You better beleaf it: hundreds of plants in monster sale

Bundaberg Bush House and Garden Club
Lorraine Boyes of the Bundaberg Bush House and Garden Club with just some of her many plants.

Hundreds of plants starting from as little as $2 will soon be up for grabs when the Bundaberg Bush House and Garden Club host their monster plant sale.

The group comprises a friendly bunch of green thumbs who all share a common love for plants.

Club secretary Lorraine Boyes said on Saturday, 2 November members would be selling all sorts of plants to the community at the North Bundaberg Progress Hall for their Monster Plant Sale.

“This event, held twice a year, is the biggest fundraiser event we have,” she said.

“We will pack out the venue with hundreds upon hundreds of plants and the funds raised will go directly back in supporting our club.”

Lorraine said there would be something for everyone at the event, with both indoor and outdoor plants for sale.

“There will be everything from orchids, bromeliads, ferns, anthuriums and much more,” she said.

“These plants are locally grown by our members, which is a great thing because it means they will have better chance of flourishing.”

Lorraine said the sale was always a highly-anticipated event within the gardening community.

“We open the doors at 7 am but we usually have people lining up much earlier than that,” she said.

“A lot of people come for the orchids and other great finds- so if you plan on coming along, the earlier the better.”

Monster plant sale
Lorraine Boyes with her plants.

History of the Bundaberg Bush House and Garden Club

The Bundaberg Bush House and Garden Club Inc. was founded in 1962 by a group of plant lovers.

To this day, the club has engaged in a range of activities, field trips and more and meet once a month to discuss their garden endeavors.

Lorraine said guest speakers were in regular attendance at each meeting, providing valuable information on the growth and maintenance of quality plants.

She said social trips were also a huge highlight for club members.

“An important social aspect of our club are our field trips, often to fellow members gardens, held in a friendly and informal atmosphere,” Lorraine said.

“We are closely associated with sister clubs in neighboring towns from Rockhampton to the Sunshine Coast.

“We have a busy social calendar, with coach tours to southern garden expos and open gardens.

“It is our pleasure to return the hospitality of sister clubs, who provide a wonderful day when we visit, showing us their lovely gardens and vice versa.”

The benefits of plants

Lorraine said she had been involved in the club for three years and had learned many things about gardening.

“I wish I had joined sooner!” she said.

The club members often participate in excursions to explore other gardens around the region and beyond.
The club members often participate in excursions to explore other gardens around the region and beyond.

“It has been absolutely fantastic to be part of this group.

“The growing of plants was a relaxing and therapeutic pastime and the friendship of like-minded people was very rewarding.”

Currently, the club has 94 members with 14 of those recently receiving life member status at the annual general meeting a few weeks ago.

“We have a range of people in our club, some up to 95 years old,” Lorraine said.

“We would love to have some younger people come on board.”

To find out more or to join the Bundaberg Bush House and Garden Club, click here.

The Monster Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, 2 November from 7am to noon at the North Bundaberg Progress Hall, cnr Queen and Gavegan Street.