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.
Julia Common, BSc and MSc Agriculture / CED & Chief Beekeeper
Hives for Humanity - Guests Welcome
Julia Common is a Master Beekeeper and has been keeping bees since her university days. What started as a summer job became a life long passion which only in the past two years has been fully realized. Hives for Humanity was founded in response to the incredible reception her bees received in the Downtown East Side of Vancouver. Now with over 100 hives and 40 sites throughout Vancouver communities, Julia, as Chief Beekeeper for Hives for Humanity, has a story to share.
Julia will talk about the Hives for Humanity Foundation program that she and her daughter Sarah have developed in Vancouver's DTES. She will tell us of how she got involved and the hurtles she had to over come and the misconceptions.
She finds joy in teaching others the art and practice of beekeeping. So bring your questions! If we are lucky, she will have some honey from her bees for sale!
Article from Gazette: hives-for-humanity-building-community-with-bees
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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Educational Classes - Not currently Scheduled
In previous years we have offered garden design, putting your garden to bed, and 3 part series for beginning gardeners.
If you are interested in any of these, request to repeat through the FVRL Ladner or Tsawwassen librarian or talk to Angelika Hedley at the club.
Courses that were presented in 2015
Are you a wannabe gardener? Do you look at your yard and wish you had a garden somewhere out there? Or have you moved into an existing garden and don't know where to begin?
The South Delta Garden Club is repeating its popular three-week series of classes to get you on the road to gardening.
This three-week introduction is designed into gardening easier. You will learn how to design a master site plan; handle problem areas specific to where you live in Delta; identify plants to suit your design and site; and how to get started without breaking your back or your budget.
Join us for some free information sessions
Wed Sept 9 -
Putting the Garden to Bed - Much of what we are
shown for garden cleanup is unnecessary. Learn best practices along with labour
and time-saving tips to maintain your garden from fall through to spring. Check out the web page at FVRL link.
Wed Nov 5 & 12 - Garden Design Workshop - Want to plan a new or improve your existing garden, either large or small? This is an interactive workshop, 1 program spread over 2 sessions, suitable for non-gardeners as well as seasoned gardeners. Bring your questions and hopes, take home ideas and inspiration. Check out the web page at FVRL link.
Doors open for questions at 6:30.
There is no charge and no pre-registration. Just show up!