We meet monthly on the 3rd Tuesday of the month in Ladner to hear invited speakers talk about a variety of topics that are of interest to gardeners in Ladner and Tsawwassen area. Between the speaker and the general meeting there is time to socialize, discuss gardening questions and check out the raffle table and plants brought in by members to show us what is growing now. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Meeting begins at 7:30pm.
Other events include the spring plant sale, day tours, member's garden tours, summer picnic, show and share, raffles, door prize and year-end dinner.
No meeting in July, Aug & Dec; Picnic in the summer and a couple of tours. There will be a Christmas Party in December. Regular meetings with a Speaker all other months.
Garden Travel Expert - Guests Welcome
Julia Guest has travelled the world visiting gardens. As a Travel Consultant, she has designed, planned and escorted tours since 1990 to England, France & Italy, New Zealand, China & India and most recently to the United Kingdom. Over the years, working with Vancouver Landscape Designer Ron Rule and gardening personality Des Kennedy have refined her scope and now the gardens visited on her tours are chosen not only for their garden excellence but what they can tell us about the society and culture, where we have come from as well a study of English garden history and design. Ever the questions – “What are gardens for?” and “How to visit gardens?” – are being asked.
Julia loves the exuberance of the garden-makers, and will share photos and stories about some of her favourite UK gardens over the years. Some gardens will be familiar and hopefully some of the very private places to which she gains access will not.
by Peg Keenleyside
The Spring Garden Begins in September
There is a cycle to the gardening year: the rebirth of the early spring, the heady days of early summer flowers and shrubs, then on to the clamouring hot colors of late summer perennials, followed by the long slow sunset of the fall garden and into the quiet of winter.
It’s the cycle of life of course, seen through the lens of that little patch of earth we tend. And one of the great joys of the dirt-digging pursuit is to plan ahead for the rebirth of the garden in spring. It’s in the sunset of this years’ fall, in fact, that much of what we plant makes that rebirth of the garden next spring such a life affirming thing to behold.
As my late gardening friend Jody Hackleman might suggest, it all starts with bulbs. Plant them in the fall; get your visual reward when they flower in the spring.
For the uninitiated bulb planter, here is a dizzying array of choices, from low growing tiny crocus, to funky fringed tulips, to the very cool looking four ft. tall ornamental onions called alliums.
There are so many choices in fact, that I suspect most people just settle for the tried-and-true they know: yellow daffodils and a bag or two of plain Jane colored tulips found at the garden center.
To explore all the truly fabulous bulb options available however, you need to go online to a reputable website like Botanus and mail order a selection to yourself.
And the time for getting a bulb order in to a supplier is September for October planting.
But how do you select from the seemingly endless types of bulbs available online?
First up is having a good look through the sections on the site to choose some bulb types. My go-to list includes crocus, narcissi (daffodils are in this group), Dutch iris, a couple of varieties of tulips, something from the fabulous fritillaria group of bulbs and some alliums.
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Sunday June 25th will mark the first garden tour for the South Delta Garden Club in nearly a decade. We will welcome avid gardeners and plant lovers to visit Boundary Bay, Ladner and Tsawwassen to wander through ten unique, private gardens.
The tour committee is currently in the process of finding generous garden owners who are willing to participate and will choose ten gardens for the tour, ensuring those selected will provide diversity and inspiration to attendees.
As a bonus, tour-goers will have private access to the Secret Garden of Boundary Bay, a labour of love by one local resident. The garden has been described as 'so elegantly designed and cleverly planted that you would think it had been done by a team of professionals.'