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For simply the best hands on classes on growing and enjoying organic food in south east Queensland. Watch to quick video to the right for some inspiration.

Most of the classes listed below are held at our beautiful organic acreage in Capalaba in the Redlands, just 25 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD. It’s the perfect place to breathe in fresh air, and open your mind to possibilities.

For other events, please check the events calendar.

The cluck of contented hens, chatter of birds and the swish of breeze in the majestic eucalypts will seduce you into relaxing and enjoying your class. Our abundant organic vegetable patch, thriving organic orchard and specialist garden areas are an inspiration to grow your own.  To join a life-changing organic class, just click a link with the class you’d like to attend.

OR email linda@ecobotanica.com.au
Or, to ask more about the class, call 04167157470.

November 2019

Edible Flowers Christmas Garden Party & Garden Tour

Sunday 24 November 2-4.30

Roses, Gladioli, Violas, Daylilies and Love in a Mist are just a few of the edible flowers we grow that are blooming in the garden right now.

At the Christmas Garden Party, take the afternoon to celebrate an early Christmas in beautiful surrounds, with family, friends or workmates. We like to wear something Christmassy to get in the spirit for this class too!

At this garden party you ‘ll love the time in the garden learning about edible flowers and may even be inspired to grow some this summer. There are flowers that love warm and even drier conditions.

I’ll spoil you with deliciously delectable sweet and savoury dishes with a Christmas theme,  all made with love, and edible flowers.

What to expect…

This garden party for just 12 people at Ecobotanica celebrates my book: A Delicious Bunch, Growing and cooking with edible flowers.

Start the afternoon with a private tour of our garden and learn about the edible flowers we grow, sell and use. You’ll be introduced to how and when to grow the best blooms for your table.

The tour is topped off with a delectable afternoon tea featuring the organic and edible flowers we grow here in the garden. As the blooms change seasonally, there will be an ever-changing menu to delight you. At a garden party, you will receive your own copy of A Delicious Bunch.

A Garden Party is a beautiful way to spend a glorious afternoon, surrounded by a lovely garden and learning about edible flowers while indulging in afternoon tea with a difference. Come and meet new friends, or why not bring your mum’s group, friends, bridal party or garden club?

$75 Includes a signed copy of my new book ‘A Delicious Bunch – Growing and cooking with edible flowers‘ and a garden gift bag.

Book by calling Linda 0416157470

or email linda@ecobotanica.com.au

December 2019

Give the gift of an Organic Class

I make up lovely gift vouchers for an Ecobotanica class of your (or their) choice, so you can give the special people in your life, a meaningful gift they will really enjoy.

I’ve added lots of classes for the coming year, beginning in February, so there are options for everyone.

Email me to order a gift voucher linda@ecobotanica.com.au

Or give me a call to have a chat about the best options.  0416157470

February 2020

Fabulous fermented  mocktails, cordials & natural ‘champagne’ fizzes

Saturday 15 February

9-12 

We’ll be harvesting and using a wide selection of the MOST delicious herbs and edible flowers from our flourishing organic herb and flower garden, to make these lightly fermented, good for you, but awesomely delicious drinks.

I’m planning on really stretching your imagination and tickling your creative side, by creating with you some beautiful drinks that will become family favourites.

Delicate botanical fizzes, light and lovely cordials with no added colours or flavours, beautiful syrups and naturally fragrant flavourings that you can use to make stunning cocktails or mocktails that will outdo your hotel or restaurant counterparts.

You’ll make these in the hands-on class and you’ll take some home with you to share as well.

And while the weather is hot, we will be enjoying a cool space here at Ecobotanica, so you can relax and enjoy the class.

This class is for only 8 people, so if you’d like to join, don’t hesitate in emailing or calling me to book in.

Price: $80

Email me to book linda@ecobotanica.com.au

Or give me a call to have a chat about the class and make a card payment  0416157470

February 2020

Dehydrating your summer abundance

Sunday 23 February

1-4 pm

Do you have a dehydrator languishing in the cupboard?

Are you not so keen on freezing due to lack of freezer space?

Would you like to reduce food waste and keep as much of the summer abundant fruits and vegies as possible?

I run this very popular class each summer. It’s the perfect time to be creating yummy snacks, meals and more, from the abundantly vigorous harvests of bananas, mangoes, herbs, vegies and fruits that we harvest or buy so cheaply over summer.

It’s a hands-on class with lots to taste and experience. We will make a selection of meals beginning with brekky , create some delicious wraps you can serve for lunch or dinner, and make no-cook dehydrated savoury biscuits,breads and camping or hiking foods. It’s really a delicious class as we sit down and enjoy a feast at the end.

Even if you don’t own a dehydrator, you can still make many of the items using solar/sun drying or your oven.

$80

Email me to book linda@ecobotanica.com.au

Or give me a call to book your spot.  0416157470

March 2020

Garden Art Journaling with Artist Louise Saunders

Sunday 8 March 

9.30-4.30

I’m sure you’ll love the experience of creating small artworks from the garden for an art journal.

An art journal is a personal way for you to record the things you see and enjoy, in nature and in your garden. (My little art journal is my way of recording my very humble beginnings and looking back on the wonder of the natural world.)

I’m delighted that Louise has agreed (with enthusiasm), to join us at Ecobotanica for this exclusive workshop for just 9 people, on Garden Art Journaling here at Ecobotanica in  Capalaba. It’s our 1.5 acre organic property, surrounded by majestic Scribbly Gums, an organic orchard, vegie garden, cottage garden, flowers, herbs and a labyrinth. I run many classes here on organics and host garden tours and high teas with an edible flower focus. So, you will be well fed and nurtured in spirit, body and artistic creation on the day.

On  the day, arrive a little early to settle in to your space and enjoy a cuppa. Louise will take you through the use of water colour and drawing techniques, to create a beautiful record of the journeys you may take through your own garden or natural world. Your journal, as you fill it with vignettes from life,  can become  a beautiful keepsake and an exciting piece of your creative life, inspired by nature.

Morning tea and Lunch are included. Dietary needs can be met for you.

And it will be warm at that time of the year, so we do have an air-conditioned, light filled room we can enjoy working in.

Water colours will be supplied by Louise for use on the day. Closer to the time we will have a short list of things to bring. But if you haven’t painted before, Louise will have art journal and paint brush kits available to order before the event which will give you good quality materials to work with.

The price for the day is $125. Kits if ordered, will be extra.

Payment for the day is taken in advance. Info and more details will be sent out to you if you’d like to enrol, and we’ll keep in touch as the time draws closer.

Let me share a little about Louise…

Louise is a botanical artist, recently awarded the Order of Australia medal for her work in wildlife and art. She is known and loved throughout Australia and beyond, for her beautiful works of art, drawing inspiration from nature in all its forms. Among her many wonderful achievements and life experiences, she has been the illustrator on two Earthwatch expeditions to Cape York, she has illustrated bats in Borneo for the University of Malaysia Sarawak and has been artist in residence at a number of prominent places including South Stradbroke island, where she was commissioned to record in watercolour, the flora and fauna of the island.

Having participated in a several series of art classes series with Louise, I can share with you that she is a wonderful teacher. Generous, inspirational and so very knowledgeable

Price: $125

Email me to book linda@ecobotanica.com.au

Or you can give me a call to book and pay.  0416157470

March 2020

Edible Flowers  Garden Party & Garden Tour

Sunday 29 March

2-4.30

Roses, Dahlias, Shizanthus, Daylilies and Society Garlic are just a few of the edible flowers we grow that are blooming in the garden right now.

At this garden party you ‘ll love the time in the garden learning about edible flowers and may even be inspired to grow some this season.

I’ll spoil you with deliciously delectable sweet and savoury dishes  all made with love, and edible flowers.

What to expect…

This garden party for just 12 people at Ecobotanica celebrates my book: A Delicious Bunch, Growing and cooking with edible flowers.

Start the afternoon with a private tour of our garden and learn about the edible flowers we grow, sell and use. You’ll be introduced to how and when to grow the best blooms for your table.

The tour is topped off with a delectable afternoon tea featuring the organic and edible flowers we grow here in the garden. As the blooms change seasonally, there will be an ever-changing menu to delight you. At a garden party, you will receive your own copy of A Delicious Bunch.

A Garden Party is a beautiful way to spend a glorious afternoon, surrounded by a lovely garden and learning about edible flowers while indulging in afternoon tea with a difference. Come and meet new friends, or why not bring your mum’s group, friends, bridal party or garden club?

$80 Includes a signed copy of my new book ‘A Delicious Bunch – Growing and cooking with edible flowers‘ and a garden gift bag.

Book by calling Linda 0416157470

or email linda@ecobotanica.com.au

This garden party is for 12 people only, so book in soon.

April 2020

Edible Flowers  Garden Party & Garden Tour

Sunday 26 April (Anzac Day Long Weekend)

1-3.30

While many people go away this long weekend, if you are staying home, why not make the most of it and join in a wonderful garden party?

What you’ll experience at a garden party and garden tour.

This garden party for just 12 people at Ecobotanica celebrates my book: A Delicious Bunch, Growing and cooking with edible flowers.

Start the afternoon with a private tour of our garden where we have been busy creating more picking beds and lovely garden structures. Learn about the edible flowers we grow, sell and use.

You’ll be introduced to how and when to grow the best blooms for your table. At this garden party you ‘ll love the time in the garden learning about edible flowers and may even be inspired to grow more in your garden. Many people are amazed that they already have some at home that they hadn’t known were edible.

After the stroll in the garden, we will relax at the long tables under the trees and enjoy a delectable afternoon tea featuring the organic and edible flowers we grow here in the garden. As the blooms change seasonally, there will be an ever-changing menu to delight you. At a garden party, you will receive your own copy of A Delicious Bunch.

A Garden Party is a beautiful way to spend a glorious afternoon, surrounded by a lovely garden and learning about edible flowers while indulging in afternoon tea with a difference. Come and meet new friends, or why not bring your mum’s group, friends, bridal party or garden club?

$80 Includes a signed copy of my new book ‘A Delicious Bunch – Growing and cooking with edible flowers‘ and a garden gift bag.

Book by calling Linda 0416157470

or email linda@ecobotanica.com.au

Or give me a call to book and pay, on  0416157470

May 2020

Mother’s Day weekend Garden Party and Mini  Succulent Pots class.

Saturday 10 May

1-4pm (Note the change of time from last month).

We all love to celebrate Mother’s Day, and we all love presents. So I’m putting on a special Mother’s Day Garden Party the day before Mum’s Day. This month, as well as the edible flowers garden tour and high tea,  you will make some tiny pots of the cutest succulents for mum (and you) to take home and enjoy. Now while succulents don’t usually have edible flowers, I just love their quirky appeal and they are very enjoyable for even the non-gardeners among us.

At this garden party you ‘ll also love the time in the garden learning about edible flowers and may even be inspired to grow more in your garden.

And you can be planning now for spring bulbs such as the edible gladioli and freesias.

We’ll gather in the green room for drinks and canapes, then take a tour of the garden learning about the edible flowers we grow and sell. After the tour, take a seat at the long table and enjoy a delectable high tea, complete with fine china and savoury and sweet tempters. My rose petal jam and scones is famous may I say!

After the high tea has been devoured and your tummies are happily filled with goodness, we will make up our lovely little pots. Choose from a range of tiny succulents that are sure to delight. I’ll explain what potting mixes to choose, what to look out for with these small plants, and how to care for your new pots.

As always, the garden party is a celebration of my book A Delicious Bunch, growing and cooking with edible flowers. So, everyone will take home a gift bag with a copy of the book and some nice organic gardening items or my home made goodies as well.

Price: $90 for the Garden Party, gift bag, succulents pots and mini class. What a great gift and day out for the Mother’s Day Weekend!

To Book…Email me linda@ecobotanica.com.au

Or give me a call   0416157470

May 2020

Converting to Organic Production – Big Results for Home Gardens

Sunday 31 May

9.30-4.00

Using organic and biodynamic methods can help you grow better food, packed full of natural goodness and all without harmful chemicals.

In short, converting the way you grow from chemical to organic, is going to mean a better environment and a healthier you.

So, here we grow only organically using some biodynamic methods as well,  and the place has never been healthier. Our vegies are simply delicious with very few problems, so let me show you how it’s done so you can experience success too.

This full day class introduces you in a hands-on way, to how to change the way you grow, how we prepare the soil, what we add in an organic system to support the plants and build soil health and microbial activity. You ‘ll practice planting from seed, seedling and we’ll do a short session on identifying and treating pests and diseases.

It’s an all round excellent class if you’d like to start growing clean, delicious food, no matter what sized plot you have and whether you rent or own your own place.

The class is run from Ecobotanica, our purely organic small acreage , packed with birds, bees, trees and food.

Meals are included…We’ll enjoy morning tea and lunch made from the freshest produce grown in our garden.

You’ll go home with lots of ideas, some experience under your belt and you may even take home seeds or seedlings excess to our planting.

And best of all, this class can be life changing, allowing you to ditch the chemicals. Hooray.

What’s better than that?

Price: $120

Email me to book linda@ecobotanica.com.au

Or give me a call  0416157470

June 2020

Creating Gardens for Bees and Pollinators

Sunday 7 June

9-12

The last year or so has seen bee keepers feeding bees, hives dying out and our pollinators and other beneficial insects really suffering. We’ve  had a desperate drought and ravaging fires that have killed out beehives and other beneficial pollinators.

This class is for people who want to make a difference and create a better environment for our precious garden good guys.

It’s no better time to learn about what you can do in your garden, community garden and neighbourhood and to make sure it happens sooner rather than later. We will delve into the role bees and other insects play in our local environment and how we can enhance their super powers. (Is that even a thing? I say a resounding YES, because without bees, every 4th mouthful of food stops.)

We’ll look at what to grow in your garden, how to grow it and where it needs to be  to feed the good guys,  and how they respond to certain plants and treatments. If you have a productive vegie patch or orchard, if you keep stingless bees or honey bees or bee hotels, you’ll want to know about this too. And its more than just growing. You’ll work on how we can make our local environment less hostile to these beneficials.

We will explore the plant species to grow, and start off some seeds or cuttings  to take home and get growing, we’ll look at other supports we can offer and what we should avoid in our gardens to prevent an insect wipeout.

And should you have flowers in your orchard, vegies or even in the grass? Let’s look at what does well without being weedy and how these excellent floral species can feed our beneficial insects so they flourish.

Come along and be part of the change for good.

$80

Email me to book linda@ecobotanica.com.au

Or give me a call  0416157470

 

Photo by Boris Smokrovic on Unsplash

June 2020

Edible Flowers  Garden Party & Garden Tour with Cuttings Mini Class

Sunday 21 June

1-4.00

This is an Edible Flowers Garden Party and Garden Tour with a difference. You’ll not only enjoy the tour and High Tea, you’ll have a mini class that will teach you how to grow beautiful edible flowers from cutting, using the methods I used to teach my horticulture students and that give high success rates. We’ll take cuttings from our flower garden and you’ll take them home with you, all ready to nurture and grow.

What you’ll experience at this garden party and garden tour.

This garden party for just 12 people at Ecobotanica celebrates my book: A Delicious Bunch, Growing and cooking with edible flowers.

Start the afternoon with a private tour of our organic garden . Learn about the edible flowers we grow, sell and use.

You’ll be introduced to how and when to grow the best blooms for your table in the seasons to come. At this garden party you ‘ll love the time in the garden learning about edible flowers and may even be inspired to grow more in your garden. Many people are amazed that they already have some at home that they hadn’t known were edible.

After the stroll in the garden, we will relax at the long tables under the trees and enjoy a delectable afternoon tea featuring the organic and edible flowers we grow here in the garden. As the blooms change seasonally, there will be an ever-changing menu to delight you. At a garden party, you will receive your own copy of A Delicious Bunch.

After enjkoying a spectacular afternoon tea, we’ll spend some time on the cuttings. Its not dirty business, so you can still come along in your finery for the high tea. Perhaps bring an apron for the messy cuttings elements.

A Garden Party and mini class is a beautiful way to spend a glorious afternoon, surrounded by a lovely garden and learning about edible flowers while indulging in afternoon tea with a difference. Come and meet new friends, or why not bring your mum’s group, friends, bridal party or garden club?

$85 Includes a signed copy of my new book ‘A Delicious Bunch – Growing and cooking with edible flowers‘ and a garden gift bag and the mini class with cuttings to start your own edible flower garden at home..

Book by calling Linda 0416157470

or email linda@ecobotanica.com.au

June 2020

Espalier Fruit trees ie- training fruit trees flat

Saturday 27 June

9-12

Do you want more fruit but just don’t have the space?

Perhaps you have issues with your tropical apples or nectarines getting fruit fly?

Or if you have a narrow spot at the side of the drive but are not sure what to grow there?

Then training fruit trees to grow flat so you have a good harvest, no bugs and a minimum of space  with maximum number of trees is the way to go.

I’ve been espaliering fruit trees for 40 years with excellent results. My love affair with these trained trees started with a Moorpark apricot back in my Ballarat garden. Now in the subtropics I espalier apples and dwarf red mulberry and nectarine as they respond so well.

This artful skill has been passed down through the ages and is a perfect way to grow our apples here in the subtropics. At this active class you will learn the principles of espalier in its many forms and you’ll work on my trees here so you can really experience how to do it successfully. This year we have a beautiful crop coming on. Id love you to experience your own successes too, especially if you have limited space.

I only run one espalier class per year, so if you’d like to join 11 other people, don’t wait to book in as this class is always full of eager espalierists.

Price $80

Book by calling Linda 0416157470

or email linda@ecobotanica.com.au

Payment and refund policy

Classes at Ecobotanica are booked and paid in advance to secure your spot, using a card, transfer or cash.

Refunds are not given for cancellations within 5 working days, or failure to show up for a class. 

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