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 $30 / year, Guests $5

Sept 15th Speaker

Egan Davis

Ecological Planting Design

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Speaker begins at 7:30 pm

Please note that our meetings will now be presented online for members due to the Covid-19 virus.  Hope you understand.

Supported by his travel photos of landscapes from different corners of the world, Horticulturalist Egan Davis shows us how patterns in natural ecologies can inform our own plans for garden design. Join us on September 15th at 7:30 p.m. online via ZOOM to enjoy a visual journey guided by Egan, through nature’s tapestries.

About Egan Davis
Egan is a Red Seal horticulturist at UBC. He is the Principal Instructor of the Horticulture Training Program, Faculty of Science, UBC Botanical Garden and also lectures regularly in the UBC Urban Forestry Program. From 2004 to 2012 Egan curated and managed botanical collections for Van Dusen Garden and for six years prior to that was Garden Foreman at Park & Tilford Gardens. An award-winning horticulturalist and popular educator among gardening enthusiasts, Egan returns to South Delta Garden Club to share some of his vast knowledge via ZOOM

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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Sept Gardening

To Do list

By Angelika Hedley


- Bare earth yields weeds, soil erosion, dead bees. Let plants die naturally and rot in place, returning nutrients to soil and sheltering beneficial insects.


- Seed lawns, onions

- Bulbs, spring bloomers, container plants


- Hedges

Plant Health

- Fertilize: fall bloomers, strawberries

- Mulch trees

- Water as needed

Club members, see your News in Bloom monthly newsletter for more things to do.

Click here to see the entire calendar

Feb Speaker Recap

David Sellers

Chaos in the Rock Garden

by Heather Fayers

David Sellers, a former president of the Alpine Garden Club, treated our members and guests to wonderfully informative photos of Alpine plants and the varied mountain ranges where they naturally grow. The photos were part of his lecture on constructing a rock garden with reference to fractal geometry and chaos theory.

In gardening terms, this involves considering what kinds of rocks naturally occur in your area. Are they:

• Glacier dropped rounded boulders?
• Tilted fractured granite?
• Slabs of limestone or flint?

You aim to create subtle combinations of patterns, forms and chaos events. In Delta, rounded sea worn boulders and pebbles would qualify as “naturally occurring.”.

Mr. Sellers used the boulders from his sloping hillside as the basis of his garden and augmented them with some flatter slabs of limestone and tufa to create compositions which resemble the surrounding coastal mountain high hillsides.

He traded overgrown rhodos for additional bigger rocks from his neighbours. These he placed randomly and deeply into the slope to preserve it. He back filled with really coarse sand, added smaller and oddly shaped rocks to create a random pattern and mulched with talus like fine pebbles to promotes drainage and prevent erosion and weed growth. Good drainage, full sunlight exposure and the creation of a cool deep root run are the objectives. His theory is the largest rock “forces chaos” then the adjacent slightly smaller rocks create the “pattern” that is broken.

He presented photos that illustrate how you would emulate rough peaky mountains, by tilting flat slabs on their side. You create cliff ledges by leaving them level and allowing the plants to spill over the front.

Space your plants in interweaving drifts, remembering that only 1/6 shows, the rest is roots. Our humid rainy coastal climate  promotes rot and mould which is hard on Alpines. 

Alpine plants can be hard to obtain. Join a club to exchange seeds and cuttings. Unlike vegetable gardening, the object of Alpine gardening is to grow slowly.

Next time you are at Van Dusen, take some time to carefully inspect the tufa troughs created and maintained by the Alpine Garden Club. In early spring they contain colourful examples of the plants suitable for this type of garden, and Van Dusen gift shop sells a few seeds from their plant collection.

For more details, members, please refer to our newsletter.