We have some great speakers coming up in 2018.  Speaker presentations commence at 7:30 pm so please arrive 15 minutes early to get settled.  After the presentation there will be a break for some socializing over refreshments. This is a good time to check out the show and share table, raffle prizes and learn about upcoming outings.  A brief business meeting is held at approximately 9 pm.

2018 Speaker Line-up

Creating a Successful Kitchen Garden Year Round 

January 16, 2018: Kristin Crouch, Master Gardener

Adapted from a talk she gave at the 2017 Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle, Kristin will focus on how to grow food year round to become more sustainable in the garden. From site selection, planning your garden to knowing when to plant and harvest you will learn what you need to be a successful grower.

Year round kitchen garden

About Kristin

Kitchen garden vegetablesKristin Crouch is passionate about growing and teaching. When she’s not busy in her garden she is sharing her knowledge through teaching classes, speaking engagements, writing articles for newspapers and magazines, or writing on her garden blog ‘ThatBloominGarden’.

Kristin holds a diploma in Horticulture from the University of Guelph and has been a Master Gardener with the Vancouver Master Gardeners Association for the last 26 years. 

More impressive is her work within the community. She was president of the Ladner Community Garden Society for five years after establishing the garden in 2011 and helped start the Alexandra Neighbourhood House Community Garden and the Tsawwassen First Nation garden prototype in conjunction with Simon Fraser University. She was a garden coordinator for the Many Small Hands Children’s Garden, where she developed educational programming for elementary students.


Kristin has been teaching sustainable garden classes for the Corporation of Delta for the last three years and hosted the garden show, ‘That Bloomin’ Garden’ and ‘The Delta Gardener’ for ten years with Delta Cable Television.

Kristin lives on a half-acre property in Delta with her husband Jim. In 2015 they transformed their side garden into a kitchen garden where they were able to grow over 160 pounds of food. For Kristin, it’s all about learning and sharing her expertise.


Plant Propagation and Seed Germination 

February 20, 2018: Egan Davis, UBC Botanical Garden

A club favourite and renowned plantsman, Egan will share his vast knowledge and experience on the timely topic of propagation and germination. Always passionate, always engaged with his audiences, Egan's talk will be sure to inspire.

Egan Davis is a Red Seal Horticulturalist who lives in Vancouver BC and works as the Chief Instructor of the Horticulture Training Program at UBC Botanical Garden. When he is not teaching, Egan keeps busy with his residential garden construction business. Previous gardens Egan has worked at have been VanDusen Botanical Gardens, Park & Tilford Gardens and the Mendel Floral Conservatory. Egan has been an active speaker at garden clubs, conferences and seminars. His outreach activities have also included television and radio segments on HGTV’s Gardening by the Yard, CKNW’s The Home Discovery Show and CBC’s North by Northwest. Egan loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking and botanizing on the weekends. He was born to be a gardener.

Creative Containers

March 20, 2018: Tammyanne Matson, Tammyanne Speciality Garden Design & Collaboration

Hot New Plants

April 17, 2018: Gary Lewis, Phoenix Perennials

The Evolution of Hosta's and Day-lilies in Our Garden

May 15, 2018: Pam Erikson, Erikson Daylilies

Gardening Dangerously: Cultivating Carnivorous Plants

June 19, 2018: Chris Janko

Past Speakers

Tool Talk 

November 21, 2017: Club Members Share Their Favourite Tools

This month in lieu of a speaker, club members will bring in their favourite garden tools and share why they are their favourites and how they are best put to work. 

This open forum meeting is an excellent opportunity to learn from fellow gardeners. Drawing on a wealth of knowledge and years of experience, club members can expect to come away with at least one or two tips or techniques they can use in their own gardens. 

Strategically timed to ensure the gardener-who-has-everything has something to put on their Christmas list, we will also have a good selection of tools on the raffle table and door prize. 

The Bee Project
The Bee Project

We will also have a short presentation by The Bee Project, a new local enterprise which will be of interest to anyone who is interested in hosting hives in their gardens. 

Winter Container Design

Oct 17, 2017: Randal Atkinson - Westcoast Gardens

Known as the West Coast Gardens Plant Expert Extraordinaire, Randal is the go-to person on all plant matters, whether it be designing, selecting, growing or care. 

Randal's expertise has been influenced by a life-long passion for plants. He has studied garden design and plant selection in gardens and nurseries throughout Canada, Europe and the US. He has a particular fondness for perennials, especially ornamental grasses and hosta and enjoys introducing West Coast Gardens customers to new plants for their gardens and containers. 

Even in winter, Randal knows that combining plants such as carex, ornamental grasses, heathers, pansies and heuchera with twigs, berries and light can make an exciting winter container garden. 

Treasures of the Shade and Pond

September 19, 2017: Gwen Odermatt - Petals and Butterflies

Treasures of the Shade and Pond details the special plants in the shady areas of Gwen’s garden, why she selected them, and what about the plants she finds attractive. She will also look at the plantings around the her pond and their role in her garden.

xGwen is a life-long gardener who, as a young child, was fascinated with plants and bugs. She became a discerning observer of how plants grow in harmony with other plants, insects and the diversity of the natural world. This led to a degree in science at the University of Alberta. 

For the last 20 years she has operated Petals and Butterflies, a farm nursery that specializes in growing plants that attract butterflies and other beneficial wildlife to gardens. The nursery offers an always interesting collection of rare and unusual ornamental plants that she sells via consignment; for example, her plants can be found in the perennial section of the VanDusen Plant Sale

Gwen is on the Selection Committee for Great Plants Picks, teaches the Advanced Master Gardener Right Plant/Right Place course, is a member of the Vancouver Hardy Plant Group, and is a long-time member of the South Surrey Garden Club. Her garden has been open for local, national, and international tours, and is open to garden clubs by request. Gwen is a Langley resident, married to Paul, a mother of three, and a grandmother of five.