Buderim Garden Club

Buderim Garden Club

The Edna Walling Garden Working Group have shifted their gardening efforts to the gardens around the old Buderim Post Office.

In 2021, this group is co-ordinated by Mike Kelly (who is always looking for more helpers)

The S.C. Regional Council now solely maintain the Edna Walling gardens.

Each year around the time of Edna Walling's passing on 8 August, the Buderim Garden Club hosts a breakfast to celebrate her life at the Memorial Garden, at Quorn Ct., Buderim following the regular Working Bee.

This year the event was held on Monday 19 August 2019 at 7.30 am and a barbecue breakfast was served.
The talents of Edna Walling was also celebrated.
In part, this breakfast is also a way to say thank you to those volunteers who have worked throughout the year each month, and it is also an opportunity to say thank you to Garden Club members who have so kindly provided plants to regenerate the garden.  It has been most appreciated, and these people  received a personal invitation to this Annual Edna Walling Garden celebratory breakfast.

Trevor Bartholdt, The Maroochydore Council Support Officer, joined the Edna Walling Working Group.
This annual breakfast was ably prepared by our Garden Club President, John Lyon and Kathy Lyon, who cleaned the BBQ beforehand. 

The Sunshine Coast Regional Council will continue to maintain this garden from the start of 2020.

 *** Leanne sent her Edna Walling report as follows to the August committee meeting.

The Edna Walling Garden Working Group has met each month, on the third Monday morning, since February this year.  In summer our group meets at 6am to avoid the heat and in winter at 6.30 am. 
The group consists of:

Leanne Crowe, Mike Kelly, Nev Douglas, Ken Evans, Tom Crerar, Rosemary Simmons, Denise Topfer

Trevor Bartholdt the Parks and Community Support Officer from the Sunshine Council has been a regular visitor to the Garden. In February he provided an overview of our Volunteer responsibilities and handed each participant induction information and visibility vests. In addition throughout the year he has been very generous with garden equipment and supplies. 

Garden Club members have been very generous providing established plant cutting to replenish the garden and from February through to June the garden received a good deal of welcoming rain which helped to establish the plants.

Key access to the Council Garden Shed for garden hoses, signage and visibility cones was not possible for a few months but has now been reinstated.

The last two months have been particularly dry and the arrival of August winds and a scrub turkey has meant that much of the leaf mulch from the heavily treed Garden has been removed.  The result is that the Garden is looking a little sad and some of the plants stressed.


Early this year Maxina Williams provided a talk to a group of visitors to the Garden about Edna Walling.


The annual breakfast in honour of Edna (and to thank the volunteers) was held, as is the tradition, in August. 
Club President John Lyon and his wife Kathy prepared a barbecue breakfast.  Guests at the breakfast also included Vonnie Young, Bev Shouten, Trevor Barhtholdt, Noel Williams and Maxina Williams.

Primarily work has involved sweeping pathways, watering and planting cuttings.  The suggestion has been made that planting drought and shade tolerant plants such as native grasses would be more suitable to the garden.

*** At the July Edna Walling Working Bee, the Council kindly delivered some river washed stones for our group to replenish the pathway that was looking a bit worse for wear.  Tom, Mike, Nev and Ken were ably assisted by Rosemary and Denise to spread the load.   

We were told that the stones originally came from a gold mine, however they had clearly been worked over a number of times before they were delivered to us! No "Eureka" could be heard from any of our group!

Thanks to all the garden Club members who have so kindly donated plants to the Garden.  They are appreciated.
Recently, Leanne found this clip about Edna Walling, so here it is FYI.

Bickleigh Vale Village - Melbourne

Edna Walling bought a 10 ha parcel of land in the 1920's, in what was then the countryside, but today is better known as the unassuming suburb of Mooroolbark.

The landscape design included her signature stone walls, steps, ponds, arbours and winding gravel drives.
Walling spent most of her working life in this idyllic setting but as suburbia encroached she packed up and retired to another garden paradise, here in Buderim Queensland in 1967.

Her Estate has remained and seems always to be in the hands of people sympathetic to her ideals. 

Our Group meets on the 3rd Monday each month at 6 am in Summer and 6.30 am in Winter. 
Anyone interested in joining is welcome to contact me on 0408772893 - Leanne.

At the March working bee at the Edna Walling Gardens, it was pleasing to see relatively new members giving a hand at pruning, weeding and generally tidying up this area.

Denise Topfer and Rosemary SImmons have now joined the group.

Lindsay Robinson receives an award

At the QCGC's 2018 Christmas lunch, Lindsay Robinson received the award for the "Most contribution by an individual to a Garden Club"

The photo shows Lindsay being presented with this award by Dale Ardvisson, the Curator of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha and the Sherwood Arboretum.

Lindsay was nominated by the Buderim Garden Club in recognition of his co-ordination of the Edna Walling Gardens maintenance group.


Lindsay Robertson made an
Honorary Life Member

At the November 2018 AGM, President John Lyon  presented life membership of the Club to Lindsay Robertson in recognition of his service to the Club by co-ordinating the Edna Walling Memorial Garden working group for the last 12 years.
Edna Walling garden working bees are held on the 3rd Monday of the month, starting at 6 a.m in the summer.  Join Leanne Crowe & Ken Evans and others in the early morning shade.

The Edna Walling Memorial Garden is located at the entrance to the Buderim Forest Park, at the end of Quorn Ct., Buderim.

Edna Walling tribute, written by Brad Neal in Week end notes website  2018.

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Edna Walling's legacy in sub-tropical Queensland
Having grown up near landscape gardener and designer Edna Walling's signature gardens at the Bickley Vale estate in Melbourne, and knowing that she spent most of her life in the area, I was surprised to find an Edna Walling tribute garden on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, some 1500 km to the north. I was visiting the Buderim Forest Park to see a waterfall when I stumbled across this garden by accident. This free public memorial garden initially feels like it is located in a very odd spot, wrapping around a car park for the Buderim Forest Park. As I stepped out of my car and walked along the meandering path between the bunds of the tribute garden, I wondered to myself, why would a small community in Queensland want to pay tribute to a landscape designer from Melbourne?

Fortunately, a stone marker with a plaque was able to inform me that after Edna Walling spent most of her career in Melbourne, she retired to the Buderim area on the Sunshine Coast in the 1960s, where she designed several gardens in the local area. Edna Walling passed away in 1973 and as with many artists, the garden didn't formally recognise her contributions to the local area until two decades later in 1995. The garden is only small, but is well maintained and mimics some of the key elements of Walling's style, within a sub-tropical context. To view the garden, you can park at the end of Quorn Close in the Buderim Forest Park.

For those unfamiliar with Edna Walling's landscaping style, she was known for re-creating cottage gardens that captured a sense of warmth and cosiness within the Australian landscape. Often there is something hidden or beyond in her gardens. Her curved, low stone walls and narrow enclosed laneways bordered by vegetation, only allow glimpses of stone cottages up ahead, before opening up like a new discovery. She also utilised many indigenous plants, despite drawing from a European landscaping tradition.
There is a
Edna Walling Lane in the Bickley Vale Estate in Mooroolbark, Melbourne

Bickley Vale Road and Edna Walling Lane in Mooroolbark in Melbourne are public roads that you can walk down to take in Walling's Bickley Vale Estate. It is a bit tight for vehicles due to the extremely small turning circle at the end of the lane, so it is best to park on Pembroke Road and walk in. The properties are private unless opened as part of one of the publicised open days that occur from time to time. One of the cottages, Sonning, was Walling's residence.

When visiting the Edna Walling tribute garden in Buderim, take some time to visit the adjacent Buderim Forest Park, which was the main purpose for the car park that houses the garden. There are a few articles on Weekend Notes with personal impressions of visiting Buderim Forest Park and its main feature, Serenity Falls.

Edna Walling Memorial  Garden

Monthly working bees are carried out by club volunteers at the Edna Walling Garden adjacent to the entrance of Buderim Forest Park (Quorn St., Buderim).
The garden has to date been beautifully maintained by Lindsay Robertson and his team of volunteers.
However, Lindsay is calling it a day and Ken Evans, Tom Crerar and Leanne Crowe will now maintain this area and would like some new volunteers.  They want to meet on the 3rd Monday of each month, and at 6 a.m. during the summer months.
Contact the 2019 co-ordinator, Leanne, if you would like to help  Ph 0408 772 893

The Edna Walling Garden group met in August 2018 to carry out their monthly maintenance of the Garden. It desperately needs rain but at least there were no weeds. Sunshine Coast Council Parks Community Support Officer Trevor Bartholdt paid the group a visit to see how things are going. Pictured are Arch Cook, Richard Scott, Maxina Williams, Bev Robertson, Trevor Bartholdt, Ken Evans, Heather Scott and Group Co-ordinator Lindsay Robertson.
Check out this link for some information about Edna Walling   http://www.tantamount.com.au/walling/edna/


The Edna Walling Memorial Garden is located at the entrance to the Buderim Forest Park, at the end of Quorn Ct., Buderim. 

Lindsay Robinson heads up the dedicated little group which meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6.30 am in the cooler months. In May we were pleased to welcome new Club member Ken Waugh to the group and we planted some Liriope (a variegated ornamental grass) and carried out general maintenance. We now have access to the Council store room so we can put out some witches hats for our safety and we are also able to store our hose there, which is a considerable improvement on the bucket brigade we’ve had to make do with previously.

Enquiries : Lindsay Robertson 5456 1268


Edna Walling history and story

The ABC produced a wonderful article on Edna Walling in 2011, her timeline, gardens she designed, quotes from people she knew and other items about this remarkable woman. Click on www.abc.net.au/walling for this great article and information on her.

Thanks to former President, Gwyneth Sadgrove and her husband Robert who approached the council for land to develop this garden memorial, and Mr. Eaton, Rita's husband who did much of the early planting, we now have a lasting memorial to this great lady who designed some of the most wonderful gardens in Australia in the early part of the 20th Century.  Gardens for Dame Nellie Melba and Dame Elizabeth Murdoch to name just a couple.  She spent the last 6 years of her life in Buderim in Bendles.


The Little Girl Who Loved Donkeys

This sweet little book is available in the BGC library. It is written by Esme Johnstone and is a personal account of Edna Walling's life. It is worth reading this little gem.