Buderim Garden Club

Buderim Garden Club

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

It has happened - 684 entries in the Hall competition!

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

*** Christmas lunch : tickets for Dec 5th : lucky door prize number on ticket.
Committee decided to have no entertainment - Quiz and raffle was thought to be enough.

Tickets at $30 for members are now on sale. Non members pay $35.


*** Qld Garden Expo have requested our help. They have been nominated for a tourism award and need us to vote for them. If you think they deserve an award please follow this link and vote for them https://mailchi.mp/qldgardenexpo/greeting-fellow-gardeners-1302305

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.    



*** The annual Edna Walling breakfast was held on Monday 19th August. See photos under the Edna W. heading above.

*** The August meeting attracted 190 members and representatives from other Garden Clubs for our Friendship Day.
The visitors were treated to a welcoming morning tea before the meeting, at which our patron Marjorie Van Roy and Nev Douglas spoke, and then enjoyed a great variety of goodies for afternoon tea.
*** There are currently 283 financial members, with the $10 membership fee renewable in November.
*** 21 new members were welcomed at the Lyon's home on Tuesday 13th August.
Garden Club's 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.
*** On Monday 19 August 2019 at 7.30 am, the annual Edna Walling breakfast was held. See Edna W. heading above.
*** Christmas lunch  (Dec 5th) at the Tavern has been finalised. Cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members

Check out Bus Trip photos and report under Tours and Albums

*** 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 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.

Steve Wikman, Robin Porter and Monika Stinton were part of the creative group.
***Buderim Garden Festival Show Steward, John Sargaison has released the 2019 Show Schedule. 
    Check it out under the Festival heading above.

*** Photos from the workshop at Elizabeth and Jim Hales house and garden can be viewed under the heading Albums and Workshop above.
*** Pomona Bus Trip photos can be viewed under the Albums and Tours headings above.

***The David Edwards memorial seat has not been stolen from adjacent to the hall.  It is being renovated by the Men's Shed chaps.

*** Great news!  Our AGM in November will be a wonderful, very entertaining event, since the very funny poet Noel Stallard will give us a good laugh!  That's apart from choosing the new committee for next year.  

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.
Edna Walling working bee group have regrouped in 2019.
The March group consisted of Rosemary Simmons, Co-Ordinator Leanne Crowe, Nev Douglas, Ken Evans, Tom Crerar and Mike Kelly.
See  photos under the Edna W.  heading above.    
Contact Leanne Crowe to join this happy group on the 3rd Monday of the month

*** The Photo competition:  Enquiries email   buderimphotos@gmail.com

*** 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.

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.

The Photographic Competition in 2019 will be a monthly competition.

The rules governing this competition are shown under the above heading of Photos.

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

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

**** Report on the Christmas Lunch at Headland Golf Club on December 7th 2018
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 .

***  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 2018.

***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 Albums window (see label on ribbon above).

The 2019 Festival is on 18th (set up day, then a Twilight Market ) 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

 ***Elizabeth Hales has organised the 2019 calendar from the submitted photos, and this is available for now $7, as well as the  Gardens of Buderim Book for $10.00.
**** The Shedders group 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.

*** At the April  2018 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. This is still a work in progress!

 *** 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.

    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.