Buderim Garden Club

Buderim Garden Club

November 9th meeting's AGM

Photo of the  new committee for 2019: Robin Porter, Lesley Doyle, John Sargaison, Vonnie Young, Eliane Davidson, Patricia James, Monica Stinton, Jenni Campbell and John Lyon.   (Missing are Cassie Burlington, Kim Bendall and Leanne Crowe)

A new committee was elected, as follows.
John Lyon: President
Monika Stinton: Secretary
Lesley Doyles: Treasurer
Committee members: Leanne Crowe, Cassandra Burlington, , Veronica Young, Patricia James, John Sargaison, Jenni Campbell and  Robin Porter.

Kim Bendall and Elaine Davidson replaced the retiring members Carole Willis and Elizabeth Hales..

At the Garden Club's AGM on 9th November, John Lyon presented his Annual Report and Lesley Doyle presented her Financial Report  - both of which show that the Club is operating on a sound physical and financial basis.

A most entertaining talk was given by the guest speaker, Dr James Lergessner (pictured), his topic being the "70 is the new 50".  He is a multi talented author, historian and  speaker who amused over 100 people in the audience.

John Lyon also announced the appointments of Maxina Williams as Club Hostess and Noel Williams as Official Club Photographer, and he moved a vote of thanks to outgoing committee members Elizabeth Hales and Carole Willis.

Shirley McDonald presented the trophy for most points in the monthly flower competition to Elizabeth Hales.
Shirley and her team were thanked for organising this competition each month and Frank Tucker and John Sargaison who have the hard task of judging the wonderful exhibits.
Full results are under the Meeting heading, then the subheading of Cut Flowers above.


John reported that the Festival made a  healthy profit of over $5500.00, with some final accounts still outstanding. The final result will be known by the next meeting.

Vonnie presented the Lucky Door Prize of a Peace Lily, and Erica gave us info regarding the Plant of the Month, Leaucanthemum, Daisy May.. commonly known as in the Shasta Daisy family.
Maxina, with the assistance of Lois and Patricia  led the main raffle with many prizes, including 15 boxes of plants which eventually found homes..  The BGC Plant stall at the Festival raised well  over $2000.

The meeting ended with a mandatory Annual Fire Driill followed by another delicious afternoon tea, thanks to contributing members and Caryll and her team.
There is a proposed bus trip to Government House, ( 68 Fernberg Road, Paddington, Qld,) with lunch at Brekky Creek Historic Pub and a possible nursery visit on the way back planned for late Feb.
The second trip is planned, titled Christmas in July, at Maleny with a nursery visit and possibly Maleny’s historic cottage.

Next Event is the Christmas Lunch at Headland Golf Club on December 7th!!

There is no general meeting in January 2019.

The next meeting is on February 8th when Wendy Skelton of "Just Geraniums" will talk about the different types of geranium - true, ivies, zonal, scented and the old fashioned pelargoniums.

Lindsay Robertson was awarded Honorary Life Membership for his dedication to the Edna Walling garden Project.

A highlight of the meeting was that Lindsay Robertson was presented with Life Membership of Buderim Garden Club, for all of his work for the Club, especially leading the Edna Walling team for so many years. John presented him with his Life Member badge, to the applause of the members.

Lindsay also received a Certificate of Recognition for the "Most Contribution by an Individual to a Garden Club" from the Queensland Council of Garden Clubs at their Awards ceremony and Christmas luncheon held recently at Mt Cootha. 

Lindsay has now retired from this role, and Ken Evans, Leanne Crowe and Tom Crerar will now supervise a new group of gardeners to maintain this garden (adjacent to the Buderim State Forrest in Quorn Close, Buderim).  In the new year, they will meet on the 3rd Monday of the month.

October 12th General Meeting

*** On October 12th, Trevor Smith spoke about the lovely day lilies, with tips on how and when to propogate them, and pest control for them, with a power point display created by Leanne which showed some of the colourings of different varieties and topic headings.
Many people were quick to acquire some "fan" samples at the end of his talk.

The 3 Amigos - Ken, Steve and Robin, again provided some entertainment and also many words of wisdom with the members questions that they answered.

In return, Steve had a question for the audience, and hopefully he was satisfied with the answers.

 Cassie and Erica presented the Lucky Door prize and the Manawee plant of the month, and there were many beautiful raffle prizes.

Congratulations were given to Kevin and Daphne for becoming acreditted Show Judges which allows them to judge in FLower Shows anywhere in the world.

The Club is very lucky to have them as members, and they contribute many fine specimens for our competitions in our Garden Festivals.  This year will be no exception!

Early membership fees were paid to Lesley, with over 140 members already paid up and rewarded for doing so with a free BGC bag.
Fees are due in November at the AGM.

The 2019 calendar is now available for $10.

*** Dr. James G Lergessner is  to be the guest speaker at our AGM on November the 9th .  More details later.

September 14th General Meeting

The September Guest speaker was Meredith Walker, a retired Heritage Consultant and a passionate horticologist. Meredith traced the existence of the Bottle trees from Roma up to around Buderim and identified places where they may be seen (mainly in roundabouts since their foliage is at the top of their "bottle-shaped" trunk.

Meredith lives in Buderim and has been a BGC member since 2015.

Her interest in the Queensland Bottle tree started forty years ago, when working for the National Trust of Queensland.

She received a life-time achievement award for the National Trust in 2009 and an was appointed a member of the order of Australia (AM), for services to cultural heritage conservation, in 2011. She prepared a report about the history of trees In Buderim in 2014, and is active in bush regeneration and Indigenous reconciliation. 


Garden Club member Elaine Davidson continued her conversation about possibilities for small garden experimentation. This time, it was an area outside her window which originally was very ugly and bare. What a transformation she has done! - with trolleys supporting colour-co-ordinated pots of plants and hanging baskets in her Shade House.
Elaine has been a member of The BGC for 4 years and was formerly on the BGC Committee as the Guest Speaker Co-ordinator.
She was a volunteer guide @ The Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens, and moved from a large Sydney garden to a small courtyard garden in Buderim.

The photo shows Elaine, Jenni Campbell (Guest Speaker Co-ordinator) with Meredith and 2 samples of bottle-tree foliage.

One of 10 Buderim Festival flags was displayed on the stage during the meeting, and Steve showed off his successful plantings from seeds of unwanted gladioli. 
The Lucky Door prize was a beautiful Anthurium, and the Manawee Plant of the Month was a pot of new release Ornithagalum ‘Snowflake’ or Star of Bethlehea - a very versatile bulb from South Africa,


*** Dr. James G Lergessner is  to be the guest speaker at our AGM on November the 9th .  More details later.

August 10th Meeting

The guest speaker was our Patron,  Marjorie Van Roy from Manawee Garden Centre, who gave a most informative talk about fruit trees, and citrus ones in particular.

The Three Amigo Experts - our  member panel consisting of Robin,  Marjorie and Ken gave an excellent, funny dialogue to the many questions that were asked to them.  This is a very popular event from which everyone gains knowledge and entertainment.

The Manawee-donated plant of the month, the Feather Falls, was displayed and presented by Erica.

The Results of the Photograph Competition are noted under the sub-heading above.

July 13th meeting

*** The speaker for July 13th's meeting  was  Jason Brooksby  who is a horticulturist and gave a most interesting talk, mainly on best soil structure, different climate problems, mould, pesticides and general soil maintenance. He runs his family owned business, called Elemental Gardens which is based in Buderim. Guest Speaker co-ordinator Jenni Campbell welcomed him and also thanked him after his talk.

Garden Club member, Jim Hales gave a scary analysis on the myths and major problems with the use of "Round-Up".  It is not only dangerous if splashed into one's eyes, but is a major problem for world health!.

Bev Gourlay (Schouten) spoke of the Irish Christmas in July (15th July) concert in the hall, and also the Foote Tapping concert (22nd July) at the Foote Sanctuary where there will be an excellent concert starting at 12 noon
The Garden Club is running a plant stall, and there will be a sausage sizzle and other stalls. People are asked to park in Eckersley Ave and walk down the pathway at 51 Eckersley to the Sanctuary. Gold coin admission and bring a rug or chair.

Noel Williams urged members to sign a petition to be presented to the Council, requesting the restored Klaus locomotion be housed in a new structure in Buderim.

Manawee  donated The Lucky Door prize - a beautiful hanging basked, as displayed by John Lyon.

June Meeting

*** The June 8th meeting speaker was Spencer Shaw of Forest Heart Nursery, who spoke about "Your Local Native Plants".
Spencer had many examples (and eloquent descriptions) of native shrubs which were sold to many keen gardeners.
His website is  www.forestheart.com.au
Forest Heart is also the public face of Brush Turkey Enterprises  that deals directly with the community.

Monika described many of her excellent gardening tools, with Teddy, Maxina and Steve producing their useful treasures.
The members' plant stall displayed many quality plants for sale.
The Manawee donated plant was quickly chosen as the first raffle prize, with Patricia, Lois and Maxina introducing a new procedure for the raffle.
Steve announced the cut flower competition winners which were paraded in the "flower walk" to show them to the audience.

May 11th General Meeting.

The May guest speaker was Stephen McLennan from All Rare Herbs, who came with an assortment of herbs that can be grown in our sub-tropical climate. Many of these were passed to members who were impressed by his vast knowledge of the herbs and their medicinal uses -including anti-aging ones that appeared to be working well for him.
Stephen was duly thanked by Jenni Campbell, the Guest Speaker co-ordinator.
Check out his web https://www.allrareherbs.com.au/

The Three Experts Amigo - our  member panel of Ken, Steve and Robin, were very informative and entertaining as they shared their knowledge, especially in answer to Robin WIlson's questions about preparing the soil for growing vegetables. We also learnt (from Monika) that bamboo can be killed by pouring round-up into an open "cell" immediately after cutting into it.
Steve showed us a captured caterpillar that he's waiting to identify as a butterfly or a cabbage moth, and he'll then decide to eliminate or not.
Past President and Honorary Life Member Rita Eaton has sold her house, and she offered free hanging baskets to garden club members. Many thanks Rita for your major contribution to the garden club.
Manawee gave a beautiful cyclamen plant for our Raffle, which was run by Maxina Williams and helper Anne Colville.
Cut Flower Photos and results are separate as a subheading under this "Meetings heading.

April 13th General Meeting

The Guest Speakers this month were Buderim Garden Club members Kevin Hamment and Daphne Ludwig, speaking about Anthuriums. This couple are qualified judges, as well as winners of many competitions, including a 1st at the Brisbane Royal show. Daphne did most of the talking with many comments directed to dutiful Kevin.  Their excellent power point presentation and pot display increased our knowledge of the many different types of anthuriums,. Kevin demonstrated how they propogate these plants and the potting methods that they use.
Kevin is also the organiser of the Combined Garden Club picnic day on May 30th, and so told of the top attractions that his committee have organised. A bus has been organised to take members to this great day.

The member speaker was Elaine Davidson who showed how she transformed a dreary, paved backyard into a colourful flowering canopy and garden - in 4 years. 

March 9th General Meeting

The Guest Speaker this month was Kim Martin from Bio Organic Sustainable Solutions, who gave a most informative talk and power point display concerning how microbes and elements in the soil are essential for good plant growth. (She claimed that she had turned a stick into a healthy plant with use of the GROW BOSS products).  Our Guest speaker Co-ordinator, Jenni Campbell presented Kim with a "thank you" gift.
At the April meeting, we were told that Manawee nursery now stock the GROW BOSS products.

The Member's talk was in a different format this month, with a panel of our gardening experts answering members' questions about Pests in the Garden.
The three wise men in the panel chosen on this occasion, were Steve Wikman, Ken Evans and Robin PorterThey enlightened us with cures for grasshoppers (pine0clean in a diluted spray), bulb caterpillars (use the index finger and thumb and squash them) and large toys amongst the garden to deter bush turkeys. 

'Twas enjoyable and we learnt a lot.
The Cut Flower competition produced some high class specimens, including a black bat flower. The above photo shows the 8 Walkers who show the winning entries to the audience.  Photos and results are separate as a subheading under this Meetings heading.

Buderim Garden Club's first meeting for 2018

At February's general meeting, the Buderim hall was packed with members and many visitors.
President John Lyon welcomed everyone, and many plants were sold, cut flowers were exhibited, library books were exchanged, lovely raffle prizes were won, and gossips were shared at afternoon tea time.

Our guest speaker was Bob from Rare Plants Boutique nursery, Nambour, and then Barry Sullivan  spoke about the Bunchy Top disease which affects banana plants.              
                                                                            Photo below shows Barry, John and Bob
The Cut Flower competition had many beautiful entries. Shirley McDonald is back in charge, and Steve Wikman announced the winning entries for The Flower Parade, which is always an interesting spectacle.
 "Cut Flower Results" and photos can be viewed from the subheading under the "Meeting" title above.

Below are the Flower Parade walkers with announcer Steve.
Steve's next Workshop will be in April, with details at the March or April meeting.
Elizabeth announced that the Photo competition will be in a different format this year, with photos to be submitted and judged in mid year.
Karen is organising 2 bus trips - see under "Tours" above.
Patricia Graham produced her first newsletter for the year, complete with colourful photos when viewed on line.
The Garden Club brochure was sent out on line, as well as being available as a hard copy. Members are asked to keep this as a reference.
Sarah Seeberg was applauded for her editorial role in producing the Gardens of Buderim book - many copies were sold and people were encouraged to "spread the word" about it.
It's great to be back and enjoy our gardening friends and the recent rain!

November AGM

The Annual General Meeting on 10th November focused on the reading of last year's AGM Minutes and Annual Reports, Presentations to the yearly competition winners, Election of the new committee, Presentations to the retiring committee members, Raffling of 17 boxes of unsold Festival garden stall plants, and this was finished with a Fire Drill.   It was a very interesting meeting!
Newly elected Management committee of the Buderim Garden Club.
John Lyon, Leanne Crowe, Cassie Burlington, Carole Willis. Vonnie Young, Patricia James, John Sargaison, Monika Stinton, Jenni Campbell, Elizabeth Hales, Lesley Doyle, Robin Porter.
Elizabeth Hales presented Patricia James with her prize for winning the Photo Competition for 2017
In the Cut FLower competition Ken Evans won (absent). 
Photo shows Robert Wilson who received the Encouragement prize from organisers Steve and Shirley.   
Club member, Noel Williams encouraged members to check out the Club's Facebook page (Click on the Link heading on ribbon above to view this).

Below: President John Lyon with retiring committee members Steve Wikman, Bev Schouten, Shirley Mc Donald,
Helen Wallace and Teddy Gove (absent from photo).
President John Lyon with Honarary Life members below:
Laurel and Peter Asimus, Reg Gibson, Rita Eaton, Barbara Sherstone, Shirley and Stuart Wallace,
Marjorie Van Roy, Robin Porter.