Buderim Village Park
Grevillia Robyn Gordon, local rocks incorporated in the design.
At the March 2016 meeting of the Buderim Garden Club, Tennille Docherty, a landscape architect for the Buderim Village Park employed by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council gave us an up to date account on the work to the park, now that it is in the final stages of development. Plans and the latest information can also be found on the LINKS page of the website under Sunshine Coast Regional Council. Just search for Buderim Village Park.
Tennille talked about the plantings and how some of the species cannot be sourced as they need so many plants. The Caloundra nursery attached to the Sunshine Coast Regional Council provided the plants.
I found the information on the Heritage plantings of interest, and on the escarpment many trees (perhaps hundreds of years old) can still be found along this part of the ridge. The trees have also been cleared to give us the best coastal views from the end of the park. Also of interest was the plantings by descendants of pioneer families of many of the larger trees in the park.
The plantings near King Street are of a cottage garden design with the Poinciannas continuing on the trend through the main street as well as the adjoining Mayfield and Gloucester Roads. She also mentioned Edna Walling during her talk and said her style also was considered when designing the park.
The rocks in the park have been sourced locally, and continue the trend on top of Buderim to incorporate rocks in the garden design. The large grassed area is for just kicking a ball or flying a kite or a site for public functions.
Many of the plants are Australian natives and she suggested because of the great, rich volcanic soil of Buderim, Grevillia Robyn Gordon has taken over in places.
Gingers and Heliconias also make an appearance because Buderim was once the centre for ginger growing.
At present the final stages of the plans are underway with bbq areas and lighting and shelters have been constructed. If you are visiting the bbq areas take note of the heritage old bottles found in the site on view in the glass coffee tables. A great added asset. It's interesting to learn that large rainwater tanks and drainage are all underground.
Thank you Tennille, we will be watching the park for future developments.