Ecobotanica Classes


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
Or, to ask more about the class, call 0416 157 470.

July 2020

Herb Gardens 

How to start your own and what herbs to choose for your most useful culinary and medicinal herbs

Sunday 19 July 1-4 $85

This is a rather dreamy and fragrant class that you’ll love. We’ll explore the world of herbs, both culinary and medicinal, and you’ll learn more about the herbs you’d love to include in your garden- Herbs for people and herbs to use for pets and chickens too!

You’ll love growing your own fresh herbs for cooking, and harvesting herbs that you can use to ease the most common ailments from skin itches, to sore throats, tension to nausea and lots more too.

At this class we will take a wander in our organic herb gardens to explore some of the many uses of our favourite herbs. Some are reasonably well known while others are rather unusual and exotic. Some do well in pots, others are excellent to plant under fruit trees, roses or as a border in the garden.

You’ll get to know the requirements each need for optimal growth, and you’ll learn to choose the most helpful and useful herbs  and how to propagate them too. I preserve the excess herbs from our herb garden, and I’ll show you how we make a range of herbal condiments that will last through the year and that make lovely as gifts too.

I’ll take you through the most successful ways to propagate some of the herbs we use, so you can take them home and start afresh in your own garden.

And we’ll have a selection of warming herbal teas to try for afternoon tea with herb scones, herb butter and preserves. Sounds delicious doesn’t it on a winter’s day…

Please bring a shoe box or lunch box to take your new little plants home in.

July 2020

Beeswax Wraps

Sunday 26 July 1-4 $85

We all want to reduce the plastic in our lives don’t we? I’ve committed to not using cling wrap again, so that means a lot less plastic waste in landfill and in the oceans, and a lot less plastic in my food. It also means exploring alternatives such as Beeswax Wraps instead of plastic wrap. Our bees produce wax and plenty of it, so we’ll go through the process that you need to follow in creating these wax wraps, from bee to being used.

I find them to be simply amazing and they are fully compostable too. These wraps are made from pure cotton, beeswax, oils and resins. And while they are expensive in the shops, you can make your own for a fraction of the cost.

At this fun workshop, you’ll make two generous sized beeswax wraps and a useful lunch envelope to carry snacks or sandwiches to work or school. Choose your fabric from my expansive stash of lovely pure cottons on the day.

If you’d like a take-home pack to make more beeswax wraps at home, place an order when you book in for this class. Your pack will contain three generous squares or rectangles of fabric of your choice, beeswax melts to make even more than the three squares in the pack, resin and an applicator. Price $40

*Please bring an apron to wear at the class to save your clothes from wax splashes.

August 2020

Chemical free gardens to nurture people, bees & beneficial insects

Sunday 9 August 1-4 $85

This class is about going organic.

With all the marketing in the nurseries and hardware stores encouraging you to buy chemicals to boost plant health, reduce insects and get bigger, better results, it can be really hard to work out what you really need for your garden, especially if you want to grow clean food without the nasties.

So, having practiced strict organic production and taught it formally and informally for decades now, I’d like to share with you, the ways you can avoid the chemicals and really add health, vitality and resilience to your garden, flavour to your food and fewer chemicals to your plate.

This class will take you on a practical journey through the alternatives to chemical growing, so you can enjoy a healthier life and a healthier you. And when you grow without the herbicides, fungicides and artificial fertilisers, your food will taste better and your soil will improve as a result.

So, we will look at how to enlist the help of beneficial fungi, macropods, birds and insects in your garden.

We’ll explore planting that encourages bees and beneficials.

You’ll get your hands dirty and create good stuff for an organic plot.

And we’ll work out how it all fits together to make your garden and body, work properly again.

To book your spot, click the button.

Any further questions? Call  0416157470

August 2020

Spring Garden Party

Sunday 30 August 1-4  $90 This one is still happening, but its now fully booked!

This Garden party was to be held for Mother’s Day, but we all know what happened to prevent us from enjoying the day together! So, we’ve transferred it to today and have the bonus creative event of making tiny succulents in terracotta pots which you’ll take home.

A Garden party begins with canapes by the new/old Slab Cottage, a project we started and completed during the lockdown. It’s so gorgeous.

We take a tour of the garden, exploring edible flowers, and enjoy a lovely afternoon tea snuggled up with the fleecy rugs at pretty tables in the garden. Enjoy afternoon tea from fine china, herbal teas and warm scones, jam and cream. Once you are feeling full and satisfied, you’ll have the chance to make a pretty miniature pot with succulents- Perfect for a desk or windowsill.

At the Garden Party you will also receive a gift bag with a copy of my book ‘A Delicious Bunch, Growing and Cooking with Edible Flowers’, and some organic goodies inside.

Its a popular day and always fully booked for just 12 people. We’ve already taken booking transfers from May, so if you’d like to join in, don’t delay in booking your spot.

Email me to book:

Or give me a call  0416157470

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 7 working days, or failure to show up for a class. 

error: Content is protected !!