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

January 19th Speaker

Anne Murray

Backyard Birds in our Winter Gardens

Virtual Doors open at 7:00 pm

Speaker begins at 7:30 pm

Gardeners, with their deep appreciation for the natural world and the wonders found around them, are true conservationists.  So, we are very fortunate indeed to present Delta’s own Anne Murray as our guest speaker at our first Zoom meeting of the New Year on Tuesday January 19, 2021.  Anne will be presenting “Enjoying Birds in our Winter Gardens” and will educate us on identifying, attracting, protecting, and feeding the many types of birds we see at this time of year whether in our urban, rural, ocean-front, or riverside gardens here in Ladner and Tsawwassen.  

Anne has a lifelong interest in birds, nature, gardening, history, and different cultures.  Born and educated in the UK, she has a BSc in physics and geology and has taught extensively. In 2006, Anne published “A Nature Guide to Boundary Bay” and a companion book “Tracing Our Past - A Heritage Guide to Boundary Bay”.  These books are still available at www.natureguidesbc.com.  More information can be found on her blog:  www.natureguidesbc.wordpress.com.   Her two local guidebooks:  “A Nature Guide to Boundary Bay” and “Tracing our Past: a Heritage Guide to Boundary Bay”, are companion guides that look at the natural history and wildlife resources of the Delta area. 

Many of us know Anne as a founding member of the Delta Naturalists Society.  She has also served on many boards including Birds Canada, Nature Canada, Ecojustice, Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust, Delta Museum and Archives, and BC Nature.  Anne is also a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, Nature Canada’s Douglas H. Pimlott Award for Conservation, BC Nature’s Elton Anderson Award, and the John Davidson Award from Nature Vancouver.

As with our most recent presentations, the South Delta Garden Club will email the Zoom link in the days just prior to January 19, 2021, for Anne’s 7:30 p.m. presentation.  See you there!



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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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Jan Gardening

To Do list

By Angelika Hedley


General


Stay out/off of garden & lawn


Plant


Plant if ground is frost-free: bare root fruit trees, shrubs

Start lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower in cold frames


Prune


fruit trees, cane fruits


Plant Health


Fungicide: fruit trees & canes, roses

Leaf curl: peaches

Lime, boron if necessary


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


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Bees and Hummingbirds in motion


Nov Speaker Recap

Jessica Blossom Clark

Flower Arranging

By Heather Fayers

I was looking forward to this presentation. Jessica Clark’s floral arrangement in Oakridge Centre, three years ago, was by far the most interesting and unusual of those presented as part of a festival display. The 58 club members who joined on Tuesday got to see this talented florist create a table centrepiece that would go from fall into winter, with a soft unusual colour palette.

She started with a footed raised bowl so the arrangement would sit 6 inches above the table cloth. In it she had placed a ball of coated florists’ chicken wire secured with floral tape. She began with her fillers of Pieris buds and leaves and beautiful magnolia leaves that had a coppery brown indumentum (fuzz) on the underside. Some shorter ones were reserved. Sprays of small read rose hips were held to the end. The leaves were arranged around the edge of the bowl to create two “points” at either end so the arrangement would look pleasing on a rectangular table.

First, she placed two large, multi- flowered stems of 'Mocha' amaryllis. They have to be carefully inserted to avoid shattering. One was taller than the other. The tan and limey green blossoms with burgundy interiors set the colour tones for remainder of the bouquet. Next, she added two heirloom copper-coloured chrysanthemums on opposite sides. These huge disbud blooms of the 'Vienna' variety were set near the edge to balance the taller amaryllis. Next came some antique soft pink, buff blooms of a new rose variety named 'Quicksand'. She sometimes ‘fluffs” the outer petals to give it a more open appearance. Their stems were recut at varying lengths for placement in between the larger flowers and on the “points” for interest. Finally, creamy coloured carnations and shorter Pieris branches filled in the spaces in the centre and covered any hard edges. Three sprays of deep red rose hips were inserted to soften the surface appearance of the whole arrangement.


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