Buderim garden club bus trip, tuesday 26th September
On Tuesday, 26th September, 45 Garden Club
members enjoyed 3 gardens and a delicious lunch in bright sunny weather.
Karen O' Connor, the bus tour co-ordinator reports:
It was a warm day for the bus trip. Wests picked us all up and took us to Frank and Ann Tuckers garden, right next to the driveway, despite difficult access.
Everyone enjoyed the anthuriums, tillandsias, bromeliads and flowering orchids. Frank and Ann did a great job keeping everything looking wonderful despite the dry weather. Frank gave some helpful information and Doreen and Ann prepared morning tea of warm fruit buns with butter as well as biscuits, and people either sat and relaxed enjoying the view of the garden, or wandered around. The furry mascot got lots of pats and found Elenas jacket very comfortable! The butcher birds had their own morning tea and didn’t bother anyone. John will present a gift to Frank and Ann at the next meeting.
We stopped for a toilet break at lovely park at The Avenue, Peregian Springs and had a look at the duck pond full of water lillies, then continued on to Stringybark Cottage at Verrierdale. The cost was reduced due to the drought. Cheryl provided a car shuttle for those who needed some help along the driveway then showed us through and talked about the garden. There was a lot to look at while wandering around and lots of photos taken of plants, flowers, various sculptures and some plants for sale. There was a magnificent jade vine flowering and Fraser Island creepers flowering. Another furry friend accompanied us! Our driver Paul very skillfully parked the bus as close as he could along the driveway so we could depart easily.
Lunch at the Imperial Hotel was fabulous and everyone enjoyed a cold drink especially the Eumundi craft beer. The staff looked after us very well and we had plenty of time to eat and drink before getting on the bus to go to Tinbeerwah.
Bill met us at the front of his property and showed us his unusual tropical vines growing over some very strong supports. He told us about the soil on the property and plants he had collected from afar, there were some spectacular red flowers on the vines. Maxina and Thelma were fascinated with the non edible figs! A few people bought plants which Bill had prepared for us including various coloured Fraser Island creepers, however a hail storm the week before our visit had caused some damage. Again, our driver Paul reversed the bus along the driveway and into the garden for us to get on.
The numbered boxes provided by our President, John were very helpful for transporting plants and then unloading them at the correct stops on the way home.
Our bus driver Paul turned out to have a very good singing voice en route to home and sang for us after telling us where to view his Christmas lights display. (357 Chevallum Road)
We had a great day out, were well looked after by our hosts
and saw some very interesting gardens that we would not have been able to do
other than with the garden club. The wind changed to a cool breeze on the way
home, which was very welcome.
Photos from the day can be seen on the Photo Gallery section, or on Facebook