Buderim Garden Club

Buderim Garden Club

April 13th General Meeting

The Guest Speakers this month were Buderim Garden Club members Kevin Hamment and Daphne Ludwig, speaking about Anthuriums. This couple are qualified judges, as well as winners of many competitions, including a 1st at the Brisbane Royal show. Daphne did most of the talking with many comments directed to dutiful Kevin.  Their excellent power point presentation and pot display increased our knowledge of the many different types of anthuriums,. Kevin demonstrated how they propogate these plants and the potting methods that they use.
Kevin is also the organiser of the Combined Garden Club picnic day on May 30th, and so told of the top attractions that his committee have organised. A bus has been organised to take members to this great day.

The member speaker was Elaine Davidson who showed how she transformed a dreary, paved backyard into a colourful flowering canopy and garden - in 4 years. 

Next month, the 3 wise men (Steve, Robin and Ken) will answer questions on vegetable growing. Questions can be emailed to Monika prior to the meeting so they can do hours of research on our vegie problems.

March 9th General Meeting

The Guest Speaker this month was Kim Martin from Bio Organic Sustainable Solutions, who gave a most informative talk and power point display concerning how microbes and elements in the soil are essential for good plant growth. (She claimed that she had turned a stick into a healthy plant with use of the GROW BOSS products).  Our Guest speaker Co-ordinator, Jenni Campbell presented Kim with a "thank you" gift.
At the April meeting, we were told that Manawee nursery now stock the GROW BOSS products.

The Member's talk was in a different format this month, with a panel of our gardening experts answering members' questions about Pests in the Garden.
The three wise men in the panel chosen on this occasion, were Steve Wikman, Ken Evans and Robin PorterThey enlightened us with cures for grasshoppers (pine0clean in a diluted spray), bulb caterpillars (use the index finger and thumb and squash them) and large toys amongst the garden to deter bush turkeys. 

'Twas enjoyable and we learnt a lot.
The Cut Flower competition produced some high class specimens, including a black bat flower. The above photo shows the 8 Walkers who show the winning entries to the audience.  Photos and results are separate as a subheading under this Meetings heading.

Buderim Garden Club's first meeting for 2018

At February's general meeting, the Buderim hall was packed with members and many visitors.
President John Lyon welcomed everyone, and many plants were sold, cut flowers were exhibited, library books were exchanged, lovely raffle prizes were won, and gossips were shared at afternoon tea time.

Our guest speaker was Bob from Rare Plants Boutique nursery, Nambour, and then Barry Sullivan  spoke about the Bunchy Top disease which affects banana plants.              
                                                                            Photo below shows Barry, John and Bob
The Cut Flower competition had many beautiful entries. Shirley McDonald is back in charge, and Steve Wikman announced the winning entries for The Flower Parade, which is always an interesting spectacle.
 "Cut Flower Results" and photos can be viewed from the subheading under the "Meeting" title above.

Below are the Flower Parade walkers with announcer Steve.
Steve's next Workshop will be in April, with details at the March or April meeting.
Elizabeth announced that the Photo competition will be in a different format this year, with photos to be submitted and judged in mid year.
Karen is organising 2 bus trips - see under "Tours" above.
Patricia Graham produced her first newsletter for the year, complete with colourful photos when viewed on line.
The Garden Club brochure was sent out on line, as well as being available as a hard copy. Members are asked to keep this as a reference.
Sarah Seeberg was applauded for her editorial role in producing the Gardens of Buderim book - many copies were sold and people were encouraged to "spread the word" about it.
It's great to be back and enjoy our gardening friends and the recent rain!

November AGM

The Annual General Meeting on 10th November focused on the reading of last year's AGM Minutes and Annual Reports, Presentations to the yearly competition winners, Election of the new committee, Presentations to the retiring committee members, Raffling of 17 boxes of unsold Festival garden stall plants, and this was finished with a Fire Drill.   It was a very interesting meeting!
Newly elected Management committee of the Buderim Garden Club.
John Lyon, Leanne Crowe, Cassie Burlington, Carole Willis. Vonnie Young, Patricia James, John Sargaison, Monika Stinton, Jenni Campbell, Elizabeth Hales, Lesley Doyle, Robin Porter.
Elizabeth Hales presented Patricia James with her prize for winning the Photo Competition for 2017
In the Cut FLower competition Ken Evans won (absent). 
Photo shows Robert Wilson who received the Encouragement prize from organisers Steve and Shirley.   
Club member, Noel Williams encouraged members to check out the Club's Facebook page (Click on the Link heading on ribbon above to view this).

Below: President John Lyon with retiring committee members Steve Wikman, Bev Schouten, Shirley Mc Donald,
Helen Wallace and Teddy Gove (absent from photo).
President John Lyon with Honarary Life members below:
Laurel and Peter Asimus, Reg Gibson, Rita Eaton, Barbara Sherstone, Shirley and Stuart Wallace,
Marjorie Van Roy, Robin Porter.