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. 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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May 17th Speaker

Janis Matson

Out of the Ordinary Annuals & Perennials

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

in Person

Janis will highlight some plants that she thinks are out of the ordinary – plants that could add a unique punch or diversify your garden. She will look at plant choices that are possibly new to you and spotlight some forgotten classics. She’ll discuss diverse possibilities with the emphasis on exposure, colour, texture, form and structure. Janis’ presentation will help you design a forgotten corner or fill a spot where you wanted something just a little different!

Janis graduated with a Diploma in Landscape Design and Horticulture, and later became an Arborist Risk Assessor. She furthered her education when she obtained her Floral Design Certificate, Arborist Certificate, Red Seal Journeyman ticket, Level 1 Irrigation Certificate, and the ICPI - Paver installation Certificate. Janis also earned the Provincial Instructors Diploma and has put it to good use over the years as a Faculty Instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Langley with the Horticultural Diploma and Apprenticeship programs. She is also a Contract Faculty Instructor at Burnaby Community Education with the Horticultural Hardscape, Plant ID Certificate and Apprenticeship programs. In some of her spare time, Janis teaches in the Adult Education program at Van Dusen Botanical Garden and is a popular Guest Speaker at various garden clubs throughout the Lower Mainland.

Born in Burnaby, BC, Janis is known to be creative, enthusiastic and fun and enjoys to work with people. Beyond appreciating nature and plants, Janis makes time for photography and sports.

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.

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.


President's Message

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.

Heather Fayers