Calendar 2017-02-10T11:39:25+00:00
Apr
1
Sat
Autumn Planting – What to Grow Now Workshop @ Palmwoods Community Garden
Apr 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Autumn Planting - What to Grow Now Workshop @ Palmwoods Community Garden

Not sure what to plant in Autumn? Want to discover how to get your garden thriving? I’ll be facilitating a fun, hands-on WORKshop at ‘Soil & Soul’ Palmwoods Community Garden, my home suburb.

You’ll learn how to:

  • prepare your garden for planting;
  • do a plant health check and identify/address seasonal problems;
  • succession plant for a continuous harvest;
  • work with our local climate and weather to grow a food garden;
  • quickly and easily sow seeds in just minutes;
  • grow healthy ‘fast food’ you can be eating in just weeks;
  • how to plant and care for seasonal seedlings.

There will be a tour of the Palmwoods Community Garden and planting into the raised beds. You’ll discover seasonal tips to prepare your soil for planting and the best crops to grow during our short autumn.

Please BYO gloves and suitable clothing for gardening activities, including enclosed shoes and hat. You may also want to take notes. We’ll be planting seasonal seedlings so you’ll learn what to grow at this time of year. Enjoy taste testing a variety of delicious microgreens and take home your own seeds to raise.

This workshop is a great opportunity to have your questions answered, network with like-minded locals and enjoy a shared meal afterwards. Please BYO a plate to share.

Seasonal gardening and potting mix guides will be available on the day for purchase. I hope you’ll join us.

Please RSVP to Kay Nixon kaynxn43@gmail.com to book your place.

This event is sponsored by Sunshine Coast Council’s Living Smart Program.

Apr
5
Wed
‘Going Potty Planting Activities’ Children’s Workshop @ Yandina Community Gardens
Apr 5 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
'Going Potty Planting Activities’ Children's Workshop @ Yandina Community Gardens

Want to keep your kids occupied during the school holidays? Join me for a fun-filled morning of hands-on potting and planting activities suited to pre-schoolers and primary aged children. We will be:

  • Repurposing containers to make pots and decorating them;
  • Potting up baby plants and sowing seeds to take home and grow;
  • Making plant labels + getting crafty and creative together.

BYO: a clean plastic container e.g. yoghurt tub, plastic drink or milk bottle or plastic punnet. We’ll show you how to reuse these for sustainable planting activities on the day!

Activities suitable for children aged 2-12. A parent/carer needs to accompany younger children, as they will need help with the planting and craft activities.

Please RSVP. Bookings essential as places are limited. 

Cost: $5/child.

Please bookmark this page. Visit again soon for more details closer to the date.

 

Apr
12
Wed
‘Going Potty Planting Activities’ Children’s Workshop @ Yandina Community Gardens
Apr 12 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
'Going Potty Planting Activities’ Children's Workshop @ Yandina Community Gardens

Want to keep your kids occupied during the school holidays? Join me for a fun-filled morning of hands-on potting and planting activities suited to pre-schoolers and primary aged children. We will be:

  • Repurposing containers to make pots and decorating them;
  • Potting up baby plants and sowing seeds to take home and grow;
  • Making plant labels + getting crafty and creative together.

BYO: a clean plastic container e.g. yoghurt tub, plastic drink or milk bottle or plastic punnet. We’ll show you how to reuse these for sustainable planting activities on the day!

Activities suitable for children aged 2-12. A parent/carer needs to accompany younger children, as they will need help with the planting and craft activities

Please RSVP. Bookings essential as places are limited. 

Cost: $5/child.

Please bookmark this page. Visit again soon for more details closer to the date.

Apr
22
Sat
Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste Workshop @ Yandina Community Gardens
Apr 22 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste Workshop @ Yandina Community Gardens

In this workshop, I’ll be sharing lots of practical tips and creative ways to save money and reduce your kitchen waste to live more sustainably including:

  • Foods to regrow from kitchen scraps so you can grow plants for free;
  • Using 100% of your food (e.g. pumpkins – how to use skin, seeds, leaves and flesh);
  • What to do with sprouting potatoes and UFO’s (Unidentified Food Objects!) in the fridge and pantry;
  • Smart shopping habits and menu planning;
  • Ways to create a waste-free kitchen and close the loop on cycling nutrients from the kitchen to garden;
  • Tips for using and storing food in the kitchen and pantry;
  • Packaging-free food and how to upcycle packaging;
  • Easy, quick recipes including ‘Clean out the Fridge Soup’; plus
  • How to recycle nutrients like leftovers, peels and eggshells.

There’s SO much more you can do with kitchen ‘waste’ than just composting! You’ll wish you’d known sooner.

BYO a food you don’t know how to use or packaging you throw out. In a fun group activity, we’ll brainstorm useful ways to reduce food waste together!

Cost: $5 Non-Members; Gold coin for Members; Free to Regular Volunteers

Jun
4
Sun
World Environment Day Festival, Cotton Tree @ Maroochydore Rotary Park
Jun 4 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
World Environment Day Festival, Cotton Tree @ Maroochydore Rotary Park

Join me for fun, free family planting activities along with a host of environmentally friendly things to do on the program all day. This annual event is packed with music, hands on activities, great local food and much more – all beach side!

Please bookmark this page. Visit again soon for more details closer to the date.

Jun
10
Sat
Gardening on the Edge @ Maleny Showgrounds
Jun 10 @ 9:00 am – Jun 11 @ 4:00 pm
Gardening on the Edge @ Maleny Showgrounds

The Maleny Garden Club Inc. presents Gardening On The Edge 2017 on Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th June 2017 at the Maleny Showgrounds from 9 am – 4 pm. Six country gardens open to the public – each quite different and unique. Come and spend a soothing day on the range and be inspired by delightful gardens. Experience the unique country charm of Maleny’s Maple Street shops and cafes.  Also visit the Maleny Markets (Sunday  only) at the RSL, Bunya Street, Maleny.

Gardening on the Edge is a Garden Trail and Garden Market providing an opportunity for locals and visitors to the area to see a number of beautiful gardens at the one time and to attend the Garden Market at the Maleny Showgrounds (13 Maleny-Stanley River Road, Maleny).  Something for the serious gardener and those just interested in the beauty of nature.

Tickets are available at Maleny Showgrounds (and at the gardens).

Garden Market (free entry): Come and browse Plant Stalls (talk to the Experts), see the Camellia flower display, enjoy teas and lunches  plus the Garden Club’s produce stall. I’ll be having a stall both days with gardening guides available and I’d love to answer your gardening questions.

The 2017 event will be a garden trail of country gardens open to the public and a garden market with specialist plant and produce stalls, camellia flower display, homemade refreshments and daily raffle prizes at Maleny Showgrounds.

Please bookmark this page. Visit again soon for more details closer to the date.

Jun
14
Wed
Winter Garden School – Leafmore Garden Society @ City Golf Club - President's Room, Toowoomba
Jun 14 @ 8:00 am – Jun 15 @ 3:45 pm

This is the Leafmore Garden Society’s ninth biennial Winter Garden School. Held in the President’s Room at The City Golf Club, the 2 day Garden School features seven high profile speakers and a dinner on the Wednesday night. Choose whether you attend both days, one day only or the dinner only. The day is filled with speakers, provided lunch and morning tea, indoor stalls and multi draw raffles.

Participants come from SE and Western QLD, Northern NSW and some from interstate to catch up with old friends, meet new friends, exchange ideas and views and to hear well known and respected presenters. It is often their break from the problems of life.

Come along and join us for an entertaining and packed agenda of talks, networking and prizes. I’ll be sharing practical how-to tips in my talk and will have a range of gardening guides available for purchase over the two days.

Leafmore Winter Garden School 2017 Program

Speakers and Topics:

Wednesday, 14 June

  • Barbara Wickes – ‘Salvias’
  • Anne Gibson, The Micro Gardener – ‘Nutrient Dense Food Gardens in Small Spaces’
  • Brian Sams – ‘Propagation’
  • Debby Birach-Mayer – ‘Floral Art’

Thursday, 15 June

  • Sophie Thomson – ‘Saving the World with Gardening’
  • Leo O’Reilly – ‘Native Fish & Aquatic Plants’
  • Tim Rival – ‘Topiary’
  • Brian Sams – ‘Fertilisers’
  • Sophie Thomson – ‘More Trees Please’

The Garden School fulfils the Leafmore Garden Society’s aims to further a knowledge of horticulture and foster a love of gardening, as well as enabling the Society to raise money to donate to various charities. This year, Leafmore Garden Society have chosen Kidney Support Network and Understand Alzheimer’s Educate Australia.

Cost to Attend:

2 Day Seminar and Dinner – $189 (Early bird $184 if paid by Friday 5 May)

2 Day Seminar only – $154 (Early bird $149 if paid by Friday 5 May)

1 Day Only – $90

Dinner Only with Guest Speaker Sophie Thomson – $40

Download Guest Speakers Brochure

Download Winter Garden School Program

Download Registration Form

Jul
7
Fri
QLD Garden Expo, Nambour @ Nambour Showgrounds
Jul 7 @ 8:00 am – Jul 9 @ 4:00 pm
QLD Garden Expo, Nambour @ Nambour Showgrounds

If you need some gardening advice, information or ideas then the Queensland Garden Expo is the place to go. This event is a ‘must see’ for green thumbs and novice gardeners alike. There is a full program of free lectures and demonstrations on eight “live” stages every day covering a vast array of gardening topics.

This three day expo is Queensland’s premier gardening event attracting 35,000 + visitors from all over Australia and New Zealand. Some of Australia’s leading Gardening experts take part in three days of lectures, demonstrations and workshops.

See plants, plants and more plants with over 55 nurseries represented and over 360 exhibitors.

This is the seventh year I’ve been involved and I’m looking forward to speaking in the Giant Kitchen Garden again this year. On Saturday, I’ll be speaking on “How to Grow Healthy Crops in Pots” and on Sunday, “Seasonal Gardening: What to Plant and When“, a very popular topic!

The ‘Giant Kitchen Garden’ features a totally organic food court with a fully planted sustainable garden constructed onsite. Get free help with gardening problems and plant identification from the onsite Plant Clinic.

 

Visit the QLD Garden Expo website for full details and a speaker program closer to the date.