South Delta Garden Club
The South Delta Garden Club
since 1952

The South Delta Garden Club meets the third Tuesday* of the month in Ladner. Meetings feature knowledgeable guest speakers, show and share, door prize, raffles, refreshments and the sharing of information in a positive social environment with local gardening enthusiasts. 


Club activities include day tours, visits to garden club members' gardens, workshops, work parties and fund raising events to support community projects, a summer picnic and Christmas party.

*No meeting in July, Aug & Dec.  Click  Find Us for location details

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Membership $20 / year, Guests $5 (can be applied to membership)



February 19 Speaker

Gary Lewis Phoenix Perennials 

Hellebores 

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Speaker begins at 7:30 pm


Phoenix Perennials has become famous for its annual Hellebore Hurrah! Weekend each February which offers one of the largest selections of Hellebores offered in North America. 


In this presentation you’ll learn about the botany, ecology, and distribution of hellebores as well as their history in western gardens and the complex breeding required to arrive at the stunning array of modern forms. 


Gary will tour you through the best of what’s available today and speak to new directions in breeding.


He will have choice hellebores for sale at the meeting.  Cash only.


Website: https://www.phoenixperennials.com/














Gardening Stuff

The Bees Need Your Help!!


Neonicotinoid pesticides are slowly killing bees. 75% of the world's honey is now contaminated with bee-killing pesticides.

Please educate yourself and make sure you are not part of the problem.

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February Gardening

To Do list

By Angelika Hedley


General

General - Water esp. under eaves, evergreens if rainfall is low


Plant

Start: tuberous begonias, hardy annuals


 - Pot up geraniums, take cuttings


 - Sprout early potatoes


 - Plant: sweetpeas, rhubarb, shallots, broad beans, peas, leeks, radish, parsley, fruit trees & canes, shrubs, roses


Prune

Fruit trees & canes, blueberries


 - Cut back old leaves: Hellebore


 - Cut at 15 cm: buddleia, summer-blooming clematis


Plant Health

Spray fungicide if not done in January


 - Moss control: aluminum sulphate 


 - top dress perennials,


 -  In-ground fertilize ornamental & fruit trees


 - Fertilize berries


 - Aerate soil if not waterlogged


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Jan Speaker Recap

Howard Wills of Fernwood Nurseries

SEMPERVIVUMS

by 

Heather Fayers

Howard Wills of Fernwood Nurseries in Peters Marland, Devon, England wowed us all with his wonderful photographs and enthusiastic advice on growing the common house leek. Culpepper recommended them for lightening and fire prevention in the home; and curing burns and stomach ailments in the person! There are fifty species which originated in the mountainous regions of Europe and Northern Africa. From these, over 5,000 hybrids have been developed. Sempervivums are hardy in our coastal climate. Similar looking Jovibarba, Aeoniums and Rosularia species need to overwinter in a dry frost free environment.

They produce many tiny seeds but the best way to create new true ones is to cut off and propagate the little plants that form around the ”hen” or main plant. Just sever the stolon and pot up the little “chick.” The Grace Rollerson collection at UBC in the Alpine garden merits inspection to determine which species you might enjoy growing.

These plants range in colour from green to deep red or black to chartreuse. They flower in two to three years in good conditions after which the mother plant dies. Removal of the spent flowers keeps the mound open to the sun and prevents rot from setting into the shaded offsets. His photos showed amazing changes in colour and leaf form depending on the season.

While easy to grow, they are particular about full sun and quick drainage. As the photos of his experiments illustrated annual applications of slow release fertilizer and potting on to slightly larger pots create show winning displays.

Potting mix: To 1/2 multipurpose compost add 1/4 grit and 1/4 sterilized loam to which slow release fertilizer has been added. Top dress with horticultural grit. When purchasing a new plant, look for one with chicks so you know it won’t immediately go to flower and die. To move your mound of Sempervivums along put the potting mix into the new slightly larger pot then with your existing pot create a hole or space in the middle. Remove top dress grit and tip the mound into the hole carefully. The idea is not to break up the cozy collection of plants. Top dress the new pot. No more than 4 to 6 inches in soil depth is needed. If your pot is deeper fill the excess space with packing chips for drainage. Remember, they will grow shingle cracks and wall crevices for several years.

See his website:  http://www.fernwood-nursery.co.uk/