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

Jan 18th Speaker

Robert (Bob) Wilmott and Hayne Wai

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

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

This Ming Dynasty style classical Chinese garden opened in Vancouver’s Chinatown in 1986 and is the first full Chinese garden ever built outside of China. Bob and Hayne’s presentation centres around the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and the four main elements of a 16th century Ming style garden: architecture, water, plants and rocks. Bob and Hayne also bring in the history of the Garden, its inception, construction and location within Vancouver’s Chinatown. They will showcase the essential elements of a classical Chinese Garden and walk us through the halls, courtyards and corridors with particular reference to the appropriate maintenance of plants, shrubs and trees to reflect a classical Ming Dynasty elegance. This is a ZOOM Powerpoint™ presentation with live commentary.

Both Bob and Hayne are past board members and current docents at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden. Bob is a veteran Master Gardener, retired garden designer and chaired the Garden’s Facilities Committee which was responsible for the overall management of the structures, plants, rocks and water in the Garden. Hayne is also a Master Gardener, a founding board member, past-president of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of B.C. and has researched and published on Vancouver’s Chinatown. During the last few years Bob and Hayne have presented to many garden clubs in metro Vancouver and Victoria as part of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden outreach program.

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.

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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