Buderim Garden Club

Buderim Garden Club

*** There will be a New Members morning tea at John and Kathy Lyon's home on March 20th.  Invitations have been sent out.  If you are new and didn't get one, please see Monika. These get togethers allow the committee members to talk about their roles and for new members to be made welcome to the club.

*** Maxina Williams will do a presentation on Edna Walling on Saturday 6th April at the Pioneer Cottage. Everyone is welcome to attend, and visit this cottage and its garden. It starts at 2.00 pm. Just turn up. Gold coin donation for afternoon tea.

*** A workshop will be held at Caryll Beck's property on Wed. 24th April (see details under "More" then "Workshop" above).

*** The Christmas in July lunch will be held on Thursday 25th July.  Details later.

*** President John Lyon announced at the March meeting that Rod Nicholls has been appointed the gardening expert within the Club.

*** This year, the Buderim Garden Festival will begin on Friday 18th October with a Twilight Quality Plant Market! This is a great idea to socialise and buy plants before viewing the Hall display and Open Gardens on the weekend.  Check out the details under the Festival heading above.

Please come to this concert at the Buderim Memorial Hall.

Pick up your tickets or buy some raffle tickets at the Buderim Old Post Office, or just turn up on the day (but early) for a 2.30 pm start.

This is a great opportunity to support our drought and flood affected Queenslanders.

Australia Day Parade,  2019

  • The Buderim Australia Day parade was held on Saturday 26th January.  Probably due to the extreme heat, there weren't many garden club members who participated, nor the usual large crowd of spectators.   However, the participants enjoyed giving out colourful flowers and herb posies.  

  • The parade finished on the Buderim Mountain State School oval where the Men's Shed chaps organised games, and a lively band entertained the crowd.  The vintage cars and marching bands created a lot of interest. 
    The winner of the best group were the Coastal Caring Clowns who were badly behaved babies connected to a large doll and pram.
Check out the photos under the Photos heading above.
Pioneer Cottage group:  Volunteers are asked to enjoy the "cottage" style gardens of the Pioneer Cottage, Buderim.
The New Group will meet on 1st Wednesday of the month, from 9 to 11am.  Ring 0448 714 561 to join this group.

Edna Walling working get together is on the 3rd Monday of the month, starting at 6 a.m in the summer.  Join Leanne Crowe & Ken Evans and others in the early morning shade.

Shedders working bee  is changed to the 4th Friday afternoon of the month, starting at 4 pm. That makes it a fortnight after the Garden Club meeting.  The next meeting will be on the 22nd of March.   Come early and stay late for a social time.

The Photographic Competition in 2019 will be a monthly competition, co-ordinated by committee member Elaine Davidson.

The rules governing this competition are shown under the above heading of Photo Comp

Any enquiries should be directed to Elaine.    Email : buderimphotos@gmail.com

There are a few 2019 Calendars left @ $7 & the Gardens of Buderim Book is now $10


Coming Events in 2019

"Queenslanders for Queenslanders" Variety Concert, Buderim Memorial Hall.  16th March Tickets at the Buderim Old Post Office.

Nth Dist Hort Soc. Colour on Parade Dahlia etc flower show March 23&24Wavell Heights

Pioneer Cottage talk by Maxina WIlliams  2pm Sat 10th April
Barbara Wickes: Final viewing of her garden 6 - 7 April  $10  Garden and speakers
Bromeliad Society Autumn Show 6&7 April- Bray Park

Wondai Autumn Garden Expo – April 20&21

Shambles open garden April 20&21

Workshop at Caryll Beck's prperty 24th April

April 27 and 28Pine Rivers Garden & plant fair with Nambour Garden Club

Relay for Life Sunshine Coast - CAncer Council QLD  Sunday 19th May

Gympie Garden Expo 27 & 28 April

QLD Herb Society Sunday May 26th

Maleny Gardening on the Edge. June 8&9

Christmas in July lunch 25th July

BGC Friendship day 9the August

**** Report on the Christmas Lunch at Headland Golf Club on December 7th.
There was a great turn out of 117 people at our end of year Christmas lunch with Maxina having a busy time to stop the endless chatter and go through her programme of activities.
Presentations were made to Cassie Burke who won 2 trophies at the Garden Festival (and was unable to attend the Festival presentation afternoon).
Many beautiful Raffle prizes - mainly plants from Manawee were won, and an interesting quiz of Christmas trivia (per Noel) was well received. The prize of a Christmas hamper was won by two Joys - Joy Ryan and Joy Goulding.  They're the joyful clever ones in the Club!

2019 Calendars and Gardens of Buderim were sold.

Laurel and Peter Asimus were farewelled at the Christmas Lunch.

John Lyon spoke about their enormous involvement with the Garden Club, and how they will be sorely missed.

Both Laurel and Peter responded to this speech, and said that they too are going to miss their garden club friends and activities.

Laurel and Peter Asimus were awarded Honorary Life Membership to the Club for their constant, friendly, long term association with the Club - especially Laurel's organisation of the Buderim Garden Festival and as a committee member over many years.  
Peter organised many wonderful bus trips over many years too. 

They have sold their Buderim home and are moving closer to their family in Brisbane.

Photo shows them receiving their Honorary Life Membership award in February 2015

Beryl Walsh celebrated her birthday at the lunch with her husband Michael (a past president of the Club).

The official opening of Chappy Dave's Garden at Buderim Mtn SS on Thursday 29th November marked the completion of a place to meet for chaplain "Chappy Dave" and his many friends at the school.
This was a joint project with the Buderim Lions Club and the BGC.

Pictured with Dave and 2 pupils, are Kathy Lyon, Maxina and Noel Williams, Monika Stinton, John Lyon, and Elizabeth Hales.
The driving force for this garden was Karen O''Connor who had to go to work at this time.

David Edwards Memorial Seat dedication, 25th November 2018.

The BWMCA organisation funded 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 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. 

At the conclusion of the BWMCA's AGM, John McMahon gave a most moving tribute to David and his many roles in which he typified the "Buderim community spirit", and in the presence of David's family, the BWMCA people, and his friends, this seat was dedicated to David's memory on Sunday 25th November.    
This photo shows David at his 70th birthday party.

Pictured above are the Shedders Co-Ordinator Teddy Gove, the BGC President John Lyon and Helen Wallace, together with David's family   John Edwards (brother), Anne Stitz (sister), Bernadette McMahon (long-time friend from school days), Sue Williams  (David’s twin sister), and John McMahon (BWMC Hall President).

Below,  are the Shedders Group who created the garden, the finished seat, John McMahon presenting the verbal tribute, and the RAN plaque,.

David's family  (from left)   John Edwards (brother) and his wife Denise, Sue Williams  (David’s twin sister), Anne Stitz (sister) and her husband Russell Stitz .

*** St Mark's Anglican church  asked Buderim organisations to decorate a Christmas tree for their church. Jenni Campbell decorated one on behalf of the Buderim Garden Club. 

***  After 45 years being involved with the Buderim Memorial hall, John McMahon is retiring at the end of 2019.

The Buderim Garden Festival 20th & 21st October.

***There have been very positive reports about the Buderim Garden Festival, and how lucky we were with the weather. The rain cleared up on the Friday after 2 weeks of rain, and despite this rain, the Buderim Hall was a maze of colourful blooms and plants.
Then there was a lovely clear day on the Saturday and most of Sunday, and the thunderstorm which came at 4:00 pm was just after all things were packed away. It was a sunny, successful weekend – the opposite to last year’s torrential rain!
Many thanks are due to the Garden Club members who contributed and made this happen.
Special thanks to John Lyon as the co-ordinator, John Sargaison as the Chief Steward, and Monika Stinton as the general run-around-fixer-of-problems.
There were record entries in the hall's Decorated Shoe section, and the children’s Small World Gardens at Milford Lodge.
Patricia Moses has posted many wonderful videos of the Festival events on Facebook. Check these out under the FB & Links window above.

Festival Photos are featured on the Photos window (see label on ribbon above).

The 2019 Festival is on 18th (set up day) to Sunday 20th October.

A full 2018 Festival report by John Lyon and John Sargaison is on this website under the heading Festival

We especially thank our two Festival sponsors: the Buderim Bendigo Community Bank who have sponsored the small buses for transporting people between the gardens (2 on Saturday, and 1 on Sunday), and our local Manawee Plant Centre for the Festival ticketing costs, a beautiful raffle plant and the display on the hall stage.

Below is a photo of some of the winners and their trophies, taken at the Presentation ceremony on Sunday 21st, with presenters Ted O'Brien, Peter Macdonnell and Marjorie van Roy

 *** The 2018 photo competition winners may be viewed under the heading of  Photo Comp above.
Elizabeth Hales has organised the 2019 calendar from the submitted photos, and this is available for $10, as well as the  Gardens of Buderim Book for $20.00.

*** 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.

Leanne Crowe has volunteered to be the maintenance co-ordinator of this special area, and would like a few people to help them. Working bees will be held on the 3rd Monday of each month in 2019.

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 Christmas party, we were told that there are 277 Buderim Garden Club members.

*** Cassie Burlington has taken over the Membership portfolio for the Club from Noel Williams.

*** The Shedders group now meet at 4 pm on the 4th Friday of the month.  
Teddy Gove is the Shedders group leader and would like a few more volunteers to join this happy group.

Leanne Crowe has volunteered to be the maintenance co-ordinator of the Edna Walling garden, and she also would like a few people to help . Working bees will be held on the 3rd Monday of each month in 2019.

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.

*** 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.

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).


*** 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 still 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.

 **** 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.

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