This wonderful book, written by Rhonda Vickers Rolevink will be sold on her property Trafalgar House, during the Garden Walk on Saturday and Sunday 15th and 16th September. Rhonda will be signing copies of her beautiful book and I hope you will take the opportunity to purchase it. It outlines the 100 years since the house was build, tells of the original plants that were planted in the area, and shows some wonderful photos of the interior of the house, now and in the early days. A must for lovers of local history, garden lovers, and people who are very proud of our Queensland history
We are so priviliged to have had Rhonda open this historial garden for us in Buderim's 150th year and hope many of you garden and history lovers will buy Rhonda's wonderful and colourful book.
To celebrate the B150 our Street Party was held on Saturday night 21st July from 6pm until 10pm. Thank you to all who helped on the night and it was a huge success with about 3000 people participating in the night.
As our contribution to the Queensland Garden Expo at Nambour we worked on a B150 theme and thank Robyn Ernst, BYTES for old fashioned costumes from their recent production of 1912, the Buderim Historical Society for their loan of early historical pictures of Buderim and members who contributed plants and time over the weekend.
Robyn Baker, from Robyn's Anthuriums helped with her van for the day and members brought plants to the display. Peta, Pat, Ganaa and Tony set up the display.
Ken Evans gave us a lovely orchid, anthuriums, and foliage plants, Pat and Paul anthuriums and azalia, Ganaa and Tony a lovely large foliage plant and a beautiful blue glazed pot. Rita Eaton brought along some of her beautiful potted geraniums, Rod Nichols supplied foliage plants and Bev Norgrove gave a lovely fern and display column, on which Marlene Deller displayed her beautiful floral arrangement.
Marlene also brought her living picture which received lots of comments from the large crowd who attended. Frank Tucker gave a couple of water plants which we displayed on our newly acquired pond and water feature and Maureen Lister gave us some wonderful dried material which we displayed in two old fireside containers, supplied by Noel Williams from the Historical Cottage. Les Weber supplied us with beautiful roses and Coralie with camellias and foliage from her large Buderim garden.
Thank you to all who supervised our display over the weekend. Many people commented that the display was outstanding. A big thank you to all who helped, not forgetting Rita, who organised the roster for the weekend.
Marlene's Floral Art Living Picture Water feature and Ganaa's blue pot
See more pictures from the Queensland Garden Expo on the photo page.
Make sure you pick up a copy of Buderim Celebrates 150 Years, published by Sunshine Coast Daily, for your calendar of events. Also available at the Bendigo Bank.
Laurel is working with the 150th Anniversary of Buderim Committee and helping to make the Buderim Garden Club's contribution really worthwhile. She is hoping to get owners of the historic gardens in Buderim to open their lovely properties for the Garden Walk in 2012.
Our background picture shows you Trafalgar House in November 2011. Buderim was once covered with fruit trees and very few homes. Someone was taking advantage of our rich volcanic soil in the early days. Roads in early photos look quite bare(no bitumen) to speak of and certainly no drains.
Some of the ideas for our contributions to the celebrations so far include veteran car displays, verandah displays with people dressed in historic costumes and musical items. Rhonda Vickers will launch her historic book and she will have heritage plants from her garden for sale. The garden at Trafalgar House will be one of the gardens featured in our Open Garden Walk. Pioneer Cottage garden will be re-organised by the Perennial Poppies group for 2012.
If members have any ideas please leave your ideas in our Forum Page and Laurel will bring it up for the Committee's approval. The more ideas and suggestions the better. If you have any historic photos please pass on to the committee.
The Garden of Trafalgar House
When Elizabeth and Charles Horatio Nelson built their Colonial Georgian-style house in 1912, the half-acre of garden was planted around it with due regard for site and suitability. It was, and still is, a true country garden, established without town water or motorised tools: apart from professional tree services, a 2- stroke mower is the only mechanised equipment used even now. If you visit Trafalgar House during Spring you see the lovely Freesias popping up all through the garden, between the paths and under the magnificent trees that grow on the property. The perfume as you walk through the garden is wonderful.
There were no elaborate Garden Centres with their showy, mass-produced displays, so the ago-old system of sharing locally grown plants ensured not only their suitability for the conditions, but also discouraged the spread of pests and diseases that thrive in a large scale monoculture.
Thereis a remarkable variety of plants that have grown here for almost 100 years: like the house, the garden combines elements of the Old World and the New. These included old red China roses and the 19th century French Tea Roses such as Duchesse de Brabant (1957) and Archiduc Joseph (1872) their ancentry probably included the tropical R.gigantea, and they bloom year0round and disease free in Buderim's warm and humid climate.
Because the property was established when people had to live in harmony with the climate and environment, it demonstrates the compatibility of the correct use of natural resources with the relaxed and pleasant style of Queensland living.
Our wonderful Buderim in the early days, when it was full of farms growing produce for the early settlers of Queensland. It was also home to the famous Ginger Factory, which is now located at nearby Yandina and is a famous tourist attraction. You can log on to http://www.gingerfactory.com/ on our LINKS page.