Buderim Garden Club

Buderim Garden Club

Sadly, the 2020 Garden Festival has been cancelled. 
Next year will be our 75th anniversary, so we'll make it very special then

After November 2019 committee meeting, the final Financials for the Garden Festival have been confirmed – Profit for 2019 Festival is $10,039.82
a great effort by all Members/Helpers and committee.

Buderim Garden Club 2019 Spring Flower Show Report

John Sargaison - Chief Show Steward

In the months leading up to this years’ Show we had unseasonably dry weather fortunately however we did receive good rain one week out.  This welcomed rain helped to produce many quality flowers as demonstrated by the entries received this year. The number of cut flower entries was up on that entered in the 2018 Show (257 v 238).  Our judges, Heather and Noel Prior were very pleased with the quality of flowers and plants entered and in particular with the entries in the hippeastrum cut flower class.  

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 list and congratulate our 2019 major trophy/prize winners:

Champion Bloom:                               Reg Gibson

Champion Bloom other than a rose:     Teddy Gove

Flowers from Exotics:                         Kim Bendall

Flowers from Natives:                         Teddy Gove

Foliage Collection:                              Ken Evans

Bonsai:                                               Reg Gibson

Plants in Standing Pots:                       Nev Douglas

Hanging Baskets:                                 Reg Gibson

Novelty Arrangement:                         Lynda Reynolds

Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs:                Shirley McDonald

Garden Photography:                          John Sargaison

Encouragement Award:                       Kim Bendall

Most Points Section 1:                         Rod Nicholls

Most Points Sections 6&7                    Reg Gibson

Most Points all Sections                      Ken Evans

The Friday show set-up commenced at around 7am with a good number of enthusiastic members helping out and within one and a half hours 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 for the first time on a Friday at 4:30pm. 

This year our Show had 11 sections with 68 classes for members and non-members to enter in. In total we received 684 entries, this compares with 577 in 2018, 480 in 2017 and 450 in 2016.  The growth in overall entries this year was mainly due to the increased number of entries in the Garden Photography section that received 207 entries in comparison with 78 entries in 2018.  The photography section was displayed in the foyer this year and I would like to acknowledge Merryn and her helpers for such a wonderful display.  Further information on the Photography Section will be provided in a separate report prepared by Merryn.

Also of note was the Children’s section where we had two local day-care centres participating in two classes 0-3 and 4-5 year old. Children from Milford Lodge provided individual entries whereas the entries from Little Village Day Care were “class” entries.  In total we had 48 entries in the Children’s section and we received great feedback from the public and members.

Overall the judges were very complimentary with the quality and staging of the entries in this years show.  There were a few observations noted whereby improvements could be made next year:

  1. There were some entries staged in the incorrect class which immediately disqualified them – suggested improvements being tighter control over entry staging and training of preparation assistants / stewards
  2. There were a number of entries in classes requiring multiple stems of foliage (usually three) where the entries had slipped down into their bottles and more than three stems were showing at the top of the bottle which disqualified them – suggested improvement is to explore florist‘s foam or similar which fit neatly into the neck of the bottles with three holes in the foam
  3. Some entries in the flower sections were not prepared as well as they could have been to show off the best of the entry - suggested improvement being training of preparation assistants

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 flowers staged on Friday.  It was very pleasing to hear the many positive comments from our visitors who were suitably impressed with the size and 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), Rick Beasley (Buderim Bendigo Community Bank) our other major sponsor and Councillor Ted Hungerford participated in the opening and presentation of trophies.

The show closure and dismantle again went off extremely well due to the great turn out of volunteers.  Following the clean up we held a Festival debrief and Caryll again excelled with lovely home cooked food which all present thoroughly enjoyed.

To run a successful show of this size involves many activities and in turn these activities working seamlessly together to produce a great outcome.  Some activities are straight forward and/or don’t have critical time paths and others are more difficult and have tight time constraints.  One of the more difficult activities which also comes with tight time constraints is the preparation of the winning entries and champion certificates which you see on the hall tables.  The person who does this job is Monika and she has excelled this year by having the majority of certificates printed and laminated on the Friday evening.

There are many other people that I would like to single out for special mention however for fear of missing someone out I will not – you know who you are and if I have not yet personally thanked you for you valued efforts please accept my sincere thanks.

In conclusion I would like to sincerely thank again the members who submitted entries and to the army of volunteers that assisted in any way with the running of what was a very successful 2019 Flower Show.

Below are Championship Winners


Buderim Garden Festival October 18th - 20th 2019 Report by Co-Ordinator John Lyon

Over the weekend of 18th, 19th and 20th October 2019, the annual Buderim Garden Festival attracted many gardeners and interested spectators from around the state.


We had Bus visits from – Caloundra, Clayfield-Ashfield, Elanora (Gold Coast), Laidley & Ormeau (Gold Coast) Garden Clubs, totalling 155 visitors. Leanne Crowe our Bus Convenor will give detailed report on bus visitors.


We had Visitors from other Queensland areas/regions – Brisbane areas, Bribie Island, Bundaberg, Bryon Bay, Gladstone, 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.


The 2019 Garden Festival was a resounding success. This year we trailed a twilight Quality Plant Market, from 5pm-7:00 pm on Friday 18th 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. Visitors were able to see the Open Gardens without traffic and parking problems via a free small bus service. The Gardens were open Saturday 8am-4pm and Sunday 8am-3pm.


The feedback we have received has been overwhelmingly positive, visitor’s all thought the gardens &  Flower/Photography shows were great.
We were fortunate this year to have had mostly wonderful weather on Friday & Sunday with rain during Saturday, but great crowds even during the rain.


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 which this year came to $1147.00. They also supported the club by arranging an attractive floral display on the stage and front door, 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 $1995.00. 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 BGC received $1000.00 Grant from the Sunshine Coast Regional Council (SCRC), we thank the SCRC for their support.


This year the SCRC has made the 2019 Garden Festival more difficult to organise by requiring the BGC to have a permit to run the event months after most organising has been done and the need to have first aider on site and next year the need to have a traffic management/engineer organise the visits to open gardens.


 Lesley will have full breakdown of finances in her report.

The final figures have as yet not been confirmed but it is in the order of a profit of over $9,600.


As always it needs to be noted that it takes significant costs to stage an event like this, that all 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 the print media. Leanne Crowe provided great promotion to supply bus trips information on the festival, and Monika used her many contacts to ensure the event was advertised widely with Garden Clubs of Queensland. 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 & the Uniting Church. Also, again this year the BGC used the Festival flags and they were well displayed around Buderim and Teddy Gove provided 4 hanging baskets that were displayed @ the hall, thanks Teddy, they had great comments from public.


Our Festival poster was on display in the Old Post Office for two weeks and at the Bendigo Community Bank for two weeks as well as at the Qld Garden Expo. 10,000 flyers were handed out at Nambour Expo and the Buderim Street Party and various other locations such as local businesses and retirement centres in the months prior to the Festival.


The club arranged a display of flowering and non-flowering plants at the OPO and Bendigo Bank for the last two weeks to promote the Festival and I thank Steve Wikman and Jenni Campbell who readily helped setup & supplied their plants.


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

The display this year in the BWMCA Hall was once again splendid in its colour and the quality of the exhibits. This year we had 10 sections and 63 classes for members and non-members to enter in. In total we had 684 entries in this years’ show, a record entry (including 207 photographic entries).  This compares with 557 in 2018 and 480 in 2017.


One of the significant changes this year was with the Children’s section.  This year Milford Lodge Day-care Centre were enthusiastic participants again. Also, this year the New Little Village Day-care Centre also joined the Children’s Section.  We had 50 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.


Our Chief Steward and Convenor John Sargaison has once again done a wonderful job. Thank you, John.



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, Rick Beasley from Buderim Bendigo Community Bank, 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.



On Saturday, Laurel Asimus was awarded the Gardens Club of Australia - The Doris Killian Award by our Patron Marjorie Van Roy. The award is for Outstanding service by an individual to their local Community (The Doris Killian Award). Laurel was absolutely delighted and well deserved to receive the award.


PHOTOGRAPHIC DISPLAY (refer to full report from Merryn Jooste – Photographic Convenor)

This year the Photography Exhibition (section 11) was expanded and located in the hall foyer with specially arranged display boards, with 5 classes, 207 entries were received. The closing date for entries was 4pm on Friday 11 October, which then gave judge time to do online judging and Merryn to print/display photographs.


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



The 2019 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. It was very pleasing to have 2 of the 6 gardens from Club Members this year, and it was great to have 4 non-members offer their gardens as open gardens to the BGC, a great effort on behalf of our Club and the Members/Owners. The club donated $300 to each garden owner to help in preparing a colourful display, which was most appreciated by the owners. 

This year we had 1 x 35 and 1 x 29-seater bus on Saturday and 1 x 29 on Sunday making a total of 10 trips on Saturday & 5 trips on Sunday to all the Open Gardens from the Memorial Hall. 310 people used this free service, and were very happy with the opportunity to enjoy some of Buderim’s beauty. This was free to ticket holders with thanks to the sponsorship this year from Buderim Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank.


Again, this year the BGC in conjunction with Sunshine Coast Regional Council (SCRC) had Temporary Bus Zones for open gardens. The SCRC arranged the installation of temporary Bus Zone; these signs were placed as set by SCRC on Friday before & taken down on Monday after.

Attendance at gardens:

 1 - Maureen & Lee Sheargold 75 Williams St. Buderim. (had 707 visitors)


 2 - Pioneer Cottage (David Wood) 5 Ballinger Cres. Buderim. (had 675 visitors)


 3 – David Toohey 12 Ballinger Cres. Buderim. (had 685 visitors)


 4 – Stella & Alan Odlum 12 Buderim Glen Dr. Buderim. (had 695 visitors)


 5 - Fay Cattell 6 Hill View Drive Buderim. (had 695 visitors)


6 – Del & Richard Whittaker 41 Greenwood Close Buderim. (had 672 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 @ OPO & Manawee over the Festival weekend and we thank those outlets for their help, total 216 tickets sold.

Complimentary tickets (88), discounted tickets ($12) to Garden Groups bus trips (156), Open Garden Sales (61) and $15 ticket sales @ Hall (274), totalled 795 tickets in total, not forgetting the return from $2 coin for Hall entry (total 446).



This year the BGC did not have catering in Hall, but asked the Craft Cottage to do all the catering apart from a sausage sizzle run by BGC on Friday night. The Craft Cottage did a wonderful job catering for us at the Festival. Everything ran smoothly, great food and great service.



This year we had a total of 18 raffle prizes to the value of $1,000, due to the great support by mainly Buderim business (see list below), thanks to Monika & Merryn in assisting me to obtain the great prizes, and thanks to Lois Van Motman for organising the raffle tickets. She does a wonderful job for us not only at the monthly club meetings but also for the Festival and we sincerely thank her for all her effort. The raffle raised $.

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

1. Manawee Garden Centre- Large parcel of selected Searles Garden Products

2. Bunnings $100.00 Gift Voucher

3. Basket of Wine from Star Liquor, Crn King St & Mill Rd Buderim, Tea towel and Gardens of Buderim Book.

4. Basket of Wine from Federal member, Ted O'Brien, Tea towel and Gardens of Buderim book

5. Basket of wine from State member, Brent Mickleberg, Tea towel and Gardens of Buderim book

6. Collection of pool toys from Poolside Buderim Pool & Spa Shoppe, 7 Lindsay Rd, Buderim

7. Bottle of wine and Ceramic pot and saucer from Silver Downs Realty, 40 Wilguy Cres, Buderim

8. Essence of Buderim Book, from Old Post Office, tea towel and Woolworths $20.00 gift card

9. Selection of gifts from Buderim Post Office, 7 Lindsay Rd, Buderim

10. Buderim Pharmacy - Gift box- personal care products

11. Terry White Chemist- Gift bag- personal care products

12. Presentation box of wine from BWS, Buderim

13. Castello Cafe Bar $25 Voucher, 14/12 King St, Buderim, tea towel and Gardens of Buderim book

14. Walkers Meats $25 Voucher, 7 Lindsay Rd, Buderim, tea towel and Gardens of Buderim book

15. Buderim Landscape Centre $50 voucher 168 Crosby Hill Rd, Buderim

16. Buds on Buderim $50 voucher - 7 Lindsay Rd, Buderim

17. Buderim Tavern $50 voucher - 81 Burnett St, Buderim

18. Large home baked fruit cake - Margaret Dowzer- Buderim Garden Club


10 of the above prizes include a free coffee voucher from Rue Bourbon, 89 Burnett St Buderim


Remax Realty – donation of fertilizer, to Plant Stall/sales


Stalls Holders & BGC Plant Stall 

The lawn ‘Green’ area between the Hall and the Craft Cottage housed about 20 stalls, BGC was very pleased with the location/quality of the different stalls and the general flow of people traffic. All 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 $2,89.49 from the stalls.  Special thanks to Vonnie Young for arranging the stall holders that attended this year and Robin Porter for location/plan of marquees on the Green.


Our Club plant stall did exceedingly well and we thank all who donated plants. We raised $3,702.30 on this stall/post stall sales and this surely due to Shirley McDonald and her team, many thanks. Thanks, Monika, for arranging post stall sales. The standard and quality of donated plants from our members was very high this year (Steve your messages has 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 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 Lesley 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 putting up with me and all the time I spend on the festival organisation. Lastly, I must thank Caryll Beck for organising & catering the post festival drinks and feedback session.


John Lyon

President & Festival Organiser



BGC 2019 Festival Photography report by Merryn Jooste Co-Ordinator

This is the first year that on line entries have been an option and it was enthusiastically accepted with 23 of the 25 contributors sending their entries via email. 


Wendy Geddes judged the photographs on-line, for the sake of equality.  Photographs were moved into categories in Google Drive and numbered for anonymity.  Links to the photographs was sent to the judge.  Judging was completed in 2 days.

Photos were digitally edited by me (to ensure bits weren’t cut off) and then printed at Officeworks at a cost of 90c each.  Photo size was 6 x 8” as stipulated in competition entry.  Each photo was then mounted on coloured card.  Different categories had different coloured backing for ease of category recognition.  Card was bought from Officeworks in packs of 25. Lilac, fluro pink, sunshine, orange, powder blue x 12 packs at $8.15 per pack.

Labels (name of photographer, entry class, name of flora/fauna) were then printed, cut and stuck on each photo entry ready for the display.

Display boards were ordered from Perry’s Sunshine Coast Event Hire, Bells Creek (Contact: Teresa O’Driscoll 54381058).  Cost was $360.00 for 4 free standing display boards ($50 each) and 5 concertina display boards ($12 each), delivery, set up and pick up.  Although not set up as we had planned, all worked OK.  Thanks to John L for being on site when they were delivered and collected.

Backed photos were attached to boards with staple gun! Thanks to Monika, Vonnie and Kathy for organizing the display!  Not an easy task working with different categories and giving place of prominence to overall winning entry.  Staple guns used repeatedly cause blisters L  Very positive feedback from many people regarding the display.

Pot plants at base of boards looked really good, as did the Manawee palms and lilies scattered around the foyer.  Thanks to Monika for making laminated squares to put under them to protect the floor.

Thanks to Monika for printing and laminating Section labels, information labels and first and second award certificates.

Red dots were stuck on photographs of people who bought them for $1.  A clipboard with names was provided to keep tabs and a jar was available for the money.  To date, $71 has been collected.  Remaining photos will be taken to the meeting and will be available for purchase.

Backed photographs were dismantled on Sunday afternoon (thanks Vonnie, Patricia and Jenny) and collected.  Exhibit boards were collected on Tuesday.

Thoughts to ponder

Do we continue with on-line entries? Or do we go back to accepting only printed entries?

Do we charge a $1 entry fee per photograph?

Judge said that photographs looked better printed and backed!  Suggested we send her printed copies in a satchel that she judges (keeping for at least a week) and sends back.  Is this viable?

If we are going to continue with on-line entries, should we ask Paul (who judges our monthly competitions) to judge for the festival?  He may want to fly up for the festival? Lives in Victoria.

With foyer door being closed next year, should we fill space with concertina display boards?

Do we keep photos the same size next year? Cost of printing 90c each.  Or do we make them smaller? Cost of 10c each for 6 x 4”.  If smaller, then can fit two prints to an A4 sheet of card

Instead of printing, cutting and sticking information labels on each photograph, Monika suggested sticky labels – GREAT IDEA

Many people didn’t put details on their entries especially names of flora/fauna.  Would it be possible to organise a quick morning meeting with someone knowledgeable, who could help put names to un-named plants/animals!  Is this necessary? J

Need someone to double check names.

Start attaching backed photographs to display boards with winning entry being front and centre of exhibition!  Move on from there J

Lights need to be checked pre-exhibition to ensure all bulbs are working.

Could first and second award certificates be on coloured card so that they stand out?  Is this necessary?



Trophy Winners and Presenters at Buderim Garden Festival 2019

The 2019 Trophy winners

1. Champion Rose - Reg Gibson​
2. Champion Bloom other than a Rose – Teddy Gove
3. Champion Flower from Exotics – Kim Bendall
4. Champion Flower from Natives - Teddy Gove
5. Foliage Collection – Ken Evans
6. Champion Bonsai - Reg Gibson
7. Champion Plant in Standing Pot – Nev Douglas
8. Champion Hanging Basket – Reg Gibson
9. Champion Novelty Arrangement - Lynda Reynolds
10. Best Fruit, Vegetables & Herbs Exhibit – Shirley McDonald
11. Children’s Plant Art: Milford Lodge “Small World” 0 - 3 years : Alexa Aldrick
12. Children’s Plant Art : Milford Lodge “Small World” 4 – 5 years  : Catherine Fang
13  Garden Photography Best Exhibit  – John Sargaison
14. Encouragement Award – Kim Bendall
15. Most Points Section 1 : Cut Flowers – Rod Nicholls
16. Most Points Sections  6&7 – Reg Gibson

17. Best Garden Club Member in Show – Ken Evans

18. Little Village-“Small World”  0 – 3 years : Studio 6

19. Little Village-“Small World”  4 – 5 years : Studio 1


Laurel Asimus has received the award from Gardening Australia for
utstanding service by an individual to their local community"
and was presented with the Award Plaque at the trophy presentation on Saturday 19th.

Festival Photos can be viewed under the Albums heading above and the Photo competition under Photos.

Buderim Garden Festival Schedule 2019


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Buderim Garden Festival 2019


Spring Flower Show


Venue: Buderim War Memorial Hall





Hall Set-Up:                                     Friday 18 October 2019                        7:00am – 9:00am


Acceptance of Entries:                      Friday 18 October 2019                        9:00am – 2:00pm


Judging of Entries:                           Friday 18 October 2019                         2:00pm – 4:30pm


Show and Plant Market Open:          Friday 18 October                        5:00pm – 8:30pm

                                                      Saturday 19 October 2019            8:00am – 4:00pm

                                                      Sunday 20 October 2019             8:00am – 1:00pm


Presentation of Prizes:                     Saturday 19 October 2019            2:00pm


Removal of Entries:                         Sunday 20 October 2019              1:30pm


Show exhibit entries are Free

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


Show Raffle Drawn:                    Sunday 20 October 2019          12:00pm

Show Enquiries to: Chief Show Steward, John Sargaison

Tel: 0490 770 547


In conjunction with the Spring Flower Show:

  1. Open Gardens: Saturday 8:00am - 4:00pm and Sunday 8:00am - 3:00pm;
  2. Quality plant market in grounds during the Spring Flower Show (including Friday evening);
  3. Refreshments available Saturday and Sunday.


Garden Festival further information: www.buderimgardenclub.com

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

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 additional display container or covering.
  9. Section 11 Garden Photography – additional rules are detailed under 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. gladiolia, Jacobean lilly)
  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)




  1. Hibiscus – 1 flower
  2. Shrub, soft-medium stem (short-medium height) – 3 flower heads (e.g. azalea, butterfly bush, ixora, pentas, shrimp plant, vireya)
  3. Shrub, medium woody – 1 flower stem (e.g. calliandra, camellia, crepe myrtle, tibouchina)
  4. Tree or climber  - 1 stem (e.g. bougainvillea, jade vine, Rangoon creeper)



Section 3 – Flowers From Natives


  1. Shrub or Ground Cover – 3 stems with flowers (e.g. bottlebrush, grevillea, wattle, banksia, boronia, eremophila)
  2. 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)


  1. Croton – 3 stems
  2. Coleus – 3 stems
  3. Cordyline – 3 stems
  4. Foliage collection, other, single species – 3 stems (e.g. aglaonema, caladium, fern)
  5. Foliage collection, mixed species – 3 to 5 stems
  6. Foliage collection, massed container – maximum 8 stems



Section 5 – Bonsai


  1. Novice Bonsai – entrant has not won two first prizes in competitions
  2. Open Bonsai


Section 6 – Plants in Standing Pots



  1. Fern – single species
  2. Begonia – flowering or not       
  3. Bromeliad - flowering or not
  4. Anthurium - flowering or not
  5. Dieffenbachia - flowering or not
  6. Agloanema - flowering or not
  7. Foliage Plant (not otherwise specified)
  8. Plant in flower (not otherwise specified)
  9. Succulent or cactus – single species
  10. Succulent or cactus - mixed species
  11. Multi planted pot  - with 3 or more species (flowering or not)
  12. Orchid in flower



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


  1. Fern – single species
  2. Foliage Plant
  3. Flowering Plant
  4. Tillandsia / Air Plant exhibit



Section 8 - Novelty Arrangement


  1. Boot / Shoe with flowers*
  2. Teapot with flowers*
  3. 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


  1. Any Fruit
  2. Single Vegetable in pot
  3. 3 Salad greens in pot/container – leaf vegetables (e.g. lettuce, mizuma, rocket, cress, chives, shallot)
  4. Single Herb in pot
  5. 3 Herbs in pot/container – leaf, seed or root (e.g. coriander, basil, mint)
  6. Massed collection of edibles – maximum 10 (e.g. fruit, vegetable or herb)


Section 10 – Children “Small World” Potted Plant


  1. Decorated “Small World” Potted Plant – Daycare (0 – 3 year old), using a potted plant create your own small world design around your plant
  2. Decorated “Small World” Potted Plant – Daycare (4 -5 year old), using a potted plant create your own small world design around your plant


Section 11 – Garden Photography (Unframed)


  1. Single Flower
  2. Multiple Flower
  3. Flowers produced by bulbs, corms or rhizomes
  4. Flowering native plant – small plant, shrub or tree
  5. Fauna in local garden
  1. the exhibitor must have taken the photograph and the photo must not have been previously entered in a BGC photo competition
  2. photographs can be submitted either *:
    1. electronically in JPEG format via email to buderimphotos@gmail.com or
    2. printed (150 x 200 mm - 6 x 8 in) and mailed (or handed) to Merryn Jooste (Show Photo Competition, PO Box 626, Buderim, QLD 4556)
    3. 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

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

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

List of Perpetual Trophies and Prizes


Best Buderim Garden Club Member in Show

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


Encouragement Award

  1. Gordon Eaton Memorial Vase


Section 1 – Cut Flowers

  1. Champion Rose “Nelva Russell Memorial Cup” plus $15
  2. Champion Bloom (other than rose) “Geoff Drury Memorial” plus $15
  3. Most Points “Maroochy Shire Bi-Centennial” plus $15


Section 2 – Flowers From Exotics

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


Section 3 – Flowers From Natives

  1. “Buderim Garden Village Trophy” plus $15


Section 4 – Foliage

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


Section 5 – Bonsai

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


Section 6 – Pot Plants

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


Section 7 – Hanging Baskets/ Pots/Plants

  1. Champion Exhibit “Buderim Garden Club Trophy” plus $15
  2. Most points Sections 6 and 7 (container plants) “Maroochy Shire Bi-Centennial” plus $15


Section 8 – Novelty Arrangement

  1. Champion Exhibit, cash prize only $15


Section 9 – Vegetables and Herbs

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


Section 10 – Children’s Small World Potted Plant

  1. Class 63 $10
  2. Class 64 $10

3. Class 65 $10


Section 11 – Garden Photography

  1. Best exhibit “Picture Frame Trophy” plus $15

Buderim Garden Club

 President: John Lyon

Secretary: Monika Stinton

Treasurer: Lesley Doyle


Founded in 1946, the Club has approximately 260 members and welcomes residents of Buderim and surrounding districts.


Contact Details:

Email: buderimgardenclub@gmail.com

Mobile phone: 04 4871 4561

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

We are also on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BuderimGardenClub/




Over the weekend of 18th, 19th and 20th October 2019, the annual Buderim Garden Festival will attract many gardeners and interested spectators from around the state. This Festival will centre in and around the Buderim War Memorial Hall (corner of Main and Church Streets, Buderim) with a competitive Spring Flower Show of Cut Flowers, Floral Arrangements, Hanging Baskets, Bonsai Plants and Photography Exhibition
This year, the colour “yellow” is being featured, as exemplified by the Wattle flowers on our attached flyer.

Adjacent to the hall, there will be a Quality Plant Market selling Mixed Garden Plants, Bromeliads, Gerberas, Orchids, Staghorns & Ferns, Sub-tropicals, Roses, Geraniums, Cottage Garden Plants, Begonias, Garden Novelties, Cacti & Succulents etc.

This year we are trialling a twilight Quality Plant Market, from 5pm-9:00 pm on Friday 18th as well as the usual Saturday 8am-4pm and Sunday 9am-1pm plant markets. Each day and as needed, stalls will be replenished with quality plants.
The Flower Show and a much expanded Photography Exhibition will also be opened on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the times shown.

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. These will be open Saturday  9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-3pm

An inclusive weekend Festival ticket for the above is $15.00, or
$2 entry to the Spring Flower Show in the main hall and Photography exhibition in the hall foyer only.
The tickets will be available at Manawee Nursery, the Old Buderim P.O., Buderim Newsagent or Buderim Bendigo Community Bank branch

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 buderimgardenclub@gmail.com. Please book as early as you can, so that arrangements can be made for tickets to be sent.

At the Craft Cottage adjacent to the Hall, Buderim’s artists, potters and sculptors will present their exhibitions including “The Sculptured Garden.” which features sculpture, along with unique planters, outdoor wall art, and functional and decorative pottery.
Next door is St Mark's church which will be decorated with floral arrangements.

Light refreshments will be available, 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 walking distance from the Hall. 

The official opening is on Sat. 19th October at 2 pm.  On Sunday 20th, the Monster Raffle will be drawn at 12.00 pm and the Festival will finish in the Hall at 1pm however Open Gardens close at 3pm. Festival details and the Show Schedule will be on the website www.buderimgardenclub.com in due course.