Rivendell Flower Show

The inaugural Rivendell Flower Show from the 23rd to the 24th of September 2017 will be the first event of its kind in the beautiful grounds of Thomas Walker Estate in Concord. Rivendell as it is fondly known, will be opened to the public showcasing the first large scale flower show for the Inner West Sydney community. Bringing together displays and show gardens from up and coming floral designers and gardening personalities, the Rivendell Flower Show will allow the public to view spectacular displays and evoke an elegant mix of floral artistry, styling and design amidst the beautiful architecture of the estate grounds. With the onset of the Spring season, the Rivendell Flower Show will be a celebration of our Australian lifestyle and great outdoors and will offer an extensive array of flower artistry and gardening presentations. Guests will have the opportunity to learn key floral arrangement techniques at the pop up classes and styling designs from TV gardening and lifestyle personalities. If you are a lover of flowers and garden displays, this is an event not to be missed! All funds raised for this year’s Rivendell Flower Show will go towards Concord Hospital’s Department of Geriatric Medicine for the […]

Bromeliad Australia’s Annual Spring Show

The Bromeliad Society of Australia’s Spring Show has joined Australian Flowers Week. The Spring Show is at a NEW LOCATION this year: Castle Hill Showground, 129 Showground Rd, Castle Hill on: Saturday 23rd September 2016 10am – 4pm Sunday 24th September 2016 10am – 3pm Showground Rd runs between Old Northern Rd, Castle Hill and Windsor Rd, Norwest Business Park Bromeliad Society of Australia PO Box 340 Ryde NSW 2112 www.bromeliad.org.au. Please tell them your email address if you’d like to receive future notifications – show@bromeliad.org.au Free Admission – Ample Parking.  

Wild about Waratahs Festival 2017

Wild about Waratahs Festival 2017 The Festival has been hosted for the past 20 years at the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens, Mount Tomah with the aim of presenting to the public the diversity of form and colour that is found in the Waratah. This year, the Festival is from Saturday 23rd  September to Monday 2nd October inclusive. The Festival has a number of components and the full program can be found at www.bluemountainsbotanicgarden.com.au. The Festival is sponsored by Protea Flora, WIN and East Coast Wildflowers and part of Australian Flowers Week (#ausflowersweek).

Australian Flower Festival a success!

Australian Flower Festival a success! The inaugural Australian Flower Festival formally kicked off Australian Flowers Week running for its second year from 16 to 24 September. The event, hosted by Flower Association, TAFE Queensland and Swann Agencies, brought together florists from around the country to hear presentations from leaders in the industry about running profitable retail businesses and also from social media and tech gurus on how to integrate technology into their business. Departing from more traditional industry conference formats, the organisers of the Flower Festival cultivated a fresh ‘music festival’ atmosphere to capture the fun of floristry whilst also providing essential information to help attendees manage and grow their businesses. “This event is the first of its kind and from the feedback we’ve received that it’s something the Australia floristry sector has been crying out for”, said organiser Shane Holborn, Executive Officer of the Flower Association. “It was a fantastic opportunity for florists to connect with each other, as well as with the growers and allied traders on whose products and services they depend on every day“. The event attracted nearly 250 industry members and featured Business and Tech ‘Stages’ which were only opne to registered industry members featuring […]

Student florists shine in national competition

WildFlowers Australia is pleased to announce the winners of its 2017 national student floristry competition. One hundred and nine entries were received from floristry colleges in Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. This competition is designed to develop skills and knowledge of the next generation of Australian florists of wildflower products. A different theme is set each year and students studying at certificate III level participate by designing and making an arrangement to suit this theme. The 2017 theme was a floral arrangement suitable as a table centrepiece for a special occasion or event. Entries are assessed on digital photos of the arrangement and accompanying design notes. Students can choose to enter one of two categories in the competition. For Category 1, wildflower and foliage products (species tracing their origins to either Australia or South Africa) must account for at least 75% of the total plant material used in the design, and for Category 2 designs can feature only Australian native flowers and foliage. To inspire their creativity, students could choose a theme or event with a personal meaning to them, and as a result there were many innovative designs for weddings, birthdays, book […]

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Friday 15 – Sunday 24 September 2017 The locals love it and visitors travel from all over the country to be part of it. Now in its 68th year the award-winning Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers continues to grow. Spectacular gardens, country touring, live music and local food & wine plus much more.

Find Australian Flowers with Australian Flower Finder

Australian Cut flower and foliage farmers are taking the initiative and educating consumers about the benefits and beauty of locally grown product and ways they can ensure they can identify and buy it. The Australian Flower Finder website is a searchable database of Australian flower growers with each entry providing details of products and their availability. The site can be searched based on region, product type and flower type. The cut flower and foliage industry recently made a request for it’s products to be included in the recent mandatory Country of Origin Labeling system being implemented for the food industry. The industry had argued that consumers of flowers deserved the same right to know the origin of their products as they were the same consumers of other fresh produce like fruit and vegetables. The industry’s request was denied by the Federal Government so they have taken the initiative to begin informing consumers themselves. Australian flower farmer and member of the Flower Association Mr Jason Nealon of Tropical Blooms says that the site allows consumers to find Australian grown products and also find out a little bit about the process that goes into producing it. “Australian grown flowers are a top quality […]

Australian Flower Festival 2017

The inaugural Australian Flower Festival is being held in Brisbane on Monday 18th September to coincide with Australian Flowers Week (16-24 September). The event is expected to attract 250+ professional florist attendees and we are also opening some areas (the floristry competition and demonstration areas) to the public as a promotional exercise for the industry. The event will not be a traditional conference but will have a fresh, new, young and fun ‘music festival’ format designed to attract and delight florists from around Australia. The event will run from 8:00am to 5:00pm with a schedule of speakers, demonstrations, trade displays and competitions during the day and finishing with a cocktail event at the After Party that evening (6:00-10:00pm). Southbank TAFE campus is providing the venue with indoor and outdoor spaces which can host different activities during the event making it ideal for this format. These areas will be referred to as ‘Stages’ and will include the Inspiration Stage; the Business Stage; the Tech Stage and the Competition Stage. The competitions will be running all day in a separate area of the festival and there will be trade display stands dotted indoors and outdoors throughout the event. There will be street […]

Australian Flower Finder website launched

New website bringing consumers back home Australian Cut flower and foliage farmers are taking the initiative and educating consumers about the benefits and beauty of locally grown product and ways they can ensure they can identify and buy it. The Australian Flower Finder website (www.australianflowerfinder.com.au) is a searchable database of Australian flower growers with each entry providing details of products and their availability. The site can be searched based on region, product type and flower type. The cut flower and foliage industry recently made a request for it’s products to be included in the recent mandatory Country of Origin Labelling system being implemented for the food industry. The industry had argued that consumers of flowers deserved the same right to know the origin of their products as they were the same consumers of other fresh produce like fruit and vegetables. The industry’s request was denied by the Federal Government so they have taken the initiative to begin informing consumers themselves. Australian flower farmer and President of the Flower Association Mr Lodi Pameijer says that the site allows consumers to find Australian grown products and also find out a little bit about the process that goes into producing it. “Australian grown […]

Sapphire Coast Orchid Club Spring Show (NSW) – Sept 22&23, 2016

Sapphire Coast Orchid Club Spring Show (NSW) – Sept 22 & 23, 2016 9:00am – 4:00pm Thursday & Friday Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre, Zingel Place, Bega

Tulip Time Festival Bowral (NSW) – Sept 17th-25th

Internationally awarded Tulip Time has been running annually for 56 years. Celebrated as one of Australia’s oldest and leading floral festivals; it spans across 2 weeks with something for everyone no matter if you’re 7 or 70, there’s always plenty of fun to be had by everyone. You’ll be able to enjoy the stunning tulips, stalls, music & entertainment, Street Parade, children’s activities and much much more! Corbett Gardens, Bendooley Street, Bowral

Tesselaar Tulip Festival (VIC) – Sept 8th – Oct 4th

The Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2016 dates are September 8th to October 4th. There is plenty of fun in store at the 63rd Tesselaar Tulip Festival. Visitors will be amazed by the beauty of almost a million Tulips across 25 acres of farmland, all set in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges of Victoria. Since 1954, the festival has striven to create a bigger and better festival each year, so everyone can enjoy their wonderful Tulips. In 2016 they have planted over 100 000 more Tulips than ever before, including over 120 varieties. Visit their website for full program details.

Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show & Spring Festival (WA) Sept 10-23, 2017

 Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show, Western Australia  – 10th – 23rd September 2017 Open 7 days 9am – 4pm Come and share the Spring beauty of the Ravensthorpe Range, the magnificent Hopetoun Coast and the Fitzgerald River and Frank Hann National Parks. Over the last 30 years the Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show has developed into one of the best shows in Western Australia. Possibly the largest number in the world of different species of named wildflowers are displayed, collected from one of the world’s richest biodiversity areas. The Ravensthorpe Herbarium, situated next door to the Wildflower Show, holds many hundred botanical specimens collected from within the Ravensthorpe Shire. Experts on the local flowers are on hand each day for identification queries. Devonshire Teas and warming soup are available each day, provided by local fund raising organisations. The comfortable surroundings of the 106 year old Ravensthorpe Community Centre will make a refreshing ‘tea break’ for the weary traveller. Admission $5.00 adults, Children free Venue: Ravensthorpe Town Hall, Ravensthorpe ~ Wheelchair access available Details of other events HERE

Chittering Wildflower Festival (WA) – September 15-17, 2017

Each year in Spring the Chittering Valley comes alive with wildflowers. The town of Bindoon celebrates the season with its annual Wildflower Festival. The town of Bindoon also has its gardens out in colour and the Bindoon Tale Trail for those wishing to take a stroll through the history of Bindoon and Chittering. Most Festival activities are within walking distance of the Hall, apart from the Quilts in Spring and Bindoon Museum which are both located in the historical Brockman Centre, 6 kilometres South of the town. Featuring: • Market Stalls • Art & Photography Exhibition & Sales • Quilts in Spring @ Bindoon Arts & Crafts • Bindoon Heritage Museum • Historical Vehicle Day • Bindoon Op Shop • Plantation Wildflowers • Woodturner – Tony Collins Plenty of food options are available and we recommended that you look at the map within the programme to note parking areas before you arrive. www.chittering.travel

Daffodil and Floral Extravaganza (VIC) – September 17-18, 2016

Waubra Horticultural Society is re-vamping its spring show to broaden its appeal and the diversity of entries it receives, particularly in a regional and statewide context. The show, to be held over the weekend of the 17-18th September will feature a focus on daffodils and floral art, with significant prize money for these sections. Society President Tony McDonald said, “this years show provides the opportunity to both focus on these two themes as well as to attract a much broader and bigger class of entry to the show.” “We hope to make the show a major feature of the calender for all the garden lovers from Bendigo, Ballarat, through to Colac as well as from Melbourne to Horsham”, Mr McDonald said. Both individual and team entries are welcome and there is a special emphasis in the event for young up and coming apprentices in the floral art space. “POWER BY NATURE”  17-18 September 2016  10am-4pm Saturday  10am-3pm Sunday  Open to:  All horticultural societies, garden clubs and floral art groups;  Individual members of floral art groups/societies and home gardeners;  Florist apprentices (year 1-3 students)  Total Prize Money $3000  The schedule is available at www.waubra.org.au or on Facebook (Waubra & District Horticultural Society www.facebook.com/events/133282513757925).

Springtime at Araluen Park (WA) – 20 August – 18 September

Delight your senses on an enchanting journey through 125,000 tulips and thousands of other vibrant Spring blooms at Araluen Botanic Park. 2016 features a magical journey through the Park highlighting the stunning bursts of colour from the 125,000 Tulips throughout the Park. While exploring the winding pathways prepare to be delighted by our internationally recognised Camellias adding to the massed plantings of colour. Our Magnolias will also be in full bloom with gorgeous colours and scents luring you through the Park.

Kings Park Festival (WA) – September 2017

Kings Park and Botanic Garden is excited to present the 2017 Kings Park Festival which is celebrating ‘Where the Wildflowers Are!’ 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. There’s no doubt Kings Park will be where the wildflowers are this September, with the largest presentation of WA’s blooming beauties from all across the state. Kings Park will transform into a rainbow of colour and movement and we want you to join us in the celebration. The 2017 Kings Park Festival is proudly presented by Kings Park and Botanic Garden and the Friends of Kings Park with the generous support of Lotterywest. Ephemeral Art Installation This year’s Festival will also focus on the relationships between plants and animals with an interesting and educational outdoor exhibition, ‘Wildflowers and Superpowers‘, which will lead visitors to a stunning ephemeral art-piece in the heart of the WA Botanic Garden. Other Festival Highlights Free and fascinating guided walks and talks led by Kings Park and Bold Park staff and volunteers will explore Kings Park, Bold Park and WA flora. Perth’s best native plant sale, thanks to the Friends of Kings Park. Djilba Big Day Out for school […]