We have some great speakers and interesting topics coming up!

Guests $5 unless indicated below

During the Covid-19 situation, speakers will be presenting online, therefore only available to members.  No drop-ins at this time.

Speaker presentations commence at 7:30 pm so please arrive 15 minutes early to sign in for the door prize and 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.

2021 Fall Speaker Line-up

Backyard Birds in our Winter Gardens

January 19, 2021: Anne Murray

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!

Year-Round Organic Vegetable Gardening

February 16, 2021: Linda Gilkeson, Ph.D.

Gardeners in our mild West Coast climate can harvest fresh food from the garden year-round. To do that you need to choose the right varieties and plant them at the right time. Linda Gilkeson will cover the basics of growing vegetables year-round from fertilizing the soil to planting schedules for winter harvests; she will also include tips on how to make the best use of your space to grow the most food.

Linda earned a Ph.D. in Entomology from McGill University in 1986, then moved to British Columbia to work for Applied Bio-Nomics Ltd., a company that produces biological controls. From 1991 to 2002 she worked for the provincial government, promoting programs to reduce and eliminate pesticide use. She was head of the provincial State of Environment Reporting Unit for the next six years, then the Executive Director of the Salt Spring Island Conservancy until the end of 2011. Linda now devotes her time to writing, teaching and consulting.

Linda’s comprehensive gardening book, Backyard Bounty: The Complete Guide to Year-Round Organic Gardening in the Pacific Northwest, became a BC best seller and has just been republished in a new, considerably expanded edition. She continues to self-publish books for local gardeners, most recently Resilient Gardens: Pollinator Gardens, Garlic Diseases, Pest Update. In the past she has co-authored pest management training manuals for the provincial government and organic gardening books for Rodale Press.

As a private consultant, Linda is a regular instructor in the Master Gardener programs in BC and is busy year around giving workshops on pest management and organic gardening.

Linda has served as President of the Entomological Society of Canada, the Professional Pest Management Association of BC, the Entomological Society of BC and the Salt Spring Island Garden Club. She was awarded a Queen’s Jubilee medal in 2003 and an outstanding achievement award from the Professional Pest Management Association of BC in 2005.


Great Gardening in Small Spaces

March 17, 2021: Leanne Johnson

Do you need inspiration for your small space? Join us as Leanne Johnson shares tips and tricks on small garden 

mornings on Global TV’s upbeat gardening segment, or join her in her seminars on growing vegetables at the Balcony Garden exhibit at Science World.design, including ideal flower and veggie selections for flourishing small garden spaces on balconies, townhouse gardens or limited-sized residential lots. A self-proclaimed “plant nut,” Leanne is passionate about connecting people to the natural world through gardening. An engaging and sought-after speaker, she is COO of GardenWorks and in 2019, was recognized as the Garden Communicator of the Year by the B.C. Landscape and Nursery Association. Leanne can be seen Saturday mornings on Global TV’s upbeat gardening segment, or join her in her seminars on growing vegetables at the Balcony Garden exhibit at Science World.

Are Native Species Always the Best Choice?

April 6, 2021: Linda Chalker-Scott

Are native species always the best choice?

Native plants are perceived as requiring fewer inputs, especially in terms of pesticides, fertilizers, and water. Introduced woody species are increasingly perceived as undesirable, primarily because they are lumped together with their invasive counterparts. How does provenance really affect the ability of plants to provide food and habitat to our beneficial wildlife? This presentation will present a more informed and successful approach to plant selection than simply looking at place of origin.

Linda is co-author of an authoritative and well respected gardening book entitled, Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest, by Arthur R. Kruckeberg and Linda Chalker-Scott, 3rd ed., copyright University of Washington Press, 2019. (The book was also supported by Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, and Greystone Books Ltd in Vancouver.)

Past Speakers

Ecological Planting Design

September 15, 2020: Egan Davis

Please note that our meetings will now be presented online for members due to the Covid-19 virus.  Hope you understand.

Supported by his travel photos of landscapes from different corners of the world, Horticulturalist Egan Davis shows us how patterns in natural ecologies can inform our own plans for garden design. Join us on September 15th at 7:30 p.m. online via ZOOM to enjoy a 

visual journey guided by Egan, through nature’s tapestries.

About Egan Davis

Egan is a Red Seal horticulturist at UBC. He is the Principal Instructor of the Horticulture Training Program, Faculty of Science, UBC Botanical Garden and also lectures regularly in the UBC Urban Forestry Program. From 2004 to 2012 Egan curated and managed botanical collections for Van Dusen Garden and for six years prior to that was Garden Foreman at Park & Tilford Gardens. An award-winning horticulturalist and popular educator among gardening enthusiasts, Egan returns to South Delta Garden Club to share some of his vast knowledge via ZOOM

Garden Tour

October 20, 2020: Janine and Bruce Theideke

Mark your calendar for the October 20th presentation of the South Delta Garden Club “Home Movie” on YouTube! Settle down and enjoy a garden escape with a bowl of popcorn or a glass of wine….or both!

In the recent hot days of August, Angelika and Wendy visited the incredible Beach Grove garden of Janine and Bruce Thiedeke. This garden was on the June 2019 SDGC Tour and you may have had the good fortune to visit it then, but if you missed it or just didn’t have enough time to take it all in, join us in this video and photographic compilation.

Meet Janine and Bruce as they describe their efforts to ensure an abundant harvest of fruit and vegetables using espalier and vertical growing methods and by combining flowers and vegetables in limited-sized garden beds. Thriving bee hives, the creative use of found items, asparagus hedging, and water features enhance this charming small space.

The presentation will be available online from October 20th to 25th for memberers, after which it will be taken down. As with our September presentation, Members will receive a link to the presentation by advance email. 


Flower Arranging

November 17, 2020: Jessica Clark, Quince Fine Florals

We will be featuring Jessica Blossom Clark, the owner and young, creative floral mind at Quince Fine Florals in Vancouver. 

Jessica says that she was raised by a horticulturalist mother in a flowerfilled garden, with an appreciation for design! While in high school, she worked for Thomas Hobbs whom she considered to be her mentor, after which she worked for a top designer in New York, providing floral designs for Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. 

Jessica returned to Vancouver and in 2007, she started her own floral design business, Quince Fine Florals, which is known as one of Vancouver’s most creative, boutique floral design companies. Jessica finds inspiration in the natural world, travel, design, and decor.

After her return from the Vancouver flower market on Tuesday morning, Jessica will be at her 
workbench for us and will demonstrate some late Fall and early Holiday season designs using purchased flowers, as well as foraged materials that might still be found in our own gardens in November. Jessica will also discuss the most current design techniques and plant materials, which we can incorporate into our own designs. Members will be inspired by Jessica as we spend our coming winter days outside and plan our spring and summer gardens with future plant designs in mind! If you want to see some of her floral designs, check out her work on her Instagram account at Quince Fine Florals!