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.

“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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Membership $30 / year

Nov 16th Speaker

Stephanie Rose

Gardens + Art = Garden Therapy

Doors open at 7:00 pm
Speaker begins at 7:30 pm

Looking for artistic ideas to add something fabulous to your home and garden for the holiday season and beyond? Of course you are!

Gorgeous containers, living artwork, nature crafts, and holiday décor are just some of inspirational projects you will see in this lively and fun seminar by Stephanie Rose, the author and artist behind

Take a peek inside the creative vault for showstopping DIYs that are easy to make but look like they should be displayed at a show garden. Many of these projects can be done in an hour but the benefit of a little Garden Therapy will provide a boost to well-being for much longer.

Bio:Stephanie Rose is an award-winning author, freelance writer, and instructor who aims to encourage healing and wellness through gardening. She is trained as a Master Gardener, Permaculture Designer, Herbalist, and Natural Skincare Formulator. Her fun and approachable persona combined with many ideas for growing and using plants creatively make her a popular international speaker and workshop facilitator.

Stephanie has written several books including Garden Alchemy: 80 Recipes and Concoctions for Organic Fertilizers, Plant Elixirs, Potting Mixes, Pest Deterrents, and More (Cool Springs Press, 2020), Home Apothecary (Leisure Arts, 2018), The Natural Beauty Recipe Book (Rose Garden Press, 2016), and Garden Made: A Year of Seasonal Projects to Beautify Your Garden and Your Life (Roost Books, 2015), which was a Gold Medal Winner from the 2016 Independent Publishers Book Awards (the “IPPYs”).

Stephanie is a member of Garden Communicators International, the Permaculture Institute of North America, the International Herb Association, and volunteers to develop children’s gardens as a Vancouver Master Gardener. She shares stories, recipes, and projects on her inspiring website,

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 DeltaPort 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.

More Info

Monthly TO DO

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

Oct Speaker Recap

Willoughby Aravelo

Learning to Know Mushrooms

By Heather Fayers

Willoughby Arevalo provided a gentle introduction to the wide world of fungi. Generally the aim is to produce spores, to spread around and grow more mycelia. Think of puff balls. Luxury fungi like truffles count on animals to dig them up, eat them and spread their spores.

The first step in locating edible mushrooms in the wild is to learn to identify trees which support the growth of the fungi you want. Then determine the correct time of year. Some, like flowers come out in the summer, while many are produced in the fall. Learn to recognize which categories of mushrooms have both edible and poisonous varieties. Determine the distinguishing characteristics of each. There are so many different types of fungi, everything from bread yeast to rust to the popular Money’s mushrooms like crimini, button mushroom or porto bello. Willoughby advised they were all from the same species but subjected to more or less light and differing lengths of growth.

If you find a Death Cap mushroom, (The Saturday Sun contained a good article) it is not poisonous to touch but pick carefully, place it in a plastic bag and dispose of it in the garbage, as the toxins will survive in the compost bin. These look like the edible mushroom and can be attractive to toddlers and dogs. They were imported from Europe on the roots of ornamental beech, oak, hornbeam and linden trees. Since arriving from Europe they have become adapted to growing on the native Garry oaks and other trees in Northern California.

Mr. Arevalo’s book, DIY Mushroom Cultivation contains many helpful references and is available directly from him. His work can be seen at and