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3rd Noosa Botanic Gar­dens Plant Fair

9am–3pm. 312 Lake Mac­don­ald Dr, Lake Mac­don­ald. 0412 053 281. Free. Hear speak­ers, in­clud­ing hor­ti­cul­tur­ist Paul Plant, on the banks of Lake Mac­don­ald. Learn about plants for bees and but­ter­flies, sub­trop­i­cal flow­ers and fo­liage, rare plants and more. Pro­ceeds go to projects in the Gar­dens.

3rd Botan­i­cal Bazaar Gold Coast Gar­den Expo

9am–5pm. Coun­try Par­adise Park­lands, Beaudesert Nerang Rd, Nerang. $15. 0406 007 583. Me­an­der through com­mu­nity gar­dens to learn about aquapon­ics and hy­dro­pon­ics, ur­ban or­gan­ics and sus­tain­able liv­ing. Pre­sen­ters in­clude Costa Ge­or­giadis and Phil Dud­man, and botan­i­cal artist Julia-Rose. Dis­plays of back­yard crit­ters, plants and home­wares.

16th The World of Herbs with Noel Bur­dette

10–11.45. Lo­gan Hyper­dome Li­brary, 66 Man­dew St, Loganholme. (07) 3412 4120. Free. Learn about the amaz­ing world of herbs, in­clud­ing their health ben­e­fits, use in cook­ing and or­ganic gar­den­ing practices. Book­ing es­sen­tial.

16th–17th Wild­flower Show & Plants Mar­ket

9am–3pm Au­di­to­rium, Bris­bane Botanic Gar­dens Mt Coot-tha, Mt Coot-tha Rd, Toowong. 0417 538 383. $3. En­joy Na­tive Plants Queens­land’s show­case of na­tive flora il­lus­trat­ing ‘Where the wild things are’. Spe­cial­ist groups ex­hibit ferns, gre­vil­leas and more, and view na­tive frogs, bats, birds and but­ter­flies. Ex­perts can iden­tify your plants, and lots of rare and pop­u­lar plants are for sale. Re­fresh­ments avail­able.

22nd–24th Tam­borine Spring­time on the Moun­tain

9am–4pm. Botanic Gar­dens, For­sythia Dr, Ea­gle Heights. 0458 102 344. $5/$20. Pick up a map at the Botanic Gar­dens or any of the seven di­verse open gar­dens and fol­low the trail. Stop at Mag­pie Gar­den cafe or pic­nic on Sym­phony Hill.

23rd–24th Wondai Spring Gar­den Expo

Sat 8am–4.30pm, Sun 8am–1pm. Wondai Sports­ground, Bunya Hwy, Wondai. (07) 4168 9297. $5. Stroll around the hor­ti­cul­ture and pho­tog­ra­phy dis­plays, browse gar­den and home­wares stalls, and lis­ten to ex­pert Paul Plant’s talks.

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