Buderim Garden Club

Buderim Garden Club

***The Buderim Garden Festival is on 20th and 21st October - next month!  Members are asked to volunteer to do the many activities associated with this very special event.  Rosters will be circulated at the September and October meetings, and everyone is asked to contribute at least 2 potted plants for our plant stall, as well as enter their floral and plant exhibits.  We will make it a great Show!
Details of our Festival can be read under the Festival heading above.

***Elizabeth Hales has organised another beautiful BGC calendar, which will be on sale for $10.00 at the October meeting as well as Gardens of Buderim Book. $22.00.

*** Commercial honey is in the news currently as often being a diluted product.  Ken Evan's honey is direct from his hives, is undiluted, and is available at club meetings.

*** The Edna Walling annual breakfast was enjoyed by a group of approximately 20 members on 21st August.  This group has been ably led by Lindsay Robertson since 2006 and his efforts were acknowledged, and his resignation sadly accepted.  But this was a celebration of many happy hours of working to support the ideals of Edna Walling!

Edna was a widely acclaimed landscape gardener who spent the last six years of her life in Buderim and left her imprint on the town. This year marked the 45th anniversary of her passing so we invited Sue Pitt, a Buderim local who was quite young when she knew Edna, to share some of her memories of her, and Club member Richard Bryan talked about his mother’s friendship with her as well. Maxina Williams gave a summary of Edna’s time in Buderim and Meredith Walker also contributed.
Edna’s statue of Beethoven, her favourite composer, was also brought along for the occasion.
Breakfast of fruit, followed by bacon and eggs, was provided by President John Lyon, wife Kathy and Jenni Campbell.

Ken Evans and Tom Crerar have volunteered to maintain this special area, and would like a few people to help them.
See Ken at a meeting to join them.


The Buderim Bendigo Community Bank  has recently launched a "Make the Change" campaign which involved Branch manager Peter Macdonnell and endorsement for the bank from BGC committee members Patricia James, Jenni Campbell, John Lyon and Leanne Crowe. 

This bank is a joint sponsor of the Buderim Garden Festival with Manawee Nursery.

The video clip can be seen under the FB heading on the ribbon above.

*** At the 104.9 FM radio station's AGM on Saturday 11th August, Jim Hales was applauded for his many years of involvement with this community station, and he was awarded an Honarary Life Membership.
Jim has held many positions on committee and has been re-elected onto the current committee. 
Jim is a very active member of the Buderim Garden Club (he gave the Member's talk in July) and is also a past president of U3A.
Congratulations Jim.

*** It was with sadness that news of Judy Harman's passing was received by garden club members. 
Judy won many prizes with her beautiful entries in the Cut Flower competition, and will be greatly missed.

*** There are 258 Buderim Garden Club members, as of July 2018

*** Cassie Burlington has taken over the Membership portfolio for the Club from Noel Williams.  Noel will continue to be at the sign-in table with Cassie in the future.

*** 10 New Garden Festival flags have been designed and ordered, and BGC calico bags are currently under production planning.

*** Put the date of Friday 7th December in your 2018 diary.  That's when we get together for our Christmas luncheon at the Headland Golf Club.

*** Remember the Shedders group meet on the 3rd Friday of the month.  
Teddy Gove is the Shedders group leader and would like a few more volunteers to join this happy group. The group potted up numerous cuttings, which now must be nurtured to be ready for our Garden Festival on 19th and 20th October .

Foote-Tapping Music concert, Foote Sanctuary, Buderim, Sunday 22nd July

The Foote Tapping concert was held in sunny weather on Sunday 22nd July.

Garden Club members Maxina WIlliams, Lyn Nicholls, Noel Williams, Steve Wikman and John Lyon (pictured in the photo above) sold plants and "garden art" to concert attendees.

Garden Club member Bev Gourlay (Schouten) organised and sang at this concert with her husband Aart Schouten.

A donation of $500 was given to the Foote Sanctuary committee to purchase further native plants for the Sanctuary.

More photos of this event can be found under the PHOTOS heading on the ribbon above, and on Facebook.

2018 Buderim Street Party    Saturday Night, Aug 4 2018 from 5:30 to 8:30 

The Buderim Garden Club had a stall adjacent to the newsagency and the chemist in Burnett St, and Garden Club members gave out approximately 500 plants (mainly bromeliads) to the passing crowd.

Everyone had a Garden Festival flyer thrust into their hand as they passed our stall.


*** A New Members' morning tea was held on 15th August, when new members were able to meet each other and the committee detailed their various roles in the Club.

***A Chappy Dave garden was created at the Buderim Mt. State School by garden club members Karen O'Connor, Monika Stinton and John Lyon.
It was funded by the Buderim Lions Club.

 *** The photo competition closed on June 30th. Please check out the winners under the Meetings, then Photo Comp labels above.

Visit to Parliament

 *** On 16th May, Brent Mickelberg, MP for Buderim in Qld Parliament, was host to contributors of the "Gardens of Buderim” book at the  Qld Parliament. Brent presented the book to the Parliamentary Librarian, Janet Prowse, who was gracious in her acceptance since she is a keen rose grower.  Editor Sarah Seeberg and President John Lyon spoke, and after the handover, Brent spoke to the group about his priorities for Buderim: trying to improve traffic flow was high on the list!
This was followed by a tour around the Parliament building and afternoon tea. This was an excellent opportunity for promotion of the Club and "Gardens of Buderim", and also interaction with other BGC members.
Photos of this important event can be seen in the Photos section (on ribbon above).

Copies of “Gardens of Buderim” have already been lodged with the National Library in Canberra and the Queensland State Library.

Well done Sarah for getting this happening!   (See more details of this book, below).

*** BUDERIM GARDEN CLUB WORKSHOP:    Tuesday 12th June at 25 King St., Buderim (Ken and Jan Evans' home). Check out the photos!


*** The Relay for Life organisers asked the Buderim Garden Club to create table centrepieces, for their event on Saturday May 5th.
Many members supplied a wide variety of colourful flowers, and masterpieces were created by the team above - Maxina, Eunice, Kim and Monika. See photos in the Photo Gallery section. According to Monday's News, the amount of $55,000 was raised on the day.

*** At the April general meeting, President John Lyon spoke of the committee's decision to donate funds for the further beautification of Buderim, which is one of the aims of our association.
 The sum of $2,000 is being given to install "fairy" lights in 2 trees adjacent to the old Buderim P.O. in Burnett St., Buderim. Council approval is currently underway for this to happen.
An additional $500 is being given to the Foote Sanctuary, where a major tree planting program has been undertaken over this wet season to fill in the gaps created by the removal of exotic Candlenut and Queensland Maple trees (non local flora). So far approximately 300 tubed seedlings have been planted, and this process will continue throughout the coming months.

*** The BWMCA organisation is funding a memorial seat in honour of David Edwards, who was a long time member of that organisation (mainly as the Treasurer) and the Buderim Foundation (for which he donated many, many bottles of superb wine for their raffles).
He was very community minded - helping with sound projects for Anzac Day and hall activities and generally where help was needed.
This seat is now established outside the Buderim Memorial Hall, facing towards the Village Park, and is surrounded by a garden which was created and will be maintained by the Buderim Garden Club's Shedders group. See photos in the Photo gallery.

 **** Patricia Graham is producing a monthly Newsletter which will be sent out on line to all members who have given their email address to the Club.             Hard copies are only available at the monthly meeting for non-email people.

Coming Events


¨    Aug 25 Glebe Garden Club Home Gardeners Expo

¨   Aug 29 QCA Fashion Parade Mt Coot-tha

¨   Sept 2 Noosa Botanic Gardens Plant Fair

¨   6-8 Sept-Laidley Spring Festival  

¨    Sept 16 Botanical Bazaar- Gold Coast

¨    Sept 22 Spring Garden Party Vise House- $25pp 

¨    Sept 22+23 Toowoomba Geranium Show and Sale-58 Neil St 

¨    Sept 29th Twin Towns & Dist Flower & Garden Show- Tweed Heads.

¨    Oct 1-Nov 18 Open Garden Montview- Killarney

¨    Oct 13- African Violet Society Annual Show- Mt Coot-tha

¨    Oct 20+21 Buderim Garden Festival

¨    Oct 27&28 Bathurst Spring Spectacular - 9 Open Gardens $20

¨    Oct 27-28 - Kerkin Open Garden- Kingsholme


Australia Day Parade  26th January 2018

This year, about 20 Buderim Garden Club members paraded along Burnett St in the Australia Day Parade.
Most members wore their BGC Tee shirts and many flowers and cuttings were given away to the enthusiastic applause from the spectators (most of whom were observing from shady areas, whist we endured the searing heat).

Steve and Kathy were the banner bearers this year, with John and Ken following with their flower-laden wheelbarrows. 
Our group was so spectacular that we won 3rd prize, after the Mons Play Group (1st) and Matthew Flinders School (2nd).

Check out the photos in the drop down heading of  "Photos" on the ribbon above.

    Gardens of Buderim Book

Recommended Retail Price: $26.95

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

“Gardens of Buderim” (RRP of $26.95) is now on sale at Books of Buderim, Manawee Garden Centre and at the Old Post Office-Buderim.

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.
 Gardens of Buderim Report

 For over 71 years Buderim has had an active Garden Club, currently boasting over 200 members.                

Now the Club has published a book, “Gardens of Buderim”, providing a perfect Christmas gift”, says John Lyon, President of the Club.  “In it several members share their delight and pride in the gardens they have created, of different sizes and styles, showing how they have overcome problems like poor soil or steep slopes, as well as their successes in growing special flowers, fruit, vegetables and other plants”.

Also included are articles about how to design a garden, the future of gardening in Buderim, the Club’s background and some of the town’s garden history, as well as useful details about local public parks.


The garden stories and front and back covers are enhanced by superb photographs, mostly taken by Elizabeth Hales and Club members. 

 “Gardens of Buderim” is an attractive stocking-filler for the keen gardener or garden visitor in your family or circle of friends”, book editor, Sarah Seeberg, says: “Or, for you, it will provide a pleasurable virtual walk around lovely Buderim gardens and parks”.

Many of the gardens featured have been highlights of Buderim’s annual Garden Festival, open to a large and admiring public during the second weekend in October.          

“Gardens of Buderim” (RRP of $26.95) is now on sale at Books of Buderim, Manawee Garden Centre and at the Old Post Office-Buderim.

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

                                       The contributors to this book are featured in the group photo below, with Sarah Seeberg, centre front row

                      *** The Buderim Garden Club's 2018 Calendar is available at BGC general meetings at a reduced price of $5.