Calendar What’s on in December
Your guide to garden shows and events around the country this month
29TH Nov–16TH Dec Return Art Show Thur–Sun 11am–5pm (Thur 29th 6–9pm). Tinning Street Presents, Lot 5, 29 Tinning St, Brunswick. 0468 419 732. Free. Art exhibition of painting and installation work by Felicity Gordon responding to nature’s seasonal adaptations in a warming climate.
8TH Green at Kathleen: Seed and Plant Swap
10–11am. Kathleen Syme Library, 251 Faraday St, Carlton. (03) 9658 7300. Free. Trade your seeds, plants, worm tea, worms and compost with other food gardeners, and swap tips with fellow green thumbs over a cuppa.
7TH–8TH Niche Christmas Market
Fri 2–7pm, Sat 8am–3pm. Albert Hall, 47 Tamar St, Launceston. (03) 6345 7333. Free. European-style market with artisan goods by Tasmanian designers and artists.
Saturdays throughout December
Koalas in the Canopy
2.45–3.15pm. Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Paddys River. Meet at the Koala Enclosure in the Eucalypt Forest. (02) 6205 1233. Price included in entry fee. Talk on koalas and a self-guided walk through the forest to look for them. tidbinbilla.act.gov.au
NEW SOUTH WALES
Until Aug 2019 Plants with Bite
10am–4pm. The Calyx, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney. (02) 9231 8111. Free. Carnivorous botanical display featuring more than 25,000 plants. Regular ticketed children’s workshops. rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au
30TH Nov– 2ND Dec National Cherry Festival
Various times and venues in Young. (02) 6382 3394. Free. Cherry picking, street parade, music, markets, cherry pie eating competitions. nationalcherryfestival.com.au
6TH Drawing from Nature in the Calyx
10am–1pm. The Calyx, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney. (02) 9231 8182. $85. Must book at rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au. Three-hour drawing class inspired by nature with artist Charlotte Thodey. Suitable for beginners.
8TH, 22ND Ebenezer Night Markets
5.30–10.30pm. Cnr Ebenezer Place and Rundle St, Adelaide. 0439 184 020. Free. Stalls selling plants, artwork, crafts, fashion and jewellery. Music and wide selection of food.
16TH Civic Park Carols
4–10pm (carols start 7.30pm). 995 North East Rd, Modbury. (08) 8397 7444. Free. Entertainment, food trucks, children’s activities including jumping castle and face painting, Santa appearance, and a fireworks display to end the night.
7TH–19TH The Enchanted Garden
6.30–10pm (last entry 9.45pm). Roma Street Parkland, 1 Parkland Blvd, Brisbane. (07) 3156 6366. Free. Walkway flanked by trees and dense plantings with fairy lights, and hidden fairies. Path leads to music and food beside a lake.
8TH Broadbeach Christmas Carols
3–8pm (carols start 6pm). Kurrawa Park, Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach. (07) 5656 0100. Free. Live entertainment, children’s activities from 3pm including a jumping castle.