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Buderim Garden Club

Buderim Garden Club

*** 75th Anniversary lunch on Friday 13th August @ Buderim Tavern.     There are still a few places left for this wonderful event. 

Arrival time is 11.45 for 12pm start.

Guest Speaker will be Our Patron & Life Member Marjorie Van Roy

Cost: $36 per head - 2 course meal of alternate drop mains and includes tea & coffee

At this stage, the best way to make a booking is to phone president John Lyon on 0477 611 819.

Pay by on-line banking to the Bendigo Bank Buderim BSB: 633000 - A/C 156 313 850.

Please ensure that your on-line deposit has your name and states it’s for Anniversary dinner)

If you are not into Internet Banking, don’t worry, let me (John)  know and I'll make alternative arrangements for you to pay.


Chief Show Steward, John Sargaison has updated the Buderim Garden Festival Schedule.

Thanks to committee member John Leach this is now readable under the "Festival" heading.

Please check out the many classes of plants and flowers that are available for competition and display in our Buderim Hall.  Festival is from Friday 15th - Sunday 17th October 2021.

It is with sadness that we make members aware of the passing of long-time member Lyn Nicholls.

Lyn and her husband Rod joined the BGC in 2002 and have been actively involved in Club activities, mainly selling their plants at meetings, helping whenever they could and winning many prizes at our Garden Festivals.

Lyn's funeral was held in early July, and we send our condolences to her husband Rod.

Also this month, Keith Bond has passed away and our thoughts and best wishes are with his wife Kay Bond.
Keith joined the garden club in 2008, and Kay joined later in 2010.

***Report on Arbour project : Currently, funding for the signage component is being sought, Sharon Bell is being paid by council for doing the landscape design, and a contractor has been approved to build the structure. President John Lyon requested that QLD Governor (Paul de Jersey) open BGC Festival and Arbour, and received a favourable reply but to request nearer the date.

*** 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!

*** Volunteers are needed to be creative with native flora for table centre pieces for the 75th Anniversary Dinner on 13th August. Flora contributions can be given to Kim Bendall to be used at a working bee at her home on the day before. 
Talk to Kim re this and if you will make a centrepiece.

*** Kim is taking orders for the new BGC shirts.  Phone Kim Bendall 0419005984 or

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


** A New Members Morning Tea will be held at the Maroochy Botanical Gardens on Friday 24th September.
    Invitations are being sent out.
  • Free overnight B&B stay on Mount Tambourine.

Kim Bendall recently stayed at the MOUNTAIN SANCTUARY B&B on Tambourine which boasts VIEW, SPAS and LUXURY. 3/2 were true! No view as it was that wet, foggy week over Easter. However, the SPAS and LUXURY were marvellous. On reading through the guest literature, she noticed that lovers of gardening are invited to contact the owners who offer free overnight accommodation in return for a day’s work in their yard. Interested ? Please contact owners Linda and Jeff Gray on 0401 517 243/0403 015 083. Landline is 5545 3297 and email is :


 Request for 75th Anniversary table center decoration helpers

Kim Bendall asks for volunteers who would like to help make up Banksia table center pieces to come forward and offer help. Help could be in donating Banksia’s, small baskets, moss, raffia, wood shavings or any natural decoration in keeping with our Banksia/native theme. Help could be sharing ideas.  Help could be coming along on the day before the Tavern 75th celebration to Kim’s house Thursday 12 August, assisting in making of decorative pieces or just keeping us topped up with a cuppa. This will be an organic process and remember “ From little things big things grow”…

Contact : Kim Bendall 0419005984 or


Entries for the Enchanted Garden Competition at the Queensland Garden Expo, (held on 9th -11th July at Nambour Showgrounds) are closed.

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

See notice of "Christmas in July" under the "TOURS" heading above.
*** 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)

*** OPO Garden Group (3rd Monday month.)   Mike Kelly informs us that the time is changed from 6.30 am to 7.30 a.m. during winter. 
     What a good decision!
*** Qld Garden Expo-  – 2 people will be needed to man our stall for morning and afternoon shifts for 3 days. Stalls will be pared down from previous years A roster list will be circulated for volunteers.
*** Sunshine coast agricultural show requested $200 sponsorship for Floriculture section. Committee agreed to donate and to offer services of Judging and stewardship. It was Steve's turn on Friday instead of being at the Club meeting.
*** 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.

***Wednesday July 14 - Christmas in July Cost $55  see details under TOURS heading

*** Note the Shedders next working bee is on 28th June at 3.30 pm at the hall. (It's always the 4th Friday of the month). Just turn up with some garden tools ready to work a bit and then drink a bit.


  Upcoming Events

  • 1.   June 19th – Esk Garden and Lifestyle Fair, Pipeliner Park, 8-3, Entry gold coin donatin.

    1. July 4th Qld Camellia Society – Botanic gardens auditoriu
    2. July 9-10-11th July.  Queensland Garden Expo. Nambour- Online tickets only.
    3. July 21/22nd Warwick Winter Gardening Extravaganza – St Mary’s Church Hall, Phillip Street.
    4. August 21/22 Ikebana Exhibition $5 entrance Mt Coot-tha Auditorium
    5. August 28th Ipswich home gardener’s Expo, Glebe Garden Club, Ipswich - now cancelled (Covid.....)
    6. September 14/15th Open Garden, Orchid Grove, 17 Barkston Court, Buderim 9.30-4.30
    7. September 18/19th Toowoomba carnival of flowers – Penny Hegarty Tours
    8. September 25/26th Wondai Garden Expo

RESULTS of SURVEY  Member Communications -  May 2012

Responses : Sixty (60) members returned the completed form. Out of over 240 members this is a 25% response rate. Some sources suggest that a response rate of 30% is about the average expected in surveys.   We can only presume that the members who did return the survey were very interested in the welfare of the club and its member s and thus reflect a wider view.

 Results are summarised below:

Q. 1 & 2: Use of INTERNET  and EMAIL :          All except 6 respondents use the internet- an internet usage of 90% . Of those 54 members 44 use emails every day  and the remaining 10 use emails once a week.

Q 3 & 4 Visits to BGC FACEBOOK and BGC WEBSITE :  Of the 54 respondents using the Net, over half (54%) NEVER visit the BGTC Facebook page   ( n=29) and another 8 visit the page once a month.  Of the remainder  15 (25%) visit the page weekly and two respondents check the page daily.

Forty (40)% of respondents visited the BGC Website  monthly whilst another   7 visited weekly and 2 visited each day . The remaining 35% ( 21 respondents)  have never visited the website.

Q5. Newsletter Readers :         In contrast to the above lack of readership,  51 (85%) read every Newsletter whilst the remainder read the newsletter sometimes.  Only one  person indicated that they had not read the newsletter ( Possibly a new member ?)

Q 6      How often to publish the Newsletter ?

The popular vote from 62% of respondents (n=37) was for a monthly newsletter whilst another 15 members indicated a preference for one every two months. The other 8 respondents preferred one newsletter every 3 months.

Question 7 Newsletter content    Whilst members were asked to nominate only 5 choices , there were some who voted for more and less items. All responses were included in this summary.  The referred items are listed in order of popularity – numbers reflect the number of respondents who voted for that preference.

  1.   General Gardening News                     (52)
  2.   Information about gardening (45)
  1. Reports from President              (41)
  2.  Notices of Garden events                       (38)
  3.   Report of  Speaker inputs                  (38)
  4.   Monthly Competition Results (36)
  5.   Photos of Member Activities               (33)
  6.   Links to Website Articles                    (25)
  7.  Photos of other Gardens                      (13)

Comment : The differences in preferences for the first ranked 6 items  are  probably not significantly different so we might surmise that all items numbered 1 to 6 would be  the most popular items in a newsletter.


Jim Hales  Newsletter Editor … May 2012

Below is a recent article which was in the Preview magazine relating to our 75 year celebrations.

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.
*** A New Members Morning Tea was held at President John and Kathy Lyon's home on 17th March.  A good time was had by all present.
*** In the future, eftpos payments will be enabled at Club meetings
***The 75th Anniversary committee has been appointed as - John Lyon, Mike Kelly, Elizabeth Hales, Sharon Bell and  Errol Richardson (vice president of the BWMCA).  They are tasked to organise appropriate events for our celebrations.

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

Buderim Garden Club meetings restarted on Friday 12th February! Apart from our November 2020 AGM that took place on the Buderim Hall verandah and adjacent lawn, this was our first meeting since Friday 13th 2020 - an ominous date.
There were 114 members and 6 visitors, and as the above photo shows, we were blooming - pleased to be back!

Prior to the monthly meeting, President John Lyon held  a General Meeting to put to a vote the expenditure of $2000 for the Council to draw up a suitable plan for the  pavilion/arbour we wish to erect to celebrate our 75 years as a garden club. The President outlined the site and the structure that is being proposed in the Village Green (opposite the Buderim hall).
By a show of hands, this expenditure was approved by the Club members. Funding is being sought for this project, and hopefully it will be finished and opened at our Garden Festival in the 2nd weekend of October 2021.

The retiring committee members were thanked and the 3 new members were introduced:
Marian Upston is the co-ordinator of the Photo Competition, and she gave a magnificent presentation of the Winners and the Highly Commended photos of flowers & fungi - all of which were given a certificate!
Maureen Michael is in charge of the Raffles, and Lynette Valentine is assisting Eunice Worden with the Cut Flowers competition.

Sue Fingleton from Nambour Floral Art group demonstrated how to outline and then "fill in" a large arrangement with different textures of foliage, primary and smaller secondary flowers.  This was most entertaining and enlightening, and Sue donated the arrangement for a raffle prize.
Our 3 Amigos (Ken, Robin and Steve) were as usual, entertaining, as they discussed an old lime fruit, and what vegies and flowering plants should be sown or pruned at this time.
Steve Wikman announced that a Workshop will be held at Bev Schouten's place at 9 a.m. on Wed. 24th March. Names and details will be finalised at the March meeting. Steve will talk mainly on the many varieties of salvias.
Hopefully a bus trip will be organised soon, with people indicating a preference for a bus visit to local gardens.
We're still looking for a Newsletter editor - can someone volunteer soon please!

Due to the absence of meetings from March 2020, all membership fees will carry through to the 2021 AGM.
This year, there will be a lot happening as we celebrate our 75 year anniversary.
 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 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 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.

Buderim Garden Festival will be held from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th October 2021


The 2020 Christmas Party was held on Thursday 3rd December at the Buderim Tavern. It was a huge success - the organisation had everything running smoothly, the raffle prizes were great, the Christmas dinner was exceptional, the table centre-pieces were creative floral masterpieces, the quiz was fun (although many people got stuck on the 1st question) and of course the company was happy, noisy and contented to finally socialise with members, including many new ones. (Our numbers have grown to 253! )
Congratulations to our committee and to the Tavern!

Photos of this luncheon can be viewed under the ALBUMS heading above.

Our A.G.M. was held at 2 pm on Friday 13th November 2020
President John Lyon's Annual Report can be viewed under the heading above
Our plant stall was very successful

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.

Check out Patricia James'  November 2020 newsletter -  many thanks Patricia

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

 Old Buderim Post Office working bee

Photo shows Nev, Denise and Rosemary at the working bee to beautify the gardens around the Buderim old P.O.
Co-Ordinator Leanne Crowe would love some more people to join the group on the 3rd Monday of the month at 6 am.
Remember, many hands make light work.
Nev reckons there is a begonia in the garden there with a trunk that's older than he is!
***Shedders meet at the hall meet on the 4th Friday of the month.  3 - 5pm (with a drink afterwards).
     Email Teddy on to join them.
*** Community Garden Group meet third Monday of each month, 6.30 a.m to noon (or until you need to leave).     

Last Weekly Digest for 2020 (since there were no meetings)

*** Monika has compiled, editored and sourced the last Weekly Digest.  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.

 Ken Evan's Patrea , and flowers of Medanilla and Hippeastrum

*** I have added some photos from a few people's gardens

Bev Schouten  ph: 5444 8675  (web manager)

Teddy Gove's garden

Nev Douglas's stand for his flowering plants (mainly orchids) on his back porch.

Bev Schouten's Garden Views

*** 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 . 

There are 2019 Festival photos under the Album heading.

    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  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.