As Spring merges into Summer, office workers' thoughts turn to the days of festive season freedom in the great outdoors ahead. That means there's no more fitting end(ish) of year celebration than a botanically-inspired bazaar.
Botanique features the exhibition and sale of original art and craft, in a colourful, straight-from-nature event. It will showcase the combined talents of around 30 artists working at or in some way connected to Queensland's premier subtropical botanic gardens - making a visit here the perfect antidote to most people's city-bound existence.
Coffee, tea or me? Paper mache teacup / Image from Skyes the Limit.
Among the exhibiting artists are ceramicist Virginia Jones and multimedia artist Tricia Smout, both of whom held recently served residencies at the Gardens. If you're as clumsy at wrapping gifts as I am, Smout's origami boxes and other paper craft items offer a classy alternative to Christmas Eve stickytape nightmares.
Also on display will be hand-coloured lino prints by Frances Blines who has worked as an educator with the Gardens for more than 17 years. She has also illustrated much of the signage and many of the publications here.
Want to learn some nifty new skills? Natalie Billing has contributed to many fibre and textile exhibitions and she is conducting a two-day eco-dyeing workshop. Alternatively, learn how to make paper mâché tea cups with Skyes the Limit creator Skye Rogers - just perfect for Christmas giving (or keeping).
Once you've spent to your heart's content, there are plenty of other free and cheap activities on offer in Brisbane - sing carols, listen to live music, cook up a storm or perhaps just perch on Santa's knee. Glad tidings to you!