Our club relies on the time and fundraising efforts of our members to finance the cost of club activities and community outreach initiatives.
Fundraising

Annual Plant Sale at the Delta Hospital`s ECU (Extended Care Unit) 

We hold a yearly Spring plant sale at Delta Hospital Extended Care Unit/Mountain View Manor patio and greenhouse (south side of hospital grounds) in Ladner on the first Saturday in May.  (Please note - in 2017 we will not be holding the plant sale.  Instead our Fundraiser for this year will be the South Delta Garden Tour, taking place on Sunday 25th June.  See the Garden Tour 2017 tab for more details.)


Click here for a list of the plants that will be available for sale for 2016: http://www.southdeltagardenclub.ca/plant-sale-lists


Over the years, this has proved a popular South Delta event with people lined up around the corner to get in! We have donated approx. 50% of the profits from our sales to them to help maintain the long term care facility's gardens.  The gardens contain edible fruits and vegetables for residents to nibble on.  In 2013 we donated a large Coral Bark Maple tree in a concrete planter to 

provide shade for residents enjoying the afternoon outside on the west patio.

To be able to have so many plants for sale, we rent a plot for propagation and overwintering.  Many of the plants are donated by our Members and are choice varieties of workhorse plants.



Members work through out the year for the next plant sale.  In fall and spring we have work parties at the field where experienced club members teach others how to propagate the plants.  During the summer, we take turns at the fields to water and weed. 


The annual plant sale also offers tomatoes grown by one of our club members. Bruce starts growing his popular tomato plants from seed under grow lights early in the spring.  Click here to see an article in That Bloomin' Garden's web site to see a blog post about the 2013's sale.


Farm Roots Programme

In July 2016 we donated to the new Farm Roots programme offered by Delta School District to Grade 10,11,12 Students. To learn more about the program, visit http://www.deltasd.bc.ca/content/programs/farmroots

In September 2016, 23 students from grades 10 to 12 started in the program accomplishing much in their early days. A half-acre was tilled and prepared for spring planting and they designed and built raised garden beds for over-wintering crops. They are learning about crop choices and many other aspects of farming in addition to their regular academic studies. Over the winter they delved into their Independent Studies projects and worked on indoor projects such as building composts and worktables. In December they made Christmas boxes. Currently they are getting ready for their spring planting by studying crop planning and designing seed starter systems and cold frame beds.




Ladner Community Garden
In 2012 we donated to the Ladner Community Garden to help them get started.  The donation went toward the costs of an arbor, fencing and drought resistant plants for the successful community garden.  Click here to see their blog..


 
Community Volunteering

The South Delta Garden Club tends the gardens at Mountain View/Delta Hospital ECU for residents to enjoy.

We also organize and work at blitz clean-up parties, usually 1 or 2 per site, at other community areas.
Mountain View Manor 
The Flagpole garden was overgrown and needed a good spring cleanup.  It is in the front parking lot.  Yes, we did have to use that axe!  And that is just one of the small piles of stuff we pulled out, there was much more.  There were a lot of laughs that day and the residents enjoyed watching one of us tumble as she pulled out that 5 foot stubborn root.


DSS Memorial Garden
A Memorial Garden for four Delta Secondary School students who were killed in a fatal car crash in Delta in 2002 was started by parents of these teens to encourage students to take time in the garden to remember and remind themselves to drive safely.  The parents approached the Club for help in maintaining the garden at DSS.  Click here to see the article in the Delta Optimist.   Click here for some photos in the Delta Optimist of the clean up.
This is Susan Marshall one of the parents who originally started the garden



The following photo shows the completed work in March 2014
DSS Memorial Garden Renovation Project - Fall 2016

This year it was determined that many of the donated plants had outgrown their space and the garden had developed into more of a shade garden with the growth of many planted trees. 

In September with the help of the Tsawwassen Rotary Club we dug out and removed many of the unwanted plants and distributed 6 yards of topsoil. The garden was then re-designed and we planted more suitable shrubs and perennials with the purpose of reducing maintenance for the future. The school board gave us access to the wholesale nursery that they use so it made it more affordable for us to choose appropriate plantings. The funds for this project came from the profits of our Spring Plant Sale last May.

 
Great work party - big thanks to the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen!!
 

New plantings - new soil. 
 
   




April 2017-new plantings under Pin Oak tree



     
 April 2017 - new plantings under Pin Oak tree at DSS

Healing Garden at Delta Hospital

In 2008 the Delta Hospital Foundation, in partnership with the Rotary Clubs of Ladner and Tsawwassen, installed the Healing Garden in the courtyard of Delta Hospital. As a space of quiet beauty it is a place for patients, visitors and staff to relax and enjoy the fresh air and scenery and listen to the water in the stream. Fast forward a few years and the South Delta Garden Club (The Evergreen Garden Club at that time) was asked to help with the ongoing garden maintenance. Two of our members made regular trips to weed, prune, and tidy the garden several times during the year with major clean ups involving many club members in the Spring and Fall.

After several hot dry summers, a number of shrubs and trees have failed while other plants have outgrown their space. In 2016 a major renovation of the space was started to replace under-performing plants with ones more suited to the space. The goal is to maintain the spirit of the garden while reducing the amount of maintenance required. The renovation project is expected to take a few seasons as time and funds are available to do the work so do have a look at the progress if you are in the area.
April 2017- Newly installed Rhododendron bed
April 2017- Newly installed Rhododendron bed