Buderim Garden Club

Buderim Garden Club

Visit to Parliament

 *** On 16th May, Brent Mickelberg, MP for Buderim in Qld Parliament, was host to contributors of the "Gardens of Buderim” book at the  Qld Parliament. Brent presented the book to the Parliamentary Librarian, Janet Prowse, who was gracious in her acceptance since she is a keen rose grower.  Editor Sarah Seeberg and President John Lyon spoke, and after the handover, Brent spoke to the group about his priorities for Buderim: trying to improve traffic flow was high on the list!
This was followed by a tour around the Parliament building and afternoon tea. This was an excellent opportunity for promotion of the Club and "Gardens of Buderim", and also interaction with other BGC members.
Photos of this important event can be seen in the Photos section (on ribbon above).

Copies of “Gardens of Buderim” have already been lodged with the National Library in Canberra and the Queensland State Library.

Well done Sarah for getting this happening!   (See more details of this book, below).

*** The Relay for Life organisers asked the Buderim Garden Club to create table centrepieces, for their event on Saturday May 5th.
Many members supplied a wide variety of colourful flowers, and masterpieces were created by the team above - Maxina, Eunice, Kim and Monika. See photos in the Photo Gallery section. According to Monday's News, the amount of $55,000 was raised on the day.
Monika writes: Many thanks everyone, for your donations of such a lovely lot of flowers. We created a very colourful display at the USC Stadium Cafe for the opening of the Relay for Life Survivors and Carers’ afternoon tea.
We were able to arrange an extra  5 vases of flowers in the area, so it did look wonderful, very bright and cheery.

 *** In the rain on Friday 20th April, The Shedders group created a new garden surrounding a BWMCA funded memorial seat in memory of David Edwards adjacent to the hall.  David was a long time member of that organisation (mainly as the Treasurer) and the Buderim Foundation.
Check out the Photos Gallery for the group and their finished memorial area.
Teddy Gove is the Shedders group leader and would like a few more volunteers to join this happy group.

The Buderim Garden Festival poster has been created, and is displayed under the Festival heading above.

*** Check out Teddy's photos of the Workshop held at Caryll's place on 18th April, and read Steve's report under the Workshops heading.

*** At the April general meeting, President John Lyon spoke of the committee's decision to donate funds for the further beautification of Buderim, which is one of the aims of our association.
 The sum of $2,000 is being given to install "fairy" lights in 2 trees adjacent to the old Buderim P.O. in Burnett St., Buderim.
An additional $500 is being given to the Foote Sanctuary, where a major tree planting program has been undertaken over this wet season to fill in the gaps created by the removal of exotic Candlenut and Queensland Maple trees (non local flora). So far approximately 300 tubed seedlings have been planted, and this process will continue throughout the coming months.

*** Laurel Asimus
is an Honorary Life Member of the Buderim Garden Club, but she has also been a long-serving Lifeline Crisis volunteer.
Laurel joined the Lifeline Management board in 1995, and has been as integral part of the Lifeline family ever since. She was honoured recently at the Maroochydore Lifeline Centre for her years of dedication.

*** Recently, our BGC Storeman, Tom Crerar suffered a stroke and was treated at the Brisbane Hospital. He is coming home from hospital this week and is walking quite well, can speak and eat, and is progressing slowly. Some flowers and a card have been sent on behalf of the BGC members, along with our best wishes.

*** The BWMCA organisation is funding a memorial seat in honour of David Edwards,
who was a long time member of that organisation (mainly as the Treasurer) and the Buderim Foundation (for which he donated many, many bottles of superb wine for their raffles).
He was very community minded - helping with sound projects for Anzac Day and hall activities and generally where help was needed.
This seat is now established outside the Buderim Memorial Hall, facing towards the Village Park, and is surrounded by a garden which was created and will be maintained by the Buderim Garden Club's Shedders group. See photos in the Photo gallery.

 *** A Garden Workshop was held on Wednesday 18th April.  See details of this event under the "Workshops" heading on the ribbon above.

*** Anzac Day Wednesday 25th April at the Buderim Village Park.
 John Lyon, our president laid a wreath on behalf of the Garden Club.

*** A bus trip is planned for the Combined Garden Clubs' picnic on Wed. 30th May.  
See details under "Tours" heading above.

**** Patricia Graham is 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.

*** At the beginning of 2018, there were over 240 Club members.

Coming Events


May 14. African Violet Ashgrove Friendship Day......


May 26 Brisbane Plant Collectors Fair


May 27 Queensland Herb Society.. Albion


May 30th Combined Garden Clubs picnic Noosa Botanic Gardens BUS TRIP


June 9&10 Gardening on the Edge - Maleny 9 - 4pm Maleny Showgrounds


June 16 Esk Garden and Lifestyle Fair Old Esk Railway Station, Esk 8 - 3pm


July 13 -15 Queensland Garden Expo


August 4th Buderim Street Party.


October 19th – 21st Buderim Garden Festival


October 27&28  Bathurst Spring Spectacular 9 open gardens $20

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 available at BGC general meetings at a reduced price of $5.