Buderim Garden Club

Buderim Garden Club

National Palm & Cycad Show is coming up in February

After the disruption of 2020 and 2021 some of us are attempting to open at Easter 2022 to raise money for the Cittimani Hospice service.
We would be grateful if you could let members know

Montville Open gardens & plant stall

Sat 16th and Sunday 17th April 2022   9am to 4 pm

*Easter at 3 Montville gardens*

 “The Shambles’ 85 Western Avenue Montville

  “Lower Woontooba” 238 western Avenue Montville

 “Wongawilli” 19 Manley Drive   Montville

 3 very contrasting large country gardens in their beautiful borrowed landscapes

Plants of all sorts for sale at a large stall, refreshments at  “Rising Scone Café” at “The Shambles

Funds raised for Cittimani Hospice  www.cittimanihospice.com.au

Visit beautiful Montville village and the scenic Blackall Range attractions


Entry $10 tom each garden, cash only please   children free  See  www.montvillegarden.com  http://www.facebook.com/montvillegarden

https://youtu.be/NCD_gXbgyUk  Enquiries Michael Simpson   0458 429524

2)   The National Palm & Cycad Show is on at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Auditorium, Mount Coot-tha,
Saturday 26 February 9am – 4pm, Sunday 27 February 9am – 3pm

Lots of free parking..  Check out 41 different alternative palm varieties that are easy to grow here. Many are small and medium in size so fit well in suburban gardens. Interesting-shaped leaves and colours. A list will be provided at the show.

Also, consider growing different varieties of cycads. These have amazing fronds & cones. They can be small, medium & large and are generally very hardy. Many are of no interest to the nasty blue butterfly. Again, a list will be provided at the show.

There will be an impressive display of native and exotic palms & cycads. And lots of beautiful bromeliads. There will be books, posters and magazines to view/buy. Visitors will be able to ask the experts about the suitability of palms and cycads for their garden. They’ll also see many unusual plants such as palms with distinctive red leaves and cycads with blue leaves.

There will also be a massive low-cost plant sale for indoors/outdoors, full sun/shade, feature/screening, fan/tall, rare/common. So a great place to indulge their gardening passion.  ·         For more Information go to: www.pacsoa.org.au/wiki/Pacsoa_Annual_Show 


3) Apple and Grape Harvest - Stanthorpe Feb 5/ 6 March 2022

    WWW.appleandgrape.org Festival tickets on sale or email info@appleandgrape.org

New Topics for 2021 Photography Competition
 check out details under PHOTOS heading above

Sadly, the Buderim Australia Day Festivities have been cancelled.   Keep well!!

Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Here's a message from President John Lyon:

As we slide into the final week of Christmas I cannot let the time go by without wishing the Club members a safe and joyous Christmas.

It has been a big year during which time we have collectively achieved much.

The record is impressive:

  1. We took the brave step of donating $10,000 to help in the continuation of beautifying Buderim and remain the driving force behind the construction of an arbour.

  2. And we successfully obtained a number of major grants from the Sunshine Coast Council through the efforts of Cr Ted Hungerford and the State Government MP for Buderim, Brent Mickelberg.

  3. And the Buderim War Memorial Community Association also joined us in donating $10,00 towards this venture.

  4. We held a magnificent 75-year celebration to mark the club’s achievements over decades of hard and devoted labour.

  5. The release of a plotted club history for future generations to look back upon.

  6. And we were fortunate enough to obtain a series of grants to train some of our members in first-aid.

  7. To top that off we were recently notified we are the recipients of a grant to purchase electronic equipment for use by the club.

  8. And of course, we can’t forget the Buderim Garden Festival which resulted in a record profit of nearly $12,000.

  9. The final achievement was being named Queensland Council of Garden Clubs (QCGC) Biennial Award 2020 Club of year - awarded for the Most Contribution by a club to the Community. The club last won this prestigious award in 2012.

  10. But the biggest achievement by far is the fantastic dedication shown by members of the Buderim Garden Club. While so many people toiled to make the year a success, not all of us can physically do this. But be assured your membership gives the club the community profile to seek assistance from local, State and Federal Governments - never forget how important your membership is to the Buderim community.


All that remains now is for me to wish each and everyone a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.


John Lyon.


Christmas Lunch on 10th Dec. was a most enjoyable event
Check out the Photos under the ALBUMS heading above.

The Buderim Tavern, once again provided a first class venue with excellent food and service for our Annual Christmas Lunch.
The table settings. done by Lyn Valentine and Pat Moses, were spectacular, bon bon jokes were entertaining, but the Christmas quiz was so hard that the winning entry by Pat, Paul and Petra was only 8 correct out of 20 questions.  Twas a source of chatter anyway.
Joy Fixter's mother also celebrated her 94th birthday.
Twas a great way to finish a most successful Garden Club Year.  75 years young and still going strong.

There's more "Good News"


Ted O'Brien's office have notified us that Buderim Garden Club will receive $3,605 in Volunteer Grants for a first aid training kit, laptop and portable PA system. 
This grant is in addition to the previous grant from the Sunshine Coast Council for some members to do a first aid course.
This means that we can now train another 10 members in First Aid & buy another new First Aid kit.  

With the defribulator already purchased, we are well equipped to look after our members.

Sensational News!!

John Lyon reports:

On Wed. 24th Nov., the BGC was awarded the Queensland Council of Garden Clubs (QCGC) Biennial Award 2020 Club of year - awarded for the Most Contribution by a club to the Community.
The awards ceremony was attended by Kim, Anne, John & Kathy, and held at Mt Cootha Botanic Gardens auditorium.

This award tops off great 75th Anniversary year for the BGC.

This is the 2nd time that BGC has won this award - the previous one was when Pat Moses was president in 2012.

Kathy won the Lucky Door prize......another plant!

Kim, Anne, John and Kathy with the Award

Check out the 2022 committee and other news under MEETINGS & CREW headings.

Remember our Christmas Lunch on 10th December.

Upcoming Events

Apple and Grape Harvest - Stanthorpe Feb 5/ 6 March 2022

WWW.appleandgrape.org Festival tix on sale or email info@appleandgrape.org

Congratulations to Elizabeth Hales for her photo of some sculptures with succulents adorning them.

As you can see, it is featured on the front cover of the current OUR GARDENS magazine.

Elizabeth won a Commendation award when she entered this photo in the GCA 2020 photographic competition,

The photo was taken in Vietnam

"Festival Time" -  15th - 17th October!
Twas a great event in perfect sunny weather.   $3,000 worth of Raffle prizes
Check out the ALBUMS for many Festival Photos, and John Lyon's and John Sargaison's Reports (see under Festival heading above)

President John Lyon reports:

Hi All

This years Buderim Garden Festival looks like being one of the best ever, great weather & great attendance, Sheargolds garden had 790 visitors, I think this is a record for visitors to open gardens.

The Plant Stall, Raffle and Stall Holders all had great outcomes. Ticket sales great, should make about $12,000.00 profit.

Again great outcome, best for several years.

I would like to especially thank everyone for your help and assistance @ the festival.

Cheers    John Lyon


A New Members Morning Tea was held on Thursday 23rd September at the Maroochydore Botanic Gardens, Tanawha

1.    Reminders

                                         Next meeting date Friday 12th November AGM.

                                       Shedders meets Friday 3pm on 4th week month - new volunteer’s welcome

                                     OPO community Garden Group - meets 3rd Monday month 6:30am - need new volunteers.

                                    Newsletter - pick-up a copy or receive it via email or mail if no Email.

Up-coming Events
12-15th October Floressence - Exhibition of Botanical Art, Mt Coot-tha Auditorium 9-40 daily
23rd October Begonias and More - Old Cleveland Road, Belmont Shooting Range  9.00-3.00a
6-7th November Orchid Species Show - Mt Coot-tha Auditorium
13th November Maroochy Orchid Society Show Uniting Church Hall Buderim $4 entry 8.00 - 4.00 Cash Only
23rd November Nambour Orchid Soc. Species Show Uniting Church Hall, Buderim $4 entry open 8.00 - 4.00
24th November QCGC Christmas Luncheon(2 course Spit Roast) + champagne 11.00 am Auditorium Mt Coot-tha $38 RSVP 12 November (4 guests per club)
27-28th November Tropical Foliage Festival Belmont Shooting Complex Sat. 8-3 Sun 9-2 $4 entry EFTPOS available

It's Celebration Time!  The Garden Club is 75 years young and growing!

The 75th Anniversary lunch on Friday 13th August at the Buderim Tavern was a great success. 
It was an exciting event with excellent speeches, food, raffle and lucky door prizes, table settings, and thankfully, no masks!
The Buderim Tavern proved to be an excellent venue - the food and service was first class.  Kim and her helpers provided native flora centre-pieces, and the raffle prizes were spectacular.
And as you can see the commemorative cake looked florally magnificent and its taste was delicious.

Our Patron & Life Member Marjorie Van Roy gave a most interesting talk about the development of the Buderim Garden Club and its commitment to beautifying Buderim and also the Maroochy Botanical Gardens.

Phil Adams, the President of QCGC gave a congratulatory speech and presented our President John Lyon with a commemorative certificate.

Big congratulations to president John Lyon and his band of helpers.   Again, "It was a great success."

Marjorie's talk can be read in its entirety HERE and smiling people's photos can be viewed under the ALBUMS heading above

** Vonnie Young has had to resign from her position as Treasurer and on committee. Vonnie has done an excellent job, which will now be taken by Anne Leach on committee and Treasurer.   Many thanks to both these volunteers.  At the Anniversary Lunch, President John thanked Vonnie for her hard work as Treasurer and wished her good health in the future.
*** Did you know that there is a defibrillator and first aid kit located at the back of the hall?   That's nice to know!.
***BGC gave a donation of $100 to Natures Edge as a prize for their garden competition on their open day.
*** The club has been successful in obtaining a minor grant for interested members to do a first aid course. There are 3 spots left if interested. See John Lyon. He has also applied for another federal grant of $3000 which will enable us to do more first aid courses.  It is understood that those who receive the training would make themselves available as First Aiders at our shows etc.  NOTE: This was a great success!

*** Kim is taking orders for the new BGC shirts.  Phone Kim Bendall 0419005984 or kim_alison@bigpond.com

***  Our Online banking details:   Name: Bendigo Bank:    BSB 633 000 Account No.   : 156 313 850


Buderim Garden Club has a new light-weight, sleeved, cotton Club shirt!

*** BGC is 75 years old in 2021. A Subcommittee has been co-opted for the Arbour Project in the Village Green.  
Members are  John Lyon, Mike Kelly, Elizabeth Hales, Sharon Bell, Errol Richardson (BWMCA rep)
*** There are now 17 life members and 285 paid up members.  We are a large Club!
***Online banking account details have changed : Bendigo Bank: BSB 633 000    i.e. the same Buderim Bendigo Bank branch, but different BSB.

Marion Upton, the Photo Competition Co-Ordinator has had the brilliant idea of making some of the entries in the competition
into post cards.
At the next meeting, check out these cards alongside of the Photo competition results at the back of the hall.

Adjacent. is a sample photo of some cards.

We're Back! Our first meeting in 2021 was a great, happy meeting!

 Our numbers are growing - there are currently 11 life members and 278 members. Wow!

Remember, the 2 gardening groups have restarted, and will welcome new members: 
Shedders at the hall on the 4th Friday of the month.  3 - 5pm (with a drink afterwards). Email Teddy on Teddygove@gmail.com to join them.
Community Garden Group meet at the old Buderim P.O. on 3rd Monday each month 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Convenor: Mike Kelly 0418 739 634

Australia day 2021 at Buderim Mt. School Oval - BGC Stall with helpers

The Buderim Garden Club had a marque on the oval and all members were encouraged to come and celebrate this great day.

Many visitors were extremely impressed with the spectacular BGC stall and the cuttings and the 2021 calendars that were freely given out.

Many thanks to Steve Wikman and the BGC committee for organising the plant (covid) trail and pricing of all the contributed plants.
Below, Vonnie gave her Treasurer's report.  Photo Competition Co-Ordinator, Merryn Jooste presented the winner's trophy to Elizabeth Hales
and equal-second prize certificates to Nev Douglas and Steve Wikman

The  BGC committee for 2021

The BGC Management committee for year 2021.
President John Lyon, Treasurer Vonnie Young, Secretary Rosemary Simmons, Kim Bendall, Cassie Burlington,  Robin Porter,  Patricia James,
Mike Kelly, John Sargaison and  new members Marion Upston, Lynette Valentine, and Maureen Michael.
John thanked 4 retiring members, Leanne Crowe,  Merryn Jooste, Lesley Doyle and a very special thanks went to hard-working secretary Monika, who will have a role as Assisting Committee person.
Retiring Newsletter editor Patricia James was officially thanked for her excellent collations.

  Shedders enjoy tidying up the hall gardens before enjoying a social drink and chat

*** Monika has compiled, editored and sourced the last Weekly Digest in 2020.  I'm sure we are all grateful for her mammoth efforts and also we thank the writers of the different subjects that have been presented in the absence of meetings in 2020.
*** Some good news is the purchase of a defribulator for the Buderim hall, (thanks to a 50% grant), which we can have in the Hall and take  on bus tours. We are also able to have some first aid training through St John’s . 

    Gardens of Buderim Book

The “Gardens of Buderim” book was officially launched to the members at the BGC Christmas Lunch on Friday 8th December 2017

“Gardens of Buderim”  is on sale at Manawee Garden Centre and at the Old Post Office-Buderim. Price is now $10

OR,  Contact John Lyon, President, Buderim Garden Club, on Email john.lyon1@bigpond.com  or Mobile: 0448714561 to order copies.

Many thanks to Sarah Seeberg for all her hard work.
Below is a photo of the contributors for the Gardens of Buderim book.