Buderim Garden Club

Buderim Garden Club

Thanks goodness for our gardens! In these self-isolating times, at least we can work and enjoy our gardens.

Monika has collated a Weekly Digest which will take many hours to read and more to implement so there's plenty to do. Please enjoy using it.

Sadly, the BGC activities planned for the next months are now cancelled.

This involves the Workshop planned for Wed. 25th, the new members' morning tea and the Train trip on April 2nd.

There is no meeting on Easter Friday 10th April

hot off the press : buderim garden festival flyer!

**  There will be no meeting on April 10th since it falls on Good Friday.
April 3rd and 17th are not available as alternative dates.  The February meeting members voted that this meeting be cancelled.

*** Check out details for a Trip to the Roma Gardens under the heading Tours above.

*** Check out Wed March 25th Workshop at Monika's home, starting at 8 a.m. See details under Workshop heading above.

*** Some sad news is that John Sargaison was very badly hurt in the store which houses the chairs. He is in good spirits, but has a full tear of his left hamstring that will require a great deal of medical intervention and rehabilitation. We all wish him a speedy and full recovery.
The lesson to be learnt from this, is that we need more able bodied members to assist with hall setup and put away, and that 2 members should be in the store whenever chairs are being moved.
On Friday 6thMarch, in Brisbane, John will have surgery,  to re-attach the torn hamstring back to his hip. This will need to be followed by a great deal of re-habilitation. We  wish John all the best and a full recovery.

*** 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 . 

*** Invitations have been sent out for a new members morning tea at John and Kathy Lyon's home on 18th March.

*** The Animal Rescue Collective demonstrated how generous the club members are. 

A magnificent sum  $780 was raised at the February meeting  ... well done everyone. 

Thank you Vonnie and Merryn for organising this.

*** The Potting Group will meet next Monday 23rd March 9:30, @ Rosemary's home 30 Tindale Ave Buderim.  Numbers limited to around 6.-8. Please let Monika know if you wish to join in. 

This month is preparing cuttings and placing  multiple cuttings in medium sized shallow pots. Rosemary has the mix. 

Please bring cuttings kept damp in newspaper and plastic bags of plants in your garden that you think will sell well. 

Also bring secateurs, gloves, shallow pots for the cuttings, small pots for next month's potting on, which we will sterilise and make presentable, and a mug for morning tea, hat sunscreen etc


*** Shedders working bee at the hall gardens is held on the 4th Friday afternoon of the month, starting at 4 pm.
The next one is Friday 27th March

*** Pioneer Cottage group:  Volunteers are asked to enjoy the "cottage" style gardens of the Pioneer Cottage, Buderim.

     This New Group meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month, from 9 to 11am.  Ring 0448 714 561 to join this group.

*** The Buderim Garden Club will celebrate 75 years of activities in 2021.


Future Events


  1. 13-14 Brisbane Garden and Plant Expo - Rocklea Showgrounds
  2. 21-22 Ql'd Dahlia Soc Show – Mt Coot-tha
  3. 21-22 Eastern Districts Orchid Soc Autumn Show - Belmont


6th: Friendship Day, Nambour Garden Club

  1. 7-8 National Palm and Cycad Show Mt Coot-tha
  2. 10-11 Bribie Island Orchid Soc, Bongaree
  3. 18 Bromeliad and Succulent Sale- Sacred Heart Primary School- Toowoomba
  4. 18-19 Bromeliad Soc of Q'ld Autumn Show Bray Park.
  5. 18-19, Anniversary Orchid Show- Redcliffe show grounds
  6. 18-19 Bimer Bonsai Soc Show - Mt Coot-tha
  7. 18-19 Wondai Garden Expo


  1. 2-3 Gympie Garden Expo- Gympie show grounds
  2. 8-10 Q'ld Rose soc Show Mt Coot-tha
  3. Pine River Garden and Plant Fair - Pine Rivers Show Ring
  4. 31 Q'd Herb Soc Herb Awareness
    13-14 'Gardening 0n the Edge' Maleny Garden CLub

***The Buderim Australia Day parade was a huge success with just a sprinkling of rain at the start which kept us cool. There were about 20 Garden Club members, and we gave away herb posies, rosemary sprigs, heliconias and an assortment of flowers from Ken's and John's wheelbarrows.
We met some new members and loved the Caring Clowns antics as they followed us in the parade.
Below are the banner bearers in the 2020 parade with their "give-away" flowers.  More photos can be seen under the heading ALBUMS above.Also Merryn Jooste took a lot of photos that can be viewed under the FB Links heading above or click here
https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1JSnNkHv2qQmvQpv2RnDl-wdLsnJUJBgZ    Use arrows on the RHS of the photo to move through them.

Christmas Lunch 2019 Report

A wonderful Christmas Lunch was shared at the Buderim Tavern on Thursday 5th December. This location proved to be excellent - their tasty well presented meals  were quickly served and enjoyed by everyone.  The tables looked colourful with the decorative Christmas centre-pieces and occassional chocolates.
Helen Wallace was presented with her Honorary Life Membership award and badge, and the many raffle prizes were much appreciated.
Meredith Walker and Leanne Crowe tied for having the most correct answers in the geography quiz, which Meredith eventually won on bonus questions.
It was a most successful lunch, and the photos are now posted under the ALBUMS heading above.

President John Lyon was happy to announce that after much discussion, the Council have decided not to enforce more parking restrictions for our Garden Festival Open Gardens. Well done John and his negotiators.

We hope everyone has a safe and happy Christmas, and we'll meet again on February 14th 2020

3 important awards have been granted - to Laurel Asimus,
Michael Walsh and Helen Wallace.   

The Doris Killian Award was awarded to Laurel Asimus this year, and the plaque was presented to her at the Garden Festival presentation by our patron Marjorie Van Roy.    Below is Laurel's citation that Monika prepared for this award.

Laurel Asimus- Life member Buderim Garden Club : A teacher, mentor, organiser, friend and visionary.

  1. joined Buderim Garden Club 1981, and soon became an active club member
  2. committee member 2000-2002, 2005-2014
  3. the club go-to person, managing Buderim Garden Club history, social events, catering etc.
  4. with Peter, her husband, helped to organise many club tours, locally, interstate and overseas to wonderful gardens for over 10 years
  5. represented Buderim Garden Club on the Buderim War Memorial Community Association, always promoting gardening and the Club's position on issues.
  6. 2010 onwards organised club workshops, sharing her vast knowledge and using her teaching skills to ensure that all could chat about their gardens, and learn from each other.
  7. Convenor of the Buderim Garden Festival, including Spring Flower Show and Open Gardens. A role she carried out almost single-handedly for many years.
  8.  Tirelessly managed the gardens at Buderim Pioneer Cottage, bringing these back to life in the style reminiscent of the Cottage era. Encouraging many volunteers to learn about cottage gardens.
  9. Worked diligently on the Pioneer Cottage committee, to maintain and enhance the museum.
  10.  Ensured that all Buderim garden Club history was files and stored at the museum, especially the Newsletters.
  11. A leading member of the working party which maintains the gardens around Buderim War Memorial Hall.
  12. Mentored new members of these working parties, to ensure that each garden is maintained in the style appropriate to the site
  13. Provided the annual thank you breakfast for all the members of the Edna Walling group who maintain the Edna Walling Gardens, in Buderim, for many years.
  14. Always ready to assist new members, share her vast gardening knowledge, plants and cuttings to enhance the recipients’ gardens,
  15. Always ready to lend a hand for whatever community or garden project needing support,
  16. Member of Committee that managed Buderim Garden Club's 70 anniversary with prominent guest speaker, Ross McKinnon, Curator of Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.
  17. Was instrumental in starting the process to honour Colin Campbell. This was then progressed by others to what finally was created, the seat with a plaque honouring him  for his contribution to gardening, and as  Patron of Buderim Garden Club.


The Doris Killian Award was originally established in 1997 by the GCA Committee to recognize ‘A person who has made an outstanding effort in furthering the aims and objectives of the Garden Clubs of Australia’. In 2011 the Award  was altered to its current status “for outstanding service by an individual to the community.”Doris Killian passed away on 19th December 2012, aged 92 years.

Helen Wallace was awarded Life Membership of the Buderim Garden Club 

Helen joined the BGC in 1995, then became a committee member in 2013. With her husband Campbell, she did the committee morning teas when they were held in a home.

Helen took over the BGC Newsletter from Peter Matthews in 2008 and continued up to 2017.

She has been the Library manager from 2016 & continues in this role in 2020. She has been on the Buderim War Memorial hall committee, representing the BGC for many years.

Helen has been a volunteer with the “Shedder’s Group” for over 10 years and is also one of the first to arrive & last to leave.

Photo show Helen (on RHS) at her Library table with her helper Barbara Eberhart.

Michael Walsh was awarded Life Membership of the Buderim Garden CLub.

Michael joined BGC in 2002 and soon became a committee member. He was responsible for setting up the BGC’s membership data base (access), and keeping detailed information on New and Current members which is still the basis for BGC membership information today.
Michael remained membership Convenor till 2015.

Michael was elected President of BGC in 2009 & 2010 and has been a great worker and member of the BGC.

Photo shows MIchael with his wife Beryl at the 1918 Christmas lunch.

2019 President’s Report: 8th November 2019

As president of the Buderim Garden Club (BGC) I would like to welcome, our members and visitors to this the 73rd AGM of the Buderim Garden Club and present the Annual General Report of the Management Committee for 2019. This year has again been packed with activities and it has been wonderful to see so many new members join our club.


We had 50 new members join this year but sadly 1 member (Di Robinson) passed away. The current membership is 17 life members and 271 ordinary members which makes a total of 288.

The BGC Management committee for 2019 has done a wonderful job and I especially would like to thank all the committee on behalf of BGC for their service and dedication during the year, with special thanks going to our hard-working secretary Monika and minute secretary Kim, and our very efficient treasurer Lesley and Vice President John Sargaison.

All the Co-opted members have done a wonderful job during the year, many thanks for your work and dedication to the BGC.

Our general meetings have been well attended (100/120 plus members or more on average) and I thank the members for your attendance and support during 2019. At the meetings the Hall Stage/Flowers competition has always looked great, thanks to Shirley and her helpers. The plant sales have had a great variety available for all members, at very reasonable prices. Great raffle prizes featuring the Manawee plant of month & lucky door prize. Thank you to Lois and her team for managing the raffle.

This year a highlight was our first Friendship Day for many years combined with Patron's Day, our guest speaker was our patron Marjorie Van Roy. The day had nearly 200 seats filled by members and our visiting friends - Marjorie held a rapt audience with her very interesting talk. Marjorie has been gardening on, and advising Buderim and Sunshine Coast people for 30 years. “Manawee” is the go-to place if you want healthy and happy plants, plus all things gardening, and I thank Manawee for their sponsorship and support to the BGC.


The high-profile guest speakers have been interesting and with lots of enthusiasm and goodies to share with BGC members or for sale.

The members’ talks have all been well received and interesting, especially the sessions by the 3 Amigos (Ken Evans, Robin Porter & Steve Wikman). I’d like to thank all the members that have given talks this year, thanks to Jenni Campbell for organising the great array of guest speakers.

Our newsletter has again been well received by our members, with format of monthly editions, and thanks to Patricia James for keeping us informed and educated again for another year.

Edna Walling Garden, Garden Shedders & Pioneer Cottage.

These are monthly working bees carried out by dedicated Club Volunteers, at the “Edna Walling Garden”, Leanne Crowe and her new team of helpers maintain the garden again this year, with change of day to third Monday morning of month.

The "Garden Shedders" work in the gardens adjacent to the Buderim Memorial Hall (on 4th Friday of month). I thank Teddy Gove who has been the coordinator of the group this year.

A new group this year (on 1st Wednesday of month) has been helping volunteers from Pioneer Cottage (PC) maintain the PC gardens especially with the PC being one of the BGC Open Gardens this year.

I’d like to thank all the volunteers who have worked on the above gardens during the year.


This year we have had a number of interesting and informative workshops, organised by Steve Wikman. The highlight would have to be the return workshop at Caryll Beck’s and @ Elizabeth and Jim Hales place. Thanks for opening your gardens for the wonderful workshops. Many thanks Steve, for your hard work in organising all of the workshops.



Ken Evans has continued his seed bank this year. Many members have benefited from the seeds that Ken and others have gathered and shared. Thank you, Ken.


Helen Wallace has continued to run the BGC library, giving members the opportunity to borrow gardening books & magazines. This year some of the older books were withdrawn from library and some sold @ garden festival. Thank you, Helen.

New Members Morning Teas

These are held twice a year to introduce new members to the committee and the various activities of the club. They have been very well attended and special thanks to Kathy my wife, for hosting these at our home.


Bus Tours.

This year our tour coordinator Karen O’Conner organised 4 great bus trips: Government House, Sean Morrows Pomona farm, Xmas in July to Maleny and Edible Rose Farm @ Eudlo (late change from Kathleen MacArthur Wild Flower Reserve (no wild flowers due hot dry weather). Special thanks to Karen for organising all the bus trips. The disappointment being the lack of numbers attending some trips, please give us your feedback on what you want with tours, only day trips or longer overnight trips?

BGC Events Attended.

Other great events attended by the BGC were the Australia Day Parade, Anzac Parade, Queensland Garden Expo at Nambour. Remembrance Day at Foote Sanctuary, Footloose in the Park and the Buderim Street Party. The BGC is gaining a bit of a reputation for handing out so many plants, particularly the Broms & herb posies and people seem genuinely pleased to receive them. I must say a special thanks to those members that supplied plants & helped @ events.


Garden Festival.

The Buderim Garden Festival is our major event for year (full report to members available). This year, the colour “yellow” was featured, as exemplified by the Wattle flowers on our flyer/poster.

The Festival featured 6 Open Gardens. The Spring Flower Show featured cut flowers, novelty arrangements, hanging baskets, bonsai plants, Our Chief Steward and Convenor John Sargaison has once again done a wonderful job. Thank you, John.

Adjacent to the Hall, there was the annual Quality Plant Markets, thanks to Vonnie and Robin for organising the Plant Market. Our Club plant stall did exceedingly well (record sales) and we thank all members who donated plants. The success of BGC stall is 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 have gotten through).

This year we trailed a Twilight Quality Plant Market (and opened Hall), from 5pm-7:00 pm on Friday 18th as well as the usual Saturday and Sunday plant markets & Hall flower/photographic shows & Open Gardens. The feedback was very heartening from all.

This year the Photography Exhibition 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.

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 groups of children in aged group zones.

The weather in June/July/August & September was hot & dry, but start October saw some much need rain leading up to the Festival, ideal weather conditions for open gardens & flower show; the Festival weekend had great sunny weather on Friday & Sunday with rain during Saturday, but this did not seem to deter visitors, with great visitor numbers over the whole festival.

The quality and presentation of our Flower/Photographic Competitions & Open Gardens were outstanding.

I’d like to thank all the members who volunteered to help as garden sitters, hall attendants & plant sales assistants and especially all who helped set up & pack up the hall.


On Saturday at the Garden Festival, 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. Laurel was absolutely delighted and she well deserved to receive the award. The BGC had nominated Laurel for this award in June and received notification in September that Laurel was the successful nominee for the award. It was hard to keep it secret.

Christmas Lunch.

We now all look forward to our final function for 2019, our Christmas Lunch, this year being held at the Buderim Tavern. We're hoping to fill the function room with lots of celebrating members.

I wish all our members good health and happiness for the coming year.

John Lyon President

Buderim Garden Festival
Friday 18th October to 1 pm Sunday 20th, 2019

Check out the Festival photos under the Album heading and the Reports under Festival heading above.

At the Buderim Foundation's Grant Giving ceremony on Saturday, some Garden Club members potted up plants and distributed them, as a present from the S.C. Council.

MARCH 5, 6, 7 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) 2020      Details under Tours heading above.  


Garden Club members at the Buderim Street Party.  (John, Bev, Monika, Jenni, Teddy, Kim at the start.)
There were many members who donated approximately 200 (if not more) bromeliad plants that were all given away by 6.15 !!
Kim hosted a working bee to make Bouquet garni and the workers enjoyed a tasty morning tea too.

Flowers, posies, lots of herbs and cuttings were distributed along with plenty of Buderim Festival flyers.
It was a great night - no wind or rain and plenty of people.
*** Shedders working bee  was held on the 26th July (4th Friday afternoon of the month, starting at 4 pm) .
These photos were taken of team work in potting up cuttings and heliconias into many pots that were supplied by Diane Barrington in preparation for our Festival's plant stall. The gardens around the hall were weeded and shrubs cut back, and then it was chat and drink time.

*** Rosemary Simmons will be running a hands-on propagation workshop on the fourth Monday each month. It is limited to 6-8 participants. The aim is to produce quality plants for the Festival plant stall and learn propagation techniques.

*** Pioneer Cottage group:  Volunteers are asked to enjoy the "cottage" style gardens of the Pioneer Cottage, Buderim.
     The New Group meet on 1st Wednesday of the month, from 9 to 11am.  Ring 0448 714 561 to join this group.


*** QLD Garden EXPO was held from 12th to 14th July 2019 at the Nambour Show Grounds.  
This is the BGC display that our creative members prepared.

Many photos of the beautiful flowers in our display, plus floral arrangements and scenes from the Kitchen Garden can be seen under the heading Albums above.

Anzac Day April 25th 2019

On behalf of the Buderim garden club members,  our president John Lyon laid this wreath at the Anzac shrine in the Buderim Mountain school's pine forest Anzac ceremony.

The flowers came from Ken Evans garden and were lovingly arranged
by John and his wife Kathy.

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

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.

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

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.