Garden Tour 2023

was on Sunday, June 25th, 2023

We peered around gates and peeked into backyards to discover distinct gardens all worthy of your visit so that you can be inspired and increase your knowledge of gardening on the Pacific Northwest Coast. There were both floral and vegetable beds on display and sustainable gardening techniques in practice.   

This year the Tour included a cutting garden, a colourful, shade-filled woodland garden, a floriferous sunny garden, an Asian-influenced garden appealing to the senses, a modern cottage garden, a forester’s garden, a mature estate garden, three artists’ gardens and a tranquil, low-maintenance meditative garden. Visitors also got a chance to visit a public garden with specially arranged guided tours.  Altogether, visitors could view 10 private gardens and one public garden. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do people view the gardens?  By car or bicycle in any order you wish. Ladner market is in full swing so be prepared for congestion in central Ladner. 

The Tour is self-guided and the ticket includes two maps of where the gardens are located in both Ladner and Tsawwassen in South Delta. People will generally carpool to each location but you can also bicycle there, if you are a good cyclist.

Are there any special features on the Garden Tour this year? 

Yes! In addition to 10 private and distinct gardens that you otherwise would not be able to see, we have a public garden providing specially arranged guided tours. There will be different types of guided tours, each of them about 20-minutes long. See your ticket for tour types and times. 

In addition, it is worth noting that three of the private gardens are owned or co-owned by artists (and you will be able to get a peek at their creative works.)

Is there a special theme to this year’s Garden Tour? 

How to incorporate both floral and vegetable beds in large and smaller spaces. There are interesting examples of using vertical space for small-space gardening and there are several sustainable gardening ideas in the choice of plants, watering systems, and gardening techniques on display. 

What happens to the money raised through ticket sales?

Funds from the sale of Tour tickets will be directed to 

1) expenses related to Tour organization, 

2) the purchase of plants and garden supplies for the Delta Hospital Healing Garden, the Mountain View Manor Therapeutic Garden, and the Delta Secondary School Memorial Garden, all three of which are tended year-round by Club volunteers, 

3) South Delta Garden Club educational programs and scholarship fund, and finally 

4) operational Club costs.