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Gardening is a wonderful pastime for many people, young and old. It’s fun, fulfilling, great for getting out in the fresh air and sunshine and good for the soul.

We’ve compiled an array of gardening information and links to help you get more out of your garden and the hobby of gardening. If you know of a club or organisation related to gardening then please let us know so we can share it here, or maybe you have a fantastic gardening tip you’d like to share with us!

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Making Money From Plants
Propagation/Sharing
Natural Pest Control
Natural Gardening

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Recycling In The Garden
Gifts From The Garden
Companion Planting
Permaculture

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Fruits and Vegetables
Insider Secrets
Attracting Good Pests
Tools Of The Trade

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Gardening links

ABC’s Gardening Australia
Alexandra & Districts Open Gardens (VIC)
Australia’s Floral Emblems
Australia Iris Society Inc
Australian Institute of Horticulture
Australian National Botanic Gardens
Australia’s Open Garden Scheme
Biodynamic Agriculture Australia
The Diggers Club
Directory of Australian Botanic Gardens
Easy Care Gardening
Flora Tours
Friends of Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
Garden Web Australia Directory

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Gardening links

Garden Clinic
Leura Gardens Festival
National Aboretum Canberra
National Landcare Directory
Native Growth Holdings (Free Guide)
New Zealand Gardens to Visit
New Zealand Gardens “Trust” 
Plant Lovers Fair Plant This (Plant Selector & more)
Queensland Council of Garden Clubs
Royal Botanic Gardens Trust
RHS of NSW
The Australian Botanic Garden
The Australian Plant Bank
The Yates Garden Club

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African Violet Association of Australia Inc
Association of Australian Bonsai Clubs Ltd
Australasian Carniverous Plant Society Inc
Australian City Farms & Community Garden Network
Australian Daylily Society Inc
Australian Native Orchid Society Inc
Botanical Gardens of Australia & New Zealand Inc
Bromeliad Society of Australia Inc
Camellias Australia Inc
Frangipani Society of Australia Inc
Garden Plant Conservation Association of Australia Inc
Heritage Roses of Australia Inc
International Cordyline Society Inc
National Rose Society of Australia Inc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (VIC), 25 – 29 March
The renowned Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show is celebration of Australian lifestyle and the great outdoors, featuring the best landscape and floral talent that Australia has to offer alongside an extensive array of garden retail products.
www.melbflowershow.com.au

Kings Park Festival (WA), September TBC
The Kings Park Festival is a celebration in the Perth CBD of the spectacular wildflowers that appear throughout Western Australia every spring. Program highlights include free concerts, the Fantastic Faraway Festival for children, exhibits and displays, a ‘Swing into Spring’ dance party along with guided walks and talks.
www.bgpa.wa.gov.au

Australian Garden Show Sydney (NSW), September TBC
The Australian Garden Show Sydney combines gardens, design, sustainable-living and culinary delights to celebrate Australia’s love of outdoor spaces. The show offers a huge program of events to satisfy all gardening lovers, from beginners to experts and features the best local and international garden designers, speakers and retail products. It provides a platform to launch the stunning series of floral and garden events taking place throughout regional NSW from spring onwards.
www.australiangardenshowsydney.com.au

Floriade (ACT), September TBC
The nation’s capital bursts into colour during Floriade, a massive spring festival held with more than one million flowers in bloom, creating a vibrant display. Aussie inventions, celebrities, landscapes, sporting culture and history are all represented in an incredible display. The ticketed event, NightFest, provides a unique way to see the blooms at night with an illuminated wonderland of dazzling light and sound displays, entertainment including comedians and DJs as well as night markets.
www.floriadeaustralia.com

Bowral Tulip Time – A 2 week festival during which some of Australia’s best & most beautiful gardens are open to the public with special talks and tours. 2015 dates: 15th to 27th September – Tulip Time is supporting the McGrath Foundation for national breast care and awareness.

Festival of Country Gardens – Approximately 25 country gardens in the central southwest region of Western Australia open to the public in early November – Balingup, Bridgetown, Greenbushes, Manjimup and Nannup.

Leura Gardens Festival – A 9 day festival that takes place in Leura in early October. Proceeds of the Leura Gardens Festival go to the Blue Mountains Hospital.

Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show – With over 500 exhibitors, this is the biggest annual horticultural event in the Southern Hemisphere. It takes place at the end of March/early April. You will find garden designs, floral designs, nurseries and garden product retailers.

Jacaranda Festival
This festival is held yearly in Grafton, Northern Rivers New South Wales, from the last weekend in October to the first weekend in November.
Inaugurated in 1934, this was the first of Australia’s folk festivals and is based upon the magnificent spectacle of the hundreds of lilac-blossomed trees which grow in Grafton’s broad tree lined avenues.

Less than an hours drive from Melbourne, is the heavenly Tesselaar Tulip Festival started in 1954 with a dream of creating an amazing floral festival. Set on a working farm there is an unbelievable display of over half a million Tulips made up of more than a hundred different dreamy varieties.There is also live entertainment daily, market stalls, a fantastical sculpture competition, theme and charity days.

Victoria’s Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne hosts an annual Wildflower Festival which usually runs from mid-Sept to early Oct whilst The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra, holds a Spring Open Day. The latter is the biggest event on the Royal Botanic Gardens’ calendar and a once-a-year opportunity to wander behind the scenes at the Gardens. Last year’s event drew 10,000 visitors for a day of free family fun. Don’t miss out this year – pack a picnic, bring the family and celebrate spring at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

South Australia

The Willunga Almond Blossom Festival celebrates the beginning of the almond growing season in Enjoy street parades, tastings and sales of various almond products. It is usually held on the last weekend in July.

If you’re a rose or garden lover you will thoroughly enjoy a visit to Renmark in October for their annual 10 day long  Renmark Rose Festival. The festival started in 1995 and has continued each year in Spring when the roses and gardens of Renmark are at their best.

Queensland

As a farming and garden community, the inland Queensland city of Toowoomba celebrates its Carnival of Flowers in September, a festival that now takes place over 10 days bookended by two weekends.

Caloundra on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. the annual Ginger Flower Festival is attended by thousands paying homage to the spectacular array of ginger flowers showcased at the four-day event which takes place each January.

Tasmania

The Spring Tulip Festival hits Hobart’s Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens for a weekend in October. It’s a celebration both of spring and Tasmania’s cultural diversity. Amongst the colourful crowds of tulips, you’ll find a multicultural carnival of food, dance and music.

You’ll find more tulip celebrations in Wynyard, to Launceston’s north-west. Held in late September to early October, the Bloomin’ Tulips festival is three weeks of flower-themed fun.

 

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