The South Delta Garden Club
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. Membership $30 / year, Guest $10 per meeting
“Garden Dirt” Q&A’s - Virtual Meeting on the 2nd Friday of the month to ask questions and share knowledge.
Club activities include day tours, visits to club members' gardens, workshops, community projects, a summer picnic and Christmas party. Check out our Event's page for details.
*No meeting in July, Aug & Dec. Click Find Us for location details
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Oct 18th Speaker
The Complete Talk on Ground Covers
Doors open at 7:00 pm
Speaker begins at 7:30 pm
Plants that reduce maintenance, control erosion, improve the environment, and beautify the landscape – Ground covers are widely thought of as utilitarian, but these plants also offer a diverse range of beautiful and intriguing options with a variety of colors, textures, and forms. They can unify a landscape, knit together plantings and hardscape, and add extra layers of beauty, dynamism, and surprise.
As a replacement for lawns, they can reduce our use of water, fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides, carbon-based fuels, and transform a yard into a diverse landscape of habitat and food for native insects, birds, and other wildlife. In this companion talk to Gary’s encyclopedia The Complete Book of Ground Covers to be published by Timber Press in fall 2022, Gary will highlight the functional and aesthetic uses of ground covers in the landscape including tips and tricks for designing with ground covers to take your outdoor space to the next level and a discussion on the diverse services ground covers can provide to make gardens more sustainable.
Horticulturalist Gary Lewis is the owner of Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd., a local nursery in Richmond, BC and a renowned online source of specialty plants shipping across Canada. Gary’s popular talks have become regular highlights of garden group meetings throughout BC, Washington, Oregon and beyond.
In 2013 Gary was selected as Communicator of the Year by the BC Landscape and Nursery Association and his nursery won the “Growing Gardeners” category of the Canadian Garden Centre of the Year Awards in 2012 and 2013 for his work educating the gardening public. He has also been a regular speaker at the BC Home and Garden Show and other public and professional shows, conferences and on radio shows.
Giving Back to the Community
SDGC's purpose is to promote the love of gardening, to protection and conservation of native trees, plants, and wildlife, and to work for the beautification of South Delta.
We actively maintain 3 public gardens to showcase our efforts. Members volunteer their time and plants, twice weekly. It's a friendly way to meet other members. We share our knowledge and skills while maintaining these gardens.
Each garden has a lead gardener to coordinate efforts. Join us; have fun digging in the dirt and learn as you go.
DSS Memorial Garden in memory of senior students who died in a tragic accident on Delta Port Way.
Delta Hospital Healing Garden, the inner courtyard beside the cafeteria
Delta Hospital's extended care wing Mountain View Manor's 3 gated patios and flagpole berm.
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.
Who has not celebrated the crocus bloom and rejoiced in the blush of early cherries? After the atmospheric river and two severe (for the lower mainland) cold snaps, the sight of early blooms is so cheering.
At this time of year a few minutes of gardening every day is much safer for you than a major marathon on the weekend.
Remember, we are a very significant living creature in the managed ecosystem we are striving to create. It can be hard to scale down our aspirations to a 70’ by 50’ suburban plot after viewing stately gardens, public flower beds and orchards on the hillside. But that is what we have to do.
Along with spring mulching on the mixed flower beds we must consider our own energy levels and budget. Features of our garden that once provided significant gratification can suddenly become burdensome. Plants that we took pride in regularly maintaining simply become overgrown or threadbare. We need to revise, edit and adapt. Easy words that must be turned into action.
As this year has been promoted as The Year of the Garden, consider the GARDENER. We have to do what we must to maintain our joy in our patch, whatever its size or constituent parts. Redesigning our beds, creating level walkways, installing hardier more floriferous perennials and selecting shrubs and trees that need less pruning should all be considered in our quest to achieve beauty but reduce the strain on ourselves, West Coast Seeds has excellent lawn substitutions. Positive results from effort reduction measures should increase the pleasure we derive from our time in the garden.
What is one change you have made to your garden that has pleased you? Our Club is the perfect place to discover what specific methods, products and plants work here. Cheers.