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Garden Visits

Follow the calendar link below to check out where the group is visiting throughout the year or to choose a date for your own GV:



We're always looking for new gardens to visit. Don't be shy, it's easy and no one expects "perfection" (whatever that is) they just want somewhere to meet up and chat!

Please take a few moments to follow the link above and read the simple instructions in full.

Then contact Dianne with the information needed so I organise an Event Listing for your visit.


It's amazing what we can learn by visiting other peoples gardens. I know I pick up at least one good idea or plant each time.

You might be surprised at how keen other members are to visit your garden and see what you are growing, how your chooks / quails are kept, share their own excess produce, cuttings, seed and generally just have a good old chat with other like minded people.

Be brave!

The visits are informal and free. Choose to come to as many or few as you wish.

Dianne's mobile number 0407 691 485 for emergencies.


Anyone is welcome to post and organise their own Events of any kind - in fact it is encouraged.

If you choose to do this please put your own name down as organiser, not mine. It can be very confusing for everyone if my name is on it and I know nothing about the Event.

Responsibility for running the event is up to the organiser.

Thank you


Location: members gardens
Members: 110
Latest Activity: May 21

Discussion Forum

GayleD's Garden Visit 20th January 2019

Started by Dianne Caswell. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Jan 25. 14 Replies

Susan's Garden Visit 9-12-2018

Started by Dianne Caswell. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Dec 12, 2018. 10 Replies

Andy's Garden Visit

Started by Dianne Caswell. Last reply by Valerie Nov 22, 2018. 10 Replies

Butterfly House, Bribie Island 7/11/18

Started by Dianne Caswell. Last reply by Christa Nov 9, 2018. 3 Replies

Dianne's Garden 21/10/18

Started by Susan. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Oct 26, 2018. 13 Replies

Dave's Garden Visit 30th September 2018

Started by Elaine de Saxe. Last reply by Susan Oct 4, 2018. 12 Replies

Cathie's Garden Visit 14-07-2118

Started by Dianne Caswell. Last reply by Che Corrie Jul 16, 2018. 7 Replies


Started by Dianne Caswell. Last reply by Dianne Caswell May 31, 2018. 4 Replies

Valerie's Garden Visit 29 April 2018

Started by Andrew Cumberland. Last reply by Dianne Caswell May 1, 2018. 11 Replies

10.11 .2017 Col and Mary-Ann GV and Xmas lunch

Started by Mary-Ann Baker. Last reply by CHERYL SLAPP Dec 23, 2017. 12 Replies


Started by Dianne Caswell. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Oct 24, 2017. 42 Replies


Started by Lissa. Last reply by DARREN JAMES Oct 2, 2017. 9 Replies

Gayle's GV August 2017

Started by Andrew Cumberland. Last reply by Cathie MacLean Aug 22, 2017. 24 Replies

23.07.17 CATHIE'S GV

Started by Dianne Caswell. Last reply by Valerie Jul 29, 2017. 9 Replies

25.06.17 Jeffrey Hodges garden, Flaxton

Started by Lissa. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Jul 4, 2017. 2 Replies

11.6.2017 Sophie's Garden Visit

Started by Susan. Last reply by Cathie MacLean Jun 25, 2017. 21 Replies

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Comment by Roger Clark on November 21, 2016 at 17:07

Yes, I agree. I used to be an active member of Logan Food Gardeners, but gave up contributing because there was little if any feedback on any topic that came up. I would start off a topic and maybe have 1 or 2 short comments back. This website always has someone (usually a lot more)who will answer and expand the conversation and therefore knowledge / interest of the topic. There are also lots of people who will begin a topic. I travel a lot further to a garden visit with BLF but the interaction is worth the journey.

Comment by Susan Cook on November 21, 2016 at 16:27

I love this group too - even though I may go for weeks without logging in.  Working in retail - therefore weekends, makes it difficult to get to GV's but I love reading the reports about them.  The weather is so dry I am using all my spare time just keeping things alive! 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on November 20, 2016 at 12:06

I have a sense of how you feel Dianne ... until my partner Elaine found BLF, I was about to give up on gardens. Sloping block, trees, drought ... The support and information from BLF was a sanity saver. She found information on wicking beds too so as much as I am indebted to BLF, Elaine's contribution to our gardening journey was just as important.

Because BLF is not a competitive organisation nor is anyone making a living from it, the absence of little money-making empires is a real bonus. Coming from the dog and horse world where members are competing for stud services, sales, show winnings and where some will do anything for an advantage, BLF is relaxed and endlessly supportive.

As indeed I found BOGG (as it then was) to be a friendly helpful club with members contributing as and when they felt able. Cannot comment on BOGI now although we are financial, we don't get to meetings to know if much has changed.

The non-competitive gardening world and especially the amateur food-growing world is a good place to be and BLF is just the best organisation of which I am happy to be a member.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on November 20, 2016 at 9:35

Morning All, BLF is a one of those groups where you can participate as little or as much you like. For those who don't know I joined BLF as I had been quite ill and my Occupational Therapist suggested I do 5 different things. I had always loved my garden but had just about given up on life let alone my garden, but then I found BLF, it has become my life saver. We all have our own reasons for joining and attending or not attending GV's, so please enjoy your time on BLF and participate how you feel most comfortable.

Now down to business - For those of you who don't know I organize the GV's - I have a couple of GV's already pencilled in for 2017, those being March and April. I am needing to fill the other months with GV's. I would be grateful if we could have some New Gardens to visit, I know we have members who always put their hands up and Thank-you for that. Your garden need only to be one that grows a few Vegies, Herbs or Fruit Trees, a garden New or Old. In the Mountains or Beside the Sea. A garden on Clay, Sand or Volcanic Soils. Those who attend GV's always come away with New Ideas on What and How to plant in different locations, Cuttings and Seeds to extend their Plant Collections and most of all New Gardening Friends.

There are also 4 other Special Events planned one being a lovely Lunch at a Special Café followed by Music in their Cool Relaxing Garden Setting. One being a visit to a Multicultural Market where they sell Food Plants from all over the world, (a must for those wanting to grow different Root/Tuber Crops), accessible by train, no need to take the car. We will also be having two Fermentation Workshops (Thanks so Much Dave) one will be for Beginners and one for those who may have done the 1st workshop last year and Beginners this year, when posted be quick as numbers are limited.

So there you have it, you can send me a Personal Message via the BLF Inbox regarding any of the above. For New Members unaware of how to do this firstly you Make me a friend by sending a Friend Request and we take it from there.

Looking forward to Andy's Year End Break Up and a Fun 2017 on BLF. With many Great GV's as was the case in 2016.

Comment by Florence on November 20, 2016 at 9:28

I live on the South side.  it just so happen that when Donna was running the GV I had a garden to host, and when Lissa ran it I didn't anymore. I think around the same time, some southern members went to the Logan group which was created by one of the members here.

Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on November 20, 2016 at 9:09

With you Valerie.  Love my little side journeys when I go to a GV in an unknown area.

Comment by Valerie on November 20, 2016 at 8:57

A bit of a drive is a great way to discover new parts of Brisbane and occasionally it is a very good excuse to stay for lunch somewhere

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on November 20, 2016 at 8:51

Not heard any grumbles ... I'd get to more GVs if I had the courage to drive to places not familiar to me. It's not the distance nor the side of town. The whole BLF experience is wonderful and contributes to my reason to get out of bed in the morning.

Comment by Lissa on November 20, 2016 at 7:31

As far as I am aware there is just one member who thinks in those terms. The bulk just consider us one big happy gardening family.

As long time members would know I attended every single garden visit, no matter the location, for years. We've often commented that when Donna on the south side ran the GV group the majority of visits ended up south for some odd reason. When I took over the majority of visits ended up on the north. No rhyme or reason for it that I could see.

We need new faces to put their hands up for GV's. No matter where their location. The ones who complain about this imaginary division the most might like to offer...yes?

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on November 19, 2016 at 22:42

Okay - I want to put this out there.  I worry that folks are thinking there is a North vs South division when it comes to garden visits.  I can only speak from my own experience as a northsider.  Yes, I missed Roger's southside garden but have done 3 to Dianne, 3 to Susan (2 on one weekend!) and one to Farina.  I also missed one at Gayle's which is 2 minutes away from my place, and Rob's at Samford.  You might also note that I've lost 4 northsiders from my GV.  Most of us attend all the visits we can.  Occasionally, life gets in the way.  


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