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

The Evolution of Hostas and Daylilies in Our Garden

May 15, 2018: Pam Erikson, Erikson Daylily Gardens and Perennials

Pam Erikson is an award-winning daylily hybridizer, photographer, instructor and lecturer from Langley, B.C. Canada. In 1991, Pam became the first American Hemerocallis Society judge in Canada. Also in 1991, Pam started the first Canadian daylily club in the country in affiliation with the AHS and is still its President to this day. 

Pam and her family invite gardeners from around the world to tour the gardens in July at peak bloom time and are members of the Circle Farm Tour program through Tourism Langley; and were the first official daylily display garden in Canada sanctioned by both the American Hemerocallis Society and the Canadian Daylily Society. 

The one-acre display garden has seen bus tours from Australia, Japan, England and the United States – in addition to thousands of local gardening enthusiasts and several gardening television and radio shows from around the country. The gardens now contain over 3,000 varieties of daylilies and lilies; over 600 varieties of hostas and hundreds of other specimen trees and perennials.

Pam travels extensively in the fall and winter months, giving presentations to introduce new gardeners to her favourite plants and traveling to many destinations to acquire new and rare varieties! She has also been involved in event planning for many years in her capacity as Vice-President of the Canadian Daylily Society, Vice-President of the Annual Canadian American Daylily Symposium in Niagara Falls each March, Regional President of AHS Region 8 for Washington and Oregon and was Chair of the VanDusen Flower and Garden Show in Vancouver for many years.

Erikson Day Lily Garden

In recent years, Pam has collaborated on several books dedicated to daylilies; was a contributing author to ‘A Grower’s Choice’ (Raincoast Books 2001); is a member of the Garden Writers of America and writes regularly for numerous publications across North America, as well as being the Editor of the Pacific Daylily – a bi-annual publication for AHS Region 8; garden columnist for the Langley Advance newspaper; is a director on several community horticultural and agricultural committees, societies and clubs. She makes yearly appearances on local radio and television shows to continue the promotion of her favourite plant. Pam was named Hybridizer of the Year by the Canadian Hemerocallis Society in 2005, and to date has introduced 82 new daylily cultivars to the world market, with hostas being added to the hybridizing program in recent years. Check out her web site:  Click here

Gardening Dangerously: Cultivating Carnivorous Plants

June 19, 2018: Chris Janko

Chris Janko

Chris Janko will guide you through the perils of GARDENING DANGEROUSLY:  Mastering growing carnivorous plants and other botanical bad-boys.  

Discover plants of religious influence and other plants that could… be your last….!  

Chris has been featured on CTV Live, Global News, presented at many BC Garden Clubs and Garden Centres, at the BC Home + Garden Show, and he has been in the Vancouver Sun, Toronto Star, and Montreal Gazette, in Steve Whysall's gardening column and blog.  

Chris is from Morgan Creek Tropicals, growers for Ikea and other fine garden centres in Canada. 

You can follow him on Instagram @greenmangardens or on his blog https://equatorialliving.wordpress.com/

Past Speakers

Hot New Plants: Cutting Edge Garden Plants for Cutting Edge Gardens

April 17, 2018: Gary Lewis, Phoenix Perennials
hot plants

South Delta Garden Club
“Lewis has been wowing members of garden clubs in B.C. with his information-packed lectures. He has a knack for communicating his passion for plants and sharing his extensive knowledge without talking down to his audience. A talent.” – Steve Whysall, Vancouver Sun

Phoenix Perennials is among the first nurseries in Canada -- and even the world -- to offer new cultivars developed by the best international breeders. Gary will give you the inside track on recent new cutting edge garden plants and talk about where plant breeding is heading in the future. If you love new plants, you won’t want to miss this talk! Because of the fast pace of perennial breeding this talk is updated every year with a full turnover of plants every 2-3 years. From year to year it will never be the same!

Creative Containers

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

“Be bold and only use the best plants. Aim to create a living still life and draw inspiration from all aspects of art, design and nature. Trust your intuition. And above all – have fun.”

Tammyanne will discuss her perspective on container gardening, teaching you how to create delightful displays to produce picture-perfect planters that cultivate moments and memories. She challenges common misconceptions about container gardening, reinforcing the importance of complementing and resonating with your space to create vistas and focal points. She will explore planters, window boxes, hanging baskets, green walls and choosing the right materials to help you achieve your desired results. 

Tammyanne is an avid gardener and passionate landscape designer. She has travelled the world searching for artistic and horticultural inspiration. Beyond full landscape design and installation, Tammyanne designs and installs elegant planters at luxury, high-end homes throughout Vancouver and West Vancouver.

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.

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.


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.