2018 President’s Report
I present my report to the Buderim Garden Club (BGC) for 2018. This year has again been packed with activities and it has been wonderful to see so many new members join our club.
The BGC Management committee for 2018 has done a wonderful job and I especially would like to thank all the committee on behalf of BGC for their service and dedication during the year, with special thanks going to our hard-working secretary Monika and our very efficient treasurer Lesley and Vice President John Sargaison. Also, all the Co-opted members have done a wonderful job during the year, many thanks for your work and dedication to the BGC.
Our general meetings have been well attended (100 plus members or more on average) and I thank the members for your attendance and support during 2018. At the meetings the Hall Stage/Flowers competition has always looked great, thanks to Shirley and her helpers. The plant sales have had a great variety available for all members, at very reasonable prices.
The new format for Raffle, members sign in and members’ door prize has worked well, thanks to Cassy & Noel for membership items, Cassy, Lois and Maxina for raffle and Erica Burford for plant of the month.
The high-profile guest speakers have been interesting and with lots of enthusiasm and goodies to share with BGC members or for sale. The members’ talks have been well received and interesting, especially the sessions by the 3 Amigos (Ken Evans, Robin Porter & Steve Wikman). I’d like to thank all the members that have given talks this year, thanks to Jenni Campbell for organising the great array of speakers.
How lucky are we to have Marjorie Van Roy as the Patron of the Buderim Garden Club? At the August meeting Marjorie presented a great talk on Citrus and then joined the Amigos to answer your questions on Citrus & Fruit Trees, Thanks Marjorie for your and Manawee’s continued support of the BGC.
Our newsletter has again been well received by our members, with new format of monthly editions, and thanks to Patricia James for keeping us informed and educated again for another year.
Edna Walling Garden & Garden Shedders.
These are monthly working bees carried out by dedicated Club Volunteers, at the Edna Walling Garden, Lindsay Robinson and his team of helpers maintain the garden, unfortunately this will be Lindsay’s last year as coordinator, and also some of the great volunteers will also not be helping out again. On behalf of the BGC I thank you all for your service & dedication to the gardens’ upkeep. Thanks too Leanne Crowe and some new volunteers who have put their hand up with change of day to third Monday morning of month.
The "Garden Shedders" work in the gardens adjacent to the Buderim Memorial Hall. I’d like to thank all the volunteers who have worked on the gardens during the year, especially Teddy Gove who has been the coordinator of the group this year.
This year we have had a number of interesting and informative workshops, organised by Steve Wikman. The highlight would have to be the workshop at Caryll Beck’s & Ken Evan’s gardens. Many thanks Steve, for your hard work in organising all of these.
New Members Morning Teas
These are held twice a year to introduce new members to the committee and the various activities of the club. They have been very well attended and special thanks to Kathy my wife, for hosting these at our home.
This year our tour coordinator Karen O’Conner organised 4 great bus trips, with the Noosa Garden Picnic and the Brisbane Expo trips being my highlight of all the great tours. Special thanks to Karen for organising all the bus trips. The disappointment being the lack of numbers attending, please give us your feedback on what you want with tours?
BGC Events Attended.
Other great events attended by the BGC were the Australia Day Parade, Anzac Parade, Queensland Garden Expo at Nambour and the Buderim Street Party. The BGC is gaining a bit of a reputation handing out so many plants, particularly the Broms, and people seem genuinely pleased to receive them. I must say a special thanks to those members that supplied plants & helped on the night.
Bev Schouten (Gourlay) did a great job in organising the Foote Sanctuary Concert, which is turning into quite an event at the Foote Sanctuary and is enjoyed by many locals and visitors to Buderim. The BGC stall was well received and thanks to all who helped run the stall and supplied plants.
Donations & Work done by BGC in 2018
- During 2018 the BGC donated $2000 to BWMCA for Buderim tree lighting project (being held up by council red tape).
- Foote Sanctuary was given $500 towards tree replacement project.
- In conjunction with the Buderim Lions club the BGC gave $1000 towards Chappy Dave’s Garden project @ Buderim Mountain SS, and carried out plantings for the project.
- The BGC constructed and planted the new memorial garden/seat @ hall. The Men’s Shed, BWMCA, Friends of Buderim & the Buderim Foundation also made contributions towards the project. The Shedder’s group will now maintain this garden.
The 2018 BGC Festival is our major event for year. This year, the colour “purple” was featured, as exemplified by the Jacaranda Trees that bloom in Buderim during spring.
The Festival featured 6 Open Gardens. The Spring Flower Show featured cut flowers, novelty arrangements, hanging baskets, bonsai plants, photographs in the Hall, and adjacent to the Hall, there was the annual Quality Plant Markets.
One of the significant changes this year that accounted for record entries, was with the Children’s section. This year Milford Lodge Day-care Centre (one of the open gardens) were enthusiastic to participate, so the Children’ Section was changed to two classes for children 0-3 and 4-5-year-old. We had 80 great entries from the children at Milford Lodge based on the theme of a “Small World Potted Plant”. Visitor feedback was outstanding for the children’s entries & the garden/facilities at the103-year-old Milford Lodge.
The weekend before and week leading up to the festival saw about 300mm of rain fall, looked like we may not be favoured with ideal weather conditions; but the Festival weekend had great sunny weather, with great visitor numbers. The quality and presentation of our Flower Competition & Open Gardens were outstanding.
I’d like to thank all the members who volunteered to help as garden sitters, hall attendants & plant sales assistants and especially all who helped set up & pack up the hall.
We now all look forward to our final function for 2018, our Christmas Lunch, again being held at Headlands Golf Club. I’d like to thank Lois & Maxina, who are organizing the Function & not to forget Bill & Noel who always help out.
I wish all our members good health and happiness for the coming months.