Auditorium, Mount Coot-ha; cost is $3 per adult, $2 concession. Free parking. For more information go here.
Sunday, March 3
Clean Up Australia Day
In 1989 an 'average Australian bloke' had a simple idea to make a difference in his own backyard - Sydney Harbour. This simple idea has now become the nation's largest community-based environmental event, Clean Up Australia Day. To find out more about how to get involved as a community group, business or school, visit Clean Up Australia Day.
Saturday March 30, 8.30pm
Earth Hour 2019
Switch off your lights for Earth Hour and join the hundreds of millions of people around the world in more than 7000 cities in over 180 countries who take part in this amazing global conservation movement. But it doesn’t have to end there! Earth Hour is more than just a symbolic lights-out event. Whether you’re an individual, a school, business, community or just looking to hang out with some mates, there are lots of ways you can get in on the action. For more information visit Earth Hour.
Friday April 5 to Sunday April 14
Orange 2019 F.O.O.D Week
This 10-day community festival celebrates the Orange region’s diverse and high quality food and wine. It showcases the farmers who grow it, as well as the local chefs, cooks, restaurateurs and caterers that create extraordinary dishes with it.
For more information:orangefoodweek.com.au
Saturday April 13 to Sunday April 28, 9am-4.30pm
Mayfield Autumn Festival
During the 16-day Autumn Festival, the Hawkins Family Garden is open to visitors so this is your opportunity to explore the entire 65 hectares of Mayfield. Get lost in the traditional English inspired Maze, see the Croquet Court, the Hawkins’ Family Chapel, the Chook Hilton, the 80 metre Cascade & Temple and much more.
Mayfield Garden, 530 Mayfield Road, Oberon.
For more information: mayfieldgarden.com.au/whatson/autumn-festival
Saturday April 20 to Sunday April 12
Wondai Garden Expo
Southern inland Queensland is unique because gardens here can grow plants from most climatic regions, and the nurseries that attend Wondai Garden Expo display this diversity beautifully. Stalls selling allied gardening products, attractive home decorator items, gift lines and health products add colour and interest for the keen shopper.
Wondai Sportsground & Lions Pavilion, Bunya Highway, Wondai.
For more information: wondaigardenexpo.com
Sunday April 7, 10am-4pm
South Australian Autumn Garden Festival
Visit over 60 exhibitors, all nestled under magnificent eucalyptus trees at the northern end of the Clare Showgrounds. There will be guest speakers, including Angus Stewart and Tino Carnevale, as we all as well as the chance to stock up on the latest plants and accessories. Entry $10 adults, $8 concession, children under 12 (with an adult) free.
Clare Showgrounds, Main North Road, Clare.
For more information: saautumngardenfestival.com.au
Saturday April 27, 9am-2pm
Fern Society of South Australia Annual Sale
Locally grown ferns, including some not available in garden centres, plus advice from members.
Adelaide High School, West Terrace, Adelaide.
For more information: fernsocietyofsouthaustralia.org
Sunday April 6 to Sunday April 28, 10am-5pm
Tesselaar KaBloom, Festival of Flowers
Visit the Tesselaar Flower Fields in the Dandenong Ranges this autumn where you can stroll among the spectacular flowers, delight in circus performances, sample some yummy treats, enjoy some shopping at the market stalls and so much more.
Tesselaar Flower Farm, 357 Monbulk Road, Silvan.
For more information: kabloom.com.au/
Sunday April 7
Family Fun Day
Enjoy a walk around the garden and productive garden plots and then be inspired by celebrity gardener, Sophie Thomson and Peg Davies from Earthwise Community. You can also learn about the Boorna Waanginy Seeds of Change program, while enjoying refreshments and a sausage sizzle or picnic under the trees.
Earthwise Community, Bagot Rd, Subiaco.
For more information: opengardenwestcoast.org
Thursday April 11 to Sunday April 14
Perth Garden Festival
Take part in Perth's largest gardening competition by putting together a hanging basket filled with greenery or head to the plant market where specialised growers will have their new releases and garden favourites on show. There's sure to be everything your garden needs in one convenient location.
McCallum Park, Victoria Park.
For more information: perthgardenfestival.com
Sunday 5th May
Leura Harvest Festival
Dedicated to showcasing the outstanding produce, fine fare and innovative sustainability initiatives taking place across the Blue Mountains and wider region, this community based event is aimed at all ages. The Festival features a mix of market stalls set along the cherry trees on Leura Mall in their autumn colours. Highlights include handcrafted products from local artisans, delicious local fare, regional wine, cider and beverage tastings, the popular Pet Chook Show, the Birches of Leura Scarecrow Competition, Jam Making Competition, and the ultimate Chocolate Cake Competition, held by Josophan's Fine Chocolates.
Leura, upper Blue Mountains, NSW.
For more information: Leura Harvest Festival
Friday 17th May to Sunday 19th May, from 9am
Orchids Out West
A variety of orchids on display and for sale -- learn how to take care of them and see the spectacular results. You'll learn from the experts. Adults: $5; Bus Loads: $4; children under 15 yrs: free
Hawkesbury Race Club, 1 Racecourse Rd, Clarendon.
For more information: Orchid Society of NSW
Sunday 19th May
Hampton Festival is known for its celebration of fresh regional produce and reputation as an artistic enclave. The Festival’s program will feature live music, a fresh produce market, art exhibition and over 70 market stalls, food and wine exhibitors. This year’s event will also showcase Growers On The Green, a precinct within the Festival dedicated to showcasing local growers’ produce where locals can meet and interact with regional farmers.
Chapman Park, just 32km north of Toowoomba.
For more information: hamptonfestival.com
Sunday 26th May 9am to 3pm
Herb Awareness Fair
Visit the Queensland Herb Society's annual fair where you'll find sales of medicinal and culinary herb plants, stalls with herbal products: preserves, coffee, teas, spices, skincare, bush foods and more. Herb inspired food and berages to eat at Cafe Sage. Tussie mussies. Demonstrations and speaker, talks and workshops, all free.
Albion Peace Hall, 102 McDonal Road, Windsor.
For more information: Queensland Herb Society
Saturday & Sunday 4th (1pm-5pm) & 5th May (10am-3pm)
Chrysanthemum & Floral Art Show
Discover the wonders of chrysanthemums with many different varieties on show. See them on display in floral arrangements with bloomes of many shapes, sizes and colours. Entry $3.
Goodwood Community Centre,32-34 Rosa St, Goodwood.
Tuesday 7th May to Sunday 12th May, 10am–4pm
Botanical Bag Exhibition 2019
Featuring works by artists from all around Australia, this exhibition displays more than 200 bags of diﬀerent shapes, sizes, forms and textiles, brought together through their botanical themes. Free.
Visitor Centre's Gallery, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne.
For more information: Botanical Bags Exhibition
Sunday 4th May to Sunday 5th May
Off-grid Living Festival 2019
This grassroots event showcases a diverse array of sustainable, off-grid living ideas, from the past (homesteading & traditional crafts), to present (alternative farming and home building) and into the future (sustainable energy & technology). The day offers a unique opportunity for attendees to meet people with vast experience from a variety of off-grid living areas – from the latest sustainable technology gurus, to the low impact traditional craftspeople. Entry $15.
Centennial Park, McGregor Street, Eldorado.
For more information: Off-grid Living Festival
Saturday 4th May (1pm-5pm) to Sunday 5th May (9am–4.30pm)
Gosnells Horticultural Society’s Autumn Show
An opportunity to learn from the experts and see what they have done. Entry $3.
Addie Mills Community Centre, 2 Astley Street, Gosnells.
For more information: Gosnells Horticultural Society
Saturday 11th May (1pm–5pm) to Sunday 12th May (9am–4pm)
WA Rose Society Autumn Show
There will be many colourful roses on display with roses for sale, raffle, potted colour, jams, cakes and delicious morning teas. Entry $5.
South Perth Community Centre, cnr Sandgate Street and South Terrace, South Perth.
For more information: WA Rose Society
Saturday 1st June (8.30am-4pm) to Sunday 2nd June (8.30am-3pm)
Brisbane Plant Collectors Fair
A unique gardening event with a strong focus on rare, unusual and difficult to find plants from around the world, sold by local and interstate growers. Talks from the experts, including Angus Stewart. Entry $7.
Rocklea Showgrounds, cnr Ipswich Road and Goburra Street, Rocklea.
For more information: Brisbane Plant Collectors Fair
Tuesday 18th June
Orchid Conservation Symposium
Seventeen per cent of all of Australia’s nationally threatened flora are orchids, with the majority of these species found in south eastern Australia. The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Orchid Conservation Symposium will bring together community groups, practitioners and scientists in a workshop to engage and educate the community on current conservation research in the field and to increase collaboration between the community, practitioners and scientists. Tickets $180.
Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, Melbourne.
For more information: Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria