Buderim Garden Club

Buderim Garden Club

*** A Garden Workshop will be held on Wednesday 18th April, and names will be taken at the April general meeting. See details of this event under the "Workshops" heading on the ribbon above.

*** The bus trip to the Brisbane Plant Expo happened on March 16th. See Karen's Report under the "Tours" heading above.

**** Patricia Graham is now producing a monthly Newsletter which will be sent out on line to all members who have given their email address to the Club.             Hard copies are only available at the monthly meeting for non-email people.

*** It is with sadness that the Club announces the death of our long time member, Gerry Kortekaas, who was the Club's plant expert for many years. His botanical knowledge was extensive and he will be greatly missed.

*** The New Members morning tea was held at John and Kathy Lyon's home on 14th March. This was for new members from September 2017 to March this year, and at this event,  committee members introduce themselves and talk about their roles in the Club. 

*** Currently, there are 242 Club members.

*** 2018 Calendars are now for sale for $7. These contain excellent photographs.
(I have laminated some from last year and have them as place mats! Bev)

Australia Day Parade  26th January 2018
This year, about 20 Buderim Garden Club members paraded along Burnett St in the Australia Day Parade.
Most members wore their BGC Tee shirts and many flowers and cuttings were given away to the enthusiastic applause from the spectators (most of whom were observing from shady areas, whist we endured the searing heat).

Steve and Kathy were the banner bearers this year, with John and Ken following with their flower-laden wheelbarrows. 
Our group was so spectacular that we won 3rd prize, after the Mons Play Group (1st) and Matthew Flinders School (2nd).

Check out the photos in the drop down heading of  "Photos" on the ribbon above.

    Gardens of Buderim Book

Recommended Retail Price: $26.95

The “Gardens of Buderim” book was officially launched to the members at the BGC Christmas Lunch on Friday 8th December 2017

“Gardens of Buderim” (RRP of $26.95) is now on sale at Books of Buderim, Manawee Garden Centre and at the Old Post Office-Buderim.

Contact John Lyon, President, Buderim Garden Club, on Email [email protected]  or Mobile: 0448714561 to order copies.

Many thanks to Sarah Seeberg for all her hard work.
 Gardens of Buderim Report

 For over 71 years Buderim has had an active Garden Club, currently boasting over 200 members.                

Now the Club has published a book, “Gardens of Buderim”, providing a perfect Christmas gift”, says John Lyon, President of the Club.  “In it several members share their delight and pride in the gardens they have created, of different sizes and styles, showing how they have overcome problems like poor soil or steep slopes, as well as their successes in growing special flowers, fruit, vegetables and other plants”.

Also included are articles about how to design a garden, the future of gardening in Buderim, the Club’s background and some of the town’s garden history, as well as useful details about local public parks.


The garden stories and front and back covers are enhanced by superb photographs, mostly taken by Elizabeth Hales and Club members. 

 “Gardens of Buderim” is an attractive stocking-filler for the keen gardener or garden visitor in your family or circle of friends”, book editor, Sarah Seeberg, says: “Or, for you, it will provide a pleasurable virtual walk around lovely Buderim gardens and parks”.

Many of the gardens featured have been highlights of Buderim’s annual Garden Festival, open to a large and admiring public during the second weekend in October.          

“Gardens of Buderim” (RRP of $26.95) is now on sale at Books of Buderim, Manawee Garden Centre and at the Old Post Office-Buderim.

OR, Contact John Lyon, President, Buderim Garden Club, on Email [email protected]  or Mobile: 0448714561 to order copies.

Below is a precis of Sarah Seeberg’s talk for the launch of “Gardens of Buderim”

at the Buderim Garden Club Christmas Lunch, 8 December 2017

The intention of “Gardens of Buderim” is to provide a selection of the various types of garden one can find in Buderim.  So there are the flat gardens ‘on top’ and at the base of the mountain and several sloping, some very steeply, down the sides.  With different soil types.  And a variety of types and styles from tropical to cottage, from courtyard to acreage, long-established and newly created, those that concentrate on colourful flowering plants or foliage plants or a wealth of fruit and vegetables.


Other chapters look at designing your garden, how gardening in Buderim will need to cope with climate change, the garden at Pioneer Cottage, a look at how the Club started and what has been accomplished in 70 years, and a list of Club Presidents from 1946 to date.  Also, we were fortunate to receive a poem and two songs which add a nice light touch to the book.  As well, details about Buderim’s public parks are included.


The wonderful thing about this project is that every contributor has been a volunteer, until we got to the end and employed a professional proofreader, a graphic designer and a printer

I particularly want to thank two of those volunteers: Teddy Gove and John Lyon.  Teddy was President when I took on this project, John is President at this end stage.  Both have been encouraging and supportive throughout the entire process – and both contributed enthusiastic and informative pieces about their own lovely and distinctive gardens.


Thanks also to Ray Eadie who began this process .


The excellent photographs of most of the contributors and their gardens were taken by Elizabeth Hales.

The photos of Buderim’s public parks, the front and back cover and other shots around Buderim were provided by Alex Sweet, who I think you’ll agree has done a fantastic job of designing the book.


More acknowledgements will be found in the Introduction of the book.


Who are the people our beautiful brand-new book is designed for?    There are 3 main groups:

  1. Buderim Garden Club members: - the spirit of competition is alive and well in our club – with our monthly comps and the Garden Festival’s open gardens comp –  and we all love to look at other members’ gardens and find garden ideas we’d like to emulate or plants we wish to grow;


2.Newcomers to Buderim: who don’t yet know the terrain, the soils and climate, nor the plants that can be grown here, and need to be inspired and encouraged;


3. Visitors to Buderim: who love the greenery and the gardens and wish to take home a memento of their visit, as well as the many visitors who come to our annual Garden Festival. 


Now, I think we are entitled to congratulate ourselves on a job very well done, so I’ll ask the following people to stand up and be appreciated by fellow Club members :

  1. Pat & Paul Moses [Not present= NP)                -   Elizabeth & Jim Hales
  2. Ann Colville                                                  -   Michael & Beryl Walsh
  3. Teddy & Ron Gove                                         -   Ken Evans [Np]
  4. Laurel Asimus [Np]                                        -   Jackie Bonner [Np]
  5. Steve & Karen Wikman                                   -   Tony O’Brien [Np]            
  6. Shirley Macdonald                                         -   Rita Eaton
  7. John & Kathy Lyon                                          -   Bev Schouten
  8. Jenni Campbell                                               -   Helen Wallace
  9. Maxina Williams                                            -   Noel Williams
  10. Lindsay Robertson [Np]                                  -   Heinz Seeberg

                                       These people are featured in the group photo below, with Sarah Seeberg, centre front row

Dates for the diary (and Calendar)

*** The Club's break-up Christmas party was held at the Headland Golf Club on Friday 8th December.
Photos of the Christmas party guests are featured under the "Photos" heading on the ribbon heading above.

                                              *** The Buderim Garden Club's 2018 Calendar is now available at BGC general meetings.

Coming Events

  1. ¨    March 3-Q’ld Begonia Society-Brisbane Botanic Gardens Auditorium Mt Cootha 9-3:30pm
  2. ¨   10-11 March, Nth Districts Colour on Parade Flower show- Wavell Heights
  3. ¨   10-11 March-National Palm and Cycad Show- Brisbane Botanic Gardens Auditorium Mt Cootha 9-4 9-3:00pm
  4. ¨   March 16&17 - Brisbane Garden and Plant Expo Doomben Racecourse, Ascot- Bus trip
  5. ¨   Gardens of the Downs- March 17&18, May 19&20, Oct 12,13&14,Oct 27&27
  6. ¨   April 28&29- Pine River Garden and Plant Fair – Pine Rivers Show Grounds
  7. ¨   May 30th Combined Garden Clubs picnic Noosa Botanic Gardens 9:-3:30 Important event, and planned Bus Trip
  8. ¨   June 9&10 Gardening in the Edge- Maleny 9-4pm Maleny Showgrounds
  9.     June 16 Esk Garden and Lifestyle Fair Old Esk Railway Station, Esk 8-3pm