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 Christmas Party in December. Regular meetings with a Speaker all other months.
Maple Trees and Other Ideal Garden Trees
Conway Lum works for GardenWorks@Mandeville (originally Mandeville Garden Centre) located at corner of Nelson St. and Marine Drive, Burnaby. He started in 1988 in the nursery, and now Conway works in the garden supplies/information desk area and conducts most of the in-house seminars/workshops. Conway graduated from University of British Columbia with Bachelor of Science in plant science (ornamental horticulture) and botany and has earned the designation of Professional Agrologist.
Conway’s CV is impressive and extensive and especially notable is his long association with sharing his knowledge of horticulture in British Columbia:
Avocado - Is this plant Waterwise?
Everyone is talking about the water shortage and looking at different ways to save water. But are we looking at the produce we eat to see which ones use more water than other plants?
I just read an article in the Canadian version of Reader’s digest for the Dec 2015 issue. See the article called ‘The Cost of GREEN GOLD’ by Adam Sternbergh. Did you know that to grow a kg of Avocados it takes approx 72 gallons of water? But only 9 gallons is needed for a kg of tomatoes! Tomatoes can be grown almost anywhere but Avocados are grown in California and Mexico where water needs to be trucked in. 80% of the Avocados gown in the US come from California. Hmm, so California has a huge water shortage issue but is growing produce which requires so much water... Same for Mexico. Does that make sense?
The consumption of Avocados in the states in 1999 was under 1 kg per capita, but in 2014 it has risen to almost 3 kg per capita!
In Mexico, the Avocado industry is so big that it is being used for money laundering, extortion, etc.
Another tidbit is apparently the Avocado pit is slightly toxic choking hazard. South Americans used to ground it up to use in a rat poison recipe. Okay, so where are we disposing the pits?
I don't want to put down the Avocado as I have just recently acquired a taste for it and it is so good for us, but now that so many people are eating Avocados it sounds like it is putting a strain on our water.
In general, this article has made me think about how much water other plants need. How about you?
By the way, I understand that our water restrictions may start 2 weeks early this year. How is California and Mexico going to deal with this?
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!