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Buderim Garden Club


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John Lyon's Report to committee and members on the Buderim Garden Festival October 15th - 17th 2021

The 2021 Garden Festival was a resounding success. The feedback we have received has been overwhelmingly positive, visitor’s all thought the open gardens & flower/photography shows were great. We were very fortunate this year to have had wonderful weather and great crowds. What a relief after all the rain for most of the week leading up to the festival (great for open gardens), and on Friday morning, then fine for twilight markets and great sunny days Saturday & Sunday, storm came again Monday, very lucky.


Had Visitors from other Queensland areas/regions – Brisbane areas, Bribie Island, Bundaberg, Gympie, Toowoomba, Mount Tamborine that made themselves know to BGC. Plus, the many local Sunshine Coast & Noosa visitors. Again, attracting local & regional visitors to Buderim.


This year we held twilight Quality Plant Market, from 3pm-7:00 pm on Friday 15th (after trial in 2019) as well as the usual Saturday and Sunday plant markets. The Flower Show and a much-expanded Photography Exhibition were also opened on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There were 6 Exclusive Open Gardens in the Buderim area which were selected to showcase the diversity in size and style of gardening in our area. The Gardens were open Saturday 8am-4pm and Sunday 8am-3pm.


Had Bus visits from – Beenleigh (Gold Coast), Caloundra & Maryborough Garden Clubs. Had Caloundra & Sippy Downs age care homes bring their bus and on Saturday had 2 shuttle Busses, Sunday 1 bus (supplied by BGC) take people around gardens. Jenni Campbell our Bus Convenor did a great job coordinating the shuttle buses, with 125 passengers on Sat, and 39 Sunday (Total 164 people using this service). Visitors were able to see the Open Gardens without traffic and parking problems via a free shuttle bus service.


Organisation for the Festival started soon after last year’s AGM with the BGC Committee and with date claimers being sent out to all Garden Clubs. It takes a huge effort on the part of many to stage an event like the Garden Festival. My thanks go to the convenors who carried out their area of responsibility so effectively. This has been very much a team effort and I sincerely thank all the members of our management committee for their individual input and efforts as well as all the Club members who assisted with the setting up of the hall, manned stalls, assisted with buses, sat on Gardens, donated plants and entered exhibits to the competition.



This year we were fortunate to again have two major sponsors. Manawee Garden Centre sponsored the club by covering the cost of producing the tickets for the festival. They also supported the club by arranging an attractive floral display on the stage, we thank Manawee for their consistent and continued support.

We also received sponsorship from the Buderim Bendigo Community Bank. The Bank sponsored most of the cost of the buses ($1500) which allowed people free travel to the open gardens. The cost of the buses came to $2,200.00. We received much positive feedback for this free service. We are extremely grateful to the bank for their support of this community event.

This year the SCC has again required the BGC to have permit to run the event and the need to have first aiders on site. The BGC applied for and obtained a grant from SCC to train 10 members in First Aid. We thank the SCC for the grant.  



Summary, Treasure Anne will give full report on festival finances when all invoice/charges have been received.

The Draft figure has BGC making just over $12,000 profit, great outcome thanks all hard work by members.

As always it needs to be noted that it takes significant costs to stage an event like this, that most of the profits go to the beautification of Buderim, and that Buderim businesses benefit not only from our expenditure within Buderim but also from the extra customers that the festival brings to the district.



We have received excellent coverage in the media this year especially from 104.9 FM and 7 Local news.  The event was advertised widely with Garden Clubs of Queensland (QCGC Newsletter & Flyers, Emails sent to all SE Queensland Garden clubs 6 months out from event & again 2 months to go). BGC used My Open Garden - Open Gardens/Events Alert to notify people of the Garden Festival.


Buderim Garden Festival was well advertised at the Memorial Hall signage 6 weeks. Also, again this year the BGC used the festival flags and they were well displayed around Buderim.


Our festival poster/flag was on display in the Old Post Office for two weeks and at the Bendigo Community Bank Plant display for 6 weeks, to promote the Festival and I thank Steve Wikman, Ken Evans and Nev Douglas who readily helped setup & supplied their plants. At the Qld Garden Expo. 6,000 flyers were handed out at Nambour and various other locations such as local businesses and retirement centres in the months prior to the festival.


SPRING FLOWER SHOW (refer to full report from John Sargaison - Chief Show Steward)

This year, the number of cut flower entries was significantly down on the number of entries received in the 2019 Show (112 v 198).  The reduced number of entries was unfortunately consistent across all other sections excepting the Children and Photography sections. The display this year in the Hall was once again splendid in its colour and the quality of the exhibits was outstanding.


Again, this year we had the Children’s section.  This year Milford Lodge Day-care Centre were enthusiastic participants again, and as Milford Lodge was one of our open gardens, the display was set to see by all visitors to the Lodge. Also, this year the Little Village Day-care Centre also joined the Children’s Section.  We had great entries from the children at Milford Lodge based on the theme of a “Small World Potted Plant”, and Little Village had “Zoned Entries” each done to a theme by group children in aged group zones and were on display @ the hall.


Our Chief Steward and Convenor John Sargaison has once again done a wonderful job. Thank you, John and all who helped as stewards etc. during the weekend.


PHOTOGRAPHIC DISPLAY (refer to full report from Marion Upston – Photographic Convenor)

This year the Photography Exhibition (section 11) was again located in the hall foyer with specially arranged display boards, with 5 classes, 255 entries were received. The quality & standard of the photographs were excellent.


Our Convenor Marion Upston and her helpers have done a wonderful job arranging the display. Thank you, Marion.



The official opening of the Show and the presentation of trophies was again held at 2pm on the Saturday and BGC invited Marjorie Van Roy, our patron and sponsor, Peter MacDonnell from Buderim Bendigo Community Bank & sponsor, the State Member for Buderim Mr Brent Mickleburg and Local Councillor Ten Hungerford to present the trophies to the winners of the various sections.


The festival was officially opened by our patron Marjorie Van Roy.



The 2021 BGC Garden Festival featured 6 Open Gardens. The Open Gardens where selected to showcase the diversity in size and style of gardening in our area. This year due to COVID and problems getting home gardens for display, 4 gardens featured were public/private gardens, the Maroochy Bush Botanic Garden was one to try and encourage public visitors in future, the Bloomhill Cancer Care Centre was also featured and the over fifties Natures Edge complex to demonstrate small gardens in village setting.

Milford Lodge was again featured as example child care centre & gardens (was open garden in 2018, and again came onboard when 1 garden had to pull out this year). The BGC also thank very much the Sheargolds & Atkinson House for opening their gardens on behalf of the BGC. The club donated $300 to each garden to help in preparing a colourful display, which was most appreciated by the owners/organisers. 

Attendance at gardens:

 1 - Maureen & Lee Sheargold - 75 Williams St. Buderim. (Had 791 visitors – all-time record for visitors)

 2 - Natures Edge - 25 Owen Creek Road, Forest Glen. (Had 462 visitors)

 3 – Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens. (Had 255 visitors, mostly visitors to area & buses)

 4 – ‘Atkinson House’ 4 Attunga Crescent, Buderim. (Had 695 visitors)

 5 - Bloomhill Cancer Care Centre 58 Ballinger Rd, Buderim. (Had 560 visitors)

 6 – Milford Lodge 28 Gloucester Road Buderim. (Had 585 visitors)



The BGC arranged preselling of tickets from OPO, Manawee Garden Centre, Buderim News and Buderim Community Bank prior to the Festival, with some sales @ Newsagent & Manawee over the Festival weekend and we thank those outlets for their help, total 216 tickets sold. This year pre sold ticket via phone (15), next year will sell online as well. Complimentary tickets (life members, open gardens, guests and committee  - 80), discounted tickets ($12) to Garden Groups bus trips (36), Open Garden Sales (102) and $15 ticket sales @ Hall (350), totalled 800 tickets in total, not forgetting the return from $2 coin for Hall entry (total $448).



This year the BGC did not have catering in Hall, but asked the Craft Cottage to do all the catering Coffee/Cakes and Lions Club Buderim sausage sizzle Friday, Sat. & Sunday. The Craft Cottage & Lions both did a wonderful job catering for us and the public at the festival. Everything ran smoothly, great food and great service.


Again, Caryll Beck did an outstanding job of catering for workers breakfast on Friday after hall set-up and again on Sunday afternoon post festival brief (under difficult circumstances due her grandson being attacked on Saturday night, we wish Caryll & her grandson speedy recovery).  



This year we had a total of 20 raffle prizes to the value of $3,000, due to the great support by mainly Buderim and other Sunshine Coast business (see list below).  Extra special thanks to Maureen Michael our raffle convenor, and thanks committee members in assisting to obtain the great prizes.


Monster Raffle Prize Draw Order & list of Business who provided prize

1st Mitre 10 Kunda Park – Oval Bowl Cascade water feature (value $500)

2nd Ingenia Holiday Voucher – Value $500

3rd Mitre 10 Kunda Park – Cylinda Spout Cascade water feature (value $400)

4th Manawee Garden Centre- Large parcel of selected Searles Garden Products $150

5th Gift Pack of wine from State member, Brent Mickleberg + Forest Glen Café - $50 V. & coffee cup + Forest Glen Bakery – 1 X $50 voucher (value $125)

6th Bunnings $100.00 Gift Voucher

7th Chemist Warehouse Forest Glen – personal care basket products (value $100)

8th Sunshine Coast Organic meats (Kunara) Gift $50 + SG Bakery $10 V. + Worm Buffet $39 from Mitre 10 Nambour (value $100)

9th Forest Glen Bakery – 1 X $50 voucher + Forest Glen Butcher $25 V. + SG Bakery $10 V. (value $85)

10th KunaraMarketPlace Forest Glen - $50 voucher Forest Glen Butcher $25 voucher + SG Bakery $10 V. (value $85)

11th Terry White Chemist, Gift basket of personal care products + SG Bakery $10 V. (value $80)

12th Buderim Landscape Centre $50 voucher + SG Bakery $10 V. (value $60)

13th Buderim Tavern - $25 voucher + 2x1kg bags Gardenmate (Earthlife) + SG Bakery $10 V. (value $60)

14th Buderim Pharmacy - Gift box- personal care products + Castello Cafe Bar $5 V. + SG Bakery $10 V. (value$60)

15th Forest Glen Butcher $25 voucher +1x4kg Gardenmate (Earthlife) + SG Bakery $10 V. (value $50)

16th Beefys Voucher – $35 +4kg bag Gardenmate (Earthlife) (value $50)

17th Beefys Vouchers – $35 +1kg bag Gardenmate (Earthlife) + Castello Cafe Bar - $5 V. (value $45)

18th Bottle of Wine from Federal member, Ted O'Brien + Woolworths’s gift card + Castello Cafe Bar $5 Voucher (value $45)

19th Essence of Buderim Book + SG Bakery $10 V. + Castello Cafe Bar $5 V. (value $40)

20th Selection of gifts from Buderim Post Office + SG Bakery $10 V. + Castello Cafe Bar $5 Voucher (value $40)

Note – All prizes had a Gardens of Buderim book to add to prize, value $20.


Stalls Holders & BGC Plant Stall 

The lawn ‘Green’ area between the Hall and the Craft Cottage housed 13 stalls, with one stall out front of hall. BGC was very pleased with the location stalls due COVID, and the quality of the different stalls and the general flow of people traffic. Most stall holders were very pleased with their location and sales. Most expressed interest in returning next year. The Club receives 10% of the taking and this year we made $3,277.00 from the stalls.  Special thanks to Mike Kelly for arranging the stall holders that attended this year and for location/plan of marquees on the Green. Some stall holders did not attend this year (had 20 stalls in 2019) due the requirement to have stall insurance cover.


Our Club plant stall did exceedingly well and we thank all members who donated plants. We raised $3,596.00 on plant sales and this surely due to Steve Wikman and his team, many thanks. The standard and quality of donated plants from our members was very high this year, volume down but all plants sold (Steve your messages have gotten through).



I would like to thank all members of the Club who volunteered their time by sitting on gardens, working on the plant stall, selling raffle tickets and Open Garden/Hall Tickets, helped to set up for the flower/photographic show, and take it down again. Thanks to Caryll Beck and the ladies who made/served the Friday morning breakfast. I would like to thank the Convenors all of whom did a great job in their area of responsibility and who made my task much easier. I would like to thank everyone on the committee for the role they played in making this Festival the success it was, especially treasurer Anne Leach who had lots of money & finances to deal with. I must thank Kathy my wife for great cleaning of hall toilets during the festival, and helping with catering, and putting up with me and all the time I spend on the festival organisation.


John Lyon

President & Festival Organiser                                                                                                                           

Chief Steward’s Report 2021 BGC Flower Show

 In the month leading up to this years’ show we had very little rain excepting for two days in the week before the show.  This welcomed rain appears to have helped with the quality of flowers as demonstrated by the entries received this year. The number of cut flower entries was significantly down on the number of entries received in the 2019 Show (112 v 198)*. 


The reduced number of entries was unfortunately consistent across all other sections excepting the Children and Photography sections as shown in Table 1. 


Consideration should be given to ways of increasing the number of members, and in particular new members, entering both monthly and annual competitions.


Our judges for Sections 1- 9, Heather and Noel Prior were very pleased with the quality of flowers and plants entered.  It was suggested that BGC consider allowing members to use their own containers in which to display their entries.  This would enable members to prepare their entries at home and make it easier to transport entries to the show.


Consideration should be given to changing the Show rules to enable the use of display containers other than those provided by BGC.


Congratulations go to all members who submitted entries and had a go, I am sure that you enjoyed the experience of competing. 


In particular I would like to congratulate our 2021 major trophy/prize winners:

Champion Rose – Elizabeth Hales

Champion Bloom other than a Rose – Teddy Gove

Champion Flowers from Exotics – Elizabeth Hales

Champion Flowers From Natives – Nev Douglas

Champion Foliage Collection – Joy Fixter

Champion Bonsai – Reg Gibson

Champion Plant in a Standing Pot – Nev Douglas

Champion Hanging Basket – Steve Wikman

Champion Novelty Arrangement – Lynda Reynolds

Champion Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs – Cammie Pettiford

Champion Garden Photography Exhibit – Chris Holland

Encouragement Award – Cammie Pettiford

Most Points Section 1 Cut Flowers – Pamela Sheahan

Most Points Sections 6 and 7 Standing Pots/Hanging Baskets – Nev Douglas

Most Points in Show Champion Member – Teddy Gove


As mentioned previously the number of entries in the Garden Photography section increased again this year with 255 entries received across the five classes. A big change this year was the number of non-members who submitted entries in the show (69 entries).  Non-members figured prominently in the prizes taking out 10 of the 11 prizes on offer.  Members now have the challenge to keep on improving their photographic skills to get back on the winners list. 


Consideration should be given to having a guest speaker at a monthly meeting and/or running a workshop for members on garden photography.


This year non-members submitted their entries in hard copy whereas members submitted their entries in electronic format which were then bulk printed.  Judging was carried out using the hard copy of the photographs.  This variation could have provided non members with an advantage and therefore consideration should be given to having only one entry format for all, either electronic or hard copy.


Consideration should be given to:

  1. having all entries submitted and judged in electronic format to provide “a level playing field” for all entrants (also consider a fee for non-member entry to go towards covering prize monies); and
  2. setting the closing date for entries in the Photography Section at two weeks prior to the Show to enable greater time for the judging process and subsequent printing and preparation of photos for display in the Show.

The photography section set-up and judging was carried out on Thursday in the BWMCA Hall foyer.  Some of the hired display screens were in poor condition which made it difficult when mounting the photos. Also lighting in the foyer is not optimal for viewing the photography entries.


Consideration be given to:

  1. sourcing better quality screens either with existing the supplier or an alternate; and
  2. looking at ways to improve the lighting (temporary or permanent) in the foyer.

Special mention must go to Marion Upston who put in an amazing effort in preparing (printing, mounting and labeling) all of the entries for display.  The external judge for the Photography Section Barry Beckham was very impressed with the quality of images submitted. 


Two Buderim childcare centers participated in the Children’s Section, Milford Lodge (62 entries) and Little Village (7 entries).  It is always a pleasure to see the children participating in the show and hopefully encouraging a lifelong passion with gardening.  As Milford Lodge was also an open garden the entries were left there for display.  Judging was carried out on Wednesday and the entries from Little Village were picked up and staged in the Hall on Friday. 


This year we trialed the use of online entry for the Photography Section and for judging sections 1-9.  There were some minor glitches but overall, these changes worked well. Special mention goes to John Leach for his time and expertise with these initiatives. 


We also trialed improving the quality of the Class and Section award certificates by using a team of five volunteer Calligraphers who manually scribed the recipient’s names on the certificates before lamination.  BGC sincerely appreciates the effort put in by the non-member volunteers.  This part of the Show is always stressful as there is a tight turn around required and there is significant scope for error in particular at the end of a long day.  Unfortunately, there were a number of certificates with either incorrect or misspelt names entered which then caused problems and rework on Saturday. 


Consideration should be given to reverting back to entering certificate recipient names electronically in parallel with the printing of labels for the prize money envelopes to reduce the potential for error.


The Friday show set-up commenced at 7am with a good number of enthusiastic members helping out and within one and a quarter hour the hall was ready to accept entries.  It was a pleasure to watch the transformation with such a great team in action.  The set-up was followed by a very welcomed cooked breakfast provided by Caryll and her team.  It is touches like this which make the week-end such an enjoyable experience to be involved in.

Entries were accepted from 9:00am and by 2:00pm the hall was looking and smelling wonderful. Judging commenced at 2:00pm and was finished by 4:00pm and the Hall was opened to the public.  The preparation and placement of prize winner certificates was completed by 8:30pm.


Overall the judges were very complimentary with the quality and staging of the entries in this years show.  Some entries in Section 1 Cut Flowers were not prepared/staged as well as they could have been e.g flowers sitting too low in the bottle, faces of the flowers not pointing to the front, flowers crossing over to show off the best of the entry - suggested improvement being training of preparation assistants


Consideration should be given to:

having more preparation/staging presentations at monthly meetings and/or workshops; and

creating a formal role/s of “Competition Preparation Assistant” and training these members to assist in educating members when entering both the monthly and annual competitions.


Over the week-end our volunteers maintained the show exhibits in a great condition for the benefit of our visitors.  Some members went to the effort of bringing in fresh flowers on Saturday and Sunday to replace the wilting entries staged on Friday.  It was very pleasing to hear the many positive comments from our visitors who were suitably impressed with the quality of our Show.  This is something that our club should be justly proud of.


The official opening of the Show and presentation of trophies was held at 2pm on Saturday and there were a number of visitors and members present in the hall to witness this.  The State Member for Buderim Mr. Brent Mickelberg, Marjorie Van Roy, our patron and major sponsor (Manawee), Peter McDonnell (Buderim Bendigo Community Bank) our other major sponsor and Councilor Ted Hungerford participated in the opening and presentation of trophies.


Consideration should be given to the purchase of a Trophy for the Novelty Section


The show closure and dismantle again went off well due to the willing volunteers in attendance.  This year was unique in that the Hall had been rehired from 4:00pm which necessitated commencing the dismantling of the show earlier than programmed.  This did cause some problems in that some cuttings were taken without consent before the owners were present due to other volunteering commitments.


Consideration should be given to:

  1. extending the hall hiring period to enable adequate time for the orderly dismantling of the Show; and
  2. amending the Show rules to prohibit members taking any entry or part thereof, on completion of the Show, without the approval of the owner of the entry.


Following the clean-up, we held a Festival debrief in the upstairs room and Caryll again excelled with lovely food which all present thoroughly enjoyed.


In conclusion I would like to sincerely thank again those who submitted entries and to the army of volunteers that assisted in any way with the running of what was a very successful 2021 Spring Flower Show.


John Sargaison

Chief Show Steward

2021 BGC Spring Flower Show Champions and Trophy Winners


Champion Rose – Elizabeth Hales

Champion Bloom other than a Rose – Teddy Gove

Champion Flowers from Exotics – Elizabeth Hales

Champion Flowers From Natives – Nev Douglas

Champion Foliage Collection – Joy Fixter

Champion Bonsai – Reg Gibson

Champion Plant in a Standing Pot – Nev Douglas

Champion Hanging Basket – Steve Wikman

Champion Novelty Arrangement – Lynda Reynolds

Champion Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs – Cammie Pettiford

Champion Garden Photography Exhibit – Chris Holland

Encouragement Award – Cammie Pettiford

Most Points Section 1 Cut Flowers – Pamela Sheahan

Most Points Sections 6 and 7 Standing Pots/Hanging Baskets – Nev Douglas

Most Points in Show:  Champion Member – Teddy Gove

  2. BGC is Celebrating 75 Years of Friendship in Gardening 

The Annual Buderim Garden Festival will run from Friday 15 October (3pm) through to Sunday 17 October.
  1. The Festival will attract gardeners and interested spectators from around the state. The Festival will centre in and around the Buderim War Memorial Hall (corner of Main and Church Streets, Buderim). A major feature of the Festival is the competitive Spring Flower Show including cut flowers, potted plants, foliage, hanging baskets, bonsai plants and garden photography. This year, the theme of the Festival is “Blue and White”, always popular in gardens.

Adjacent to the hall there will be a Quality Plant Market selling a wide variety of garden plants such as bromeliads, gerberas, orchids, staghorns, ferns, roses, geraniums, cottage garden plants, begonias, cacti, succulents and garden novelties.

The Flower Show and Quality Plant Market, based at the Hall, will be open  - Friday 15 Oct (twilight session) 3-7pm,  Saturday 8am-4pm and Sunday 8am-2 pm. The Friday twilight session will include a sausage sizzle and coffee & cakes available from the adjacent craft cottage, which will also be open displaying a Garden Sculpture Exhibition.

There will be Exclusive Open Gardens in the Buderim area which are selected to showcase the diversity in size and style of gardening in our area.  Visitors will be able to see the Open Gardens without traffic and parking problems via a free small bus service operating from the Hall.  The gardens will be open Saturday 8am-4pm and Sunday 8am-3pm.

An inclusive weekend Festival ticket for all of the above is $15.00, or $2 entry to the Spring Flower Show in the main hall and the Garden Photography in the Hall foyer.  Pre-Festival tickets will be available at Manawee Nursery, the Old Buderim P.O., Buderim Newsagent or Buderim Bendigo Community Bank branch and on sale @ Hall during the Festival.

We welcome bus groups, and a discount to $12 is available for pre-booked groups of 10 or more. Book on 0448 714 561 or (payments can be made on line or by cheque in the mail).

Please book as early as you can, so that arrangements can be made for your tickets to be sent or, these can be picked up at the Hall on the day of your trip. 

The Craft Cottage, adjacent to the Hall, is the home of Buderim’s artists, potters and sculptors who will present their exhibitions including “The Sculptured Garden” which features sculptures, along with unique planters, outdoor wall art and functional and decorative pottery.

Next door to the Hall is St Mark's Church which will be decorated with floral arrangements. Light refreshments will be available on site at the Craft Cottage, with the Buderim Village Green across the road being an ideal place to wander and picnic.

We have two local co-sponsors - the Manawee Garden Centre and the Buderim Bendigo Community Bank branch. Manawee Garden Centre is one of QLD's best nurseries and is within easy walking distance from the Hall.  The official opening is at 2 pm Sat. 16th October.  On Sunday 17th, the Monster Raffle will be drawn at 1.00 pm and the Festival will finish at 2 pm.  

With our Flower Show this year we are introducing an easier way to submit your entries for the Garden Photography section. All you need to do is click on the button below and then insert the details and attach your photos as directed.

There are five  classes in the Garden Photography Section (see details below Show Schedule) and each person can submit up to  three entries in each class. Please note that entries for the Garden Photography section close on Friday, 8 October.

Spring Flower Show Schedule 2021

“Celebrating 75 years of Friendship through gardening”


Buderim Garden Festival 2021


Spring Flower Show Schedule


Venue: Buderim War Memorial Hall



Hall Set-Up:                                     Friday 15 October                                                                        7:00am – 9:00am


Acceptance of Entries:                Friday 15 October                                                                        9:00am – 2:00pm*


Judging of Entries:                       Friday 15 October                                                                        2:00pm – 4:30pm


Show Open:           

-         Friday 15 October            5:00pm – 7:00pm


-         Saturday 16 October       8:00am – 4:00pm


-         Sunday 17 October          8:00am – 1:00pm


* Entries in Section 11 Garden Photography must be submitted by 4pm, Friday 8 October

Presentation of Prizes:               Saturday 16 October                                                                   2:00pm


Show Raffle Drawn:                    Sunday 17 October                                                                      12:00pm


Removal of Entries:                     Sunday 17 October                                                                      1:30pm – 2:30pm


Submission of an entry into the Show is Free


Buderim Garden Club (BGC) members and non-members can submit entries



Show Enquiries: Chief Show Steward: John Sargaison

Tel: 0490 770 547


In conjunction with the Spring Flower Show:

·        Open Gardens:

-         Saturday 8:00am - 4:00pm and

-         Sunday 8:00am - 2:00pm;

·        Quality plant market in Buderim War Memorial Hall grounds:

-         Friday 3:00 – 7:00pm

-         Saturday 8:00am – 4:00pm

-         Sunday 8:00am – 2:00pm

·        Refreshments available Saturday and Sunday in the Buderim War Memorial Hall precinct.


Garden Festival further information:


Conditions of Show Entry and Rules


1.       Every care will be taken of exhibits however BGC will accept no responsibility for damage to or loss of exhibits.

2.       A maximum of 3 entries per exhibitor in each class.

3.       All exhibits in Sections 1-7 and 9 must be the property of and have been grown by the exhibitor for at least 3 months prior to entry.

4.       Exhibitors in Sections 1-4 must use containers provided by BGC.

5.       The stem of exhibits in Sections 1-4 must be clearly visible at the neck of the container.

6.       Exhibits in Sections 1-4 may be wedged at the neck of the container, with plastic tubing or similar, but staking of the stem above the container is not permitted. It is better to insert the stem between the container and plastic tubing rather than the middle of the plastic tubing.

7.       Special arrangements will be approved for supporting flowers of climbers / vines (Sections 2/26 and 3/28).

8.       Exhibits in Sections 6/7 must only be shown in the pots / containers / baskets that they have been growing in, without an additional display container or covering.

9.       Section 11 Garden Photography – additional rules are detailed in this section.

10. Exhibitors are responsible for the arrangement of their exhibits before staging.

11. Only Stewards and Judges will be allowed to touch/move entries once staged in the hall.

12. Points to determine Trophy/Champion Exhibit winners may be awarded in each class, as follows: First - 5 points, Second - 3 points.

13. No person other than the Judges and Stewards are to be present during judging.

14. Prizes may be awarded in each class at the discretion of the Judges (1st = $10, 2nd = $5).

15. The judge’s decision will be final.

16. Prize money can be collected from the Chief Show Steward or nominee any time after 12:00 noon on the Saturday.

17. Hours of entry acceptance will be strictly adhered to.

18. No exhibit is to be removed from the show benches until the Show closes on Sunday and the Chief Steward has approved the commencement of removal.


Please note, entries in Sections 1 – 3 are expected to last 3 days and where possible exhibitors should replace spent flowers, where required, to maintain the overall quality of the show.


Section 1 – Cut Flowers





1                  Spike – 1 flower stem, multiple flowers (e.g. snapdragon, stock, foxglove, delphinium, lupin)

2                  Spathe Anthurium – 1 flower head

3                  Spathe (other)– 1 flower head (spike with single large bract) e.g. spathiphyllum

4                  Hippeastrum – 1 flower stem

5                  Clivia – 1 flower stem

6                  Any other Bulb or Corm – 1 flower stem (e.g. gladioli, Jacobean lily)

7                  Heliconia and Strelitzia – 1 flower stem

8                  Any other Rhizome or Tuber – 1 flower stem (e.g. ginger, iris, dahlia)

9                  Rose hybrid tea – 1 flower stem

10            Rose other – 1 flower stem (e.g. climbing, floribunda, scrambling, miniature)

11            Orchid Crucifix – 3 flower stems

12            Orchid other – 1 flower stem

13            Pansy or Viola – 3 flowers on saucer, stems through absorbent paper

14            Nasturtium – 3 stems with flowers and leaves

15            Nasturtium – massed container of flowers

16            Salvias – 3 flower stems from same plant/species

17            Geranium any colour – 1 flower stem of any type / species

18            Composite flowers – any colour – 3 flower stems (e.g. daisy, gerbera, marigold, sunflower)

19            Other species – 3 matched stems of flowers not covered by classes 11,14, 16 or 18 (e.g. carnation, sweet pea)

20            A single flower/head – 1 flower stem (e.g. carnation, daisy, geranium, gerbera)

21            Collection of flowers, all same type/species – multiple flowers (flowers from Section 1 only)

22            Collection of flowers, mixed type/species – multiple flowers/flower stems (flowers from Section 1 only)



Section 2 – Flowers From Exotics (soft shrub, woody shrub, tree, climber)




23            Hibiscus – 1 flower

24            Shrub, soft-medium stem (short-medium height) – 3 flower heads (e.g. azalea, butterfly bush, ixora, pentas, shrimp plant, vireya)

25            Shrub, medium woody – 1 flower stem (e.g. calliandra, camellia, crepe myrtle, tibouchina)

26            Tree or climber - 1 stem (e.g. bougainvillea, jade vine, Rangoon creeper)



Section 3 – Flowers From Natives


27            Shrub or Ground Cover – 3 stems with flowers (e.g. bottlebrush, grevillea, wattle, banksia, boronia, eremophila)

28             Tree, Climber or Vine not specified – 1 stem with flower head (e.g. firewheel, Frazer Is. Creeper, gum, wonga vine, tree waratah)



Section 4 – Foliage Collection (maximum height 500mm)


29            Croton – 3 stems

30            Coleus – 3 stems

31            Cordyline – 3 stems

32            Foliage collection, other, single species – 3 stems (e.g. aglaonema, caladium, fern)

33            Foliage collection, mixed species – 3 to 5 stems

34            Foliage collection, massed container – maximum 8 stems



Section 5 – Bonsai


35            Novice Bonsai – entrant has not won two first prizes in Bonsai competitions

36            Open Bonsai



Section 6 – Plants in Standing Pots



37            Fern – single species

38            Begonia – flowering or not       

39            Bromeliad - flowering or not

40            Anthurium - flowering or not

41            Dieffenbachia - flowering or not

42            Agloanema - flowering or not

43            Foliage Plant (not otherwise specified)

44            Plant in flower (not otherwise specified)

45            Succulent or cactus – single species

46            Succulent or cactus - mixed species

47            Multi planted pot - with 3 or more species (flowering or not)

48            Orchid in flower



Section 7 - Hanging Baskets/Pots/Plants (also air plants)


49            Fern – single species

50            Foliage Plant

51            Flowering Plant

52            Tillandsia / Air Plant exhibit




Section 8 - Novelty Arrangement


53            Boot / Shoe with flowers*

54            Teapot with flowers*

55            Open Design with plant and/or flowers* (base no larger than 30cm square and be able to sit on the display table).       


            * No artificial flowers allowed

Section 9 – Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs


56            Any Fruit

57            Single Vegetable in pot

58            3 Salad greens in pot/container – leaf vegetables (e.g. lettuce, mizuma, rocket, cress, chives, shallot)

59            Single Herb in pot

60            3 Herbs in pot/container – leaf, seed or root (e.g. coriander, basil, mint)

61            Massed collection of edibles – maximum 10 (e.g. fruit, vegetable or herb)


Section 10 – Children “Small World” Potted Plant


62            Decorated “Small World” Potted Plant – Daycare (0 – 3 year old), using a potted plant/s create your own small world design around your plant/s

63            Decorated “Small World” Potted Plant – Daycare (4 -5 year old), using a potted plant/s create your own small world design around your plant/s


Section 11 – Garden Photography (Unframed)


64            Single Flower

65            Multiple Flower

66            Flowers produced by bulbs, corms or rhizomes

67            Flowering native plant – small plant, shrub or tree

68            Fauna in local garden

·        the exhibitor must have taken the photograph and the photo must not have been previously entered in a BGC photo competition

·        photographs can be submitted either *:

o   electronically in JPEG format via email to or

o   printed (150 x 200 mm - 6 x 8 in) and mailed (or handed) to Marion Upston (Show Photo Competition, PO Box 626, Buderim, QLD 4556)

o   with both electronic and printed entries the following details must be provided: member’s club number, class number and title (as detailed in the BGC Show Schedule) and photo title (e.g. name of plant in photo) -with prints write these details on the back of the photo, with a soft pencil, so that the details do not damage the photo

Non-members must provide their name and phone number, class number and title (as detailed in the BGC Show Schedule) and photo title (e.g. name of plant in photo)

N.B. the closing date for entries in Section 11 is 4:00pm, Friday 8 October

* non-members may only submit printed entries in Section 11

List of Perpetual Trophies and Prizes


Best Buderim Garden Club Member in Show

-         most points overall in show “Manawee Plant Nursery Trophy” plus $25


Encouragement Award

-         Gordon Eaton Memorial Vase


Section 1 – Cut Flowers

-         Champion Rose “Nelva Russell Memorial Cup” plus $15

-         Champion Bloom (other than rose) “Geoff Drury Memorial” plus $15

-         Most Points “Maroochy Shire Bi-Centennial” plus $15


Section 2 – Flowers From Exotics

-         Champion Exhibit “Buderim Chronicle Rose Bowl Trophy” plus $15


Section 3 – Flowers From Natives

-         “Buderim Garden Village Trophy” plus $15


Section 4 – Foliage

-         “Buderim Garden Club Inc. 2011 – 65th Birthday Trophy” plus $15


Section 5 – Bonsai

-         “Buderim Garden Club Inc. 2011 – 65th Birthday Trophy” plus $15



Section 6 – Pot Plants

-         Champion Exhibit “C. Brentnall Trophy” plus $15


Section 7 – Hanging Baskets/ Pots/Plants

-         Champion Exhibit “Buderim Garden Club Trophy” plus $15

-         Most points Sections 6 and 7 (container plants) “Maroochy Shire Bi-Centennial” plus $15


Section 8 – Novelty Arrangement

-         Champion Exhibit, cash prize only $15


Section 9 – Vegetables and Herbs

-         “Buderim Garden Club Inc. Vegetables and Herbs” plus $15


Section 10 – Children’s Small World Potted Plant

-         Class 63 $10

-         Class 64 $10

-     Class 65 $10


Section 11 – Garden Photography

-         Best exhibit “Buderim Garden Club – 75th Birthday Trophy” plus $15

Buderim Garden Club



President: John Lyon

Secretary: Rosemary Simmons

Treasurer: Veronica Young


Founded in 1946, the Club has approximately 280 members and welcomes residents of Buderim and surrounding districts.


Club meetings are held at 2:00pm on the second Friday of each month from February to November in the Buderim Memorial Hall on the corner of Church and Main Streets, Buderim.  Meetings include:

-         a guest speaker;

-         flower and photography competitions;

-         free seed bank;

-         library;

-         plant stalls; and

-         afternoon tea


Tours, both one day and longer, garden workshops, working bees at the Edna Walling Memorial Garden and around the Memorial Hall are organized throughout the year.


Annual membership of the club is $10.


A monthly newsletter is issued to members and regular updates are available on our club website:


Contact Details:




Mobile phone: 04 4871 4561


Mailing address: P.O. Box 626, Buderim, QLD, 4556


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