Did you know that there is a garden club in Delta? Actually, there are two garden clubs, the South Delta Evergreen Garden Club and the Delta Diggers. The Delta Diggers garden club is based in North Delta and meets on the third Thursday of the month, except December and January, at the Kennedy Heights Seniors Center, 11760 88th Avenue in Delta,BC. Meetings begin at 730. I was honoured to present a talk at the Delta Diggers. What a welcoming group of gardeners. If you live in South Delta you may have heard of the South Delta Evergreen Garden Club. Its been in Delta since 1952. The garden club meets every third Tuesday at Kin House in Ladner, every month except July and August. It’s at this time of year when my gardens are beginning to wind down that I am seeking out new ideas for next years garden. What a better place to get inspiration by going to listen to great garden speakers at a garden club. This month the South Delta Evergreen Garden club has Pamela, Wendy and Elke from Botanus coming to talk about unusual bulbs for your garden. I have planted most of my spring-flowering bulbs but I am always game to buy some more. Isn’t every gardener? I am positive that this crew from Botanus will have some bulbs to sell. Why not add something a bit different to your garden this fall?
Lets take a quick look at what the garden club does in our community. Did you know they regularly maintain the courtyard garden at Delta Hospital. This garden is stunning and a wonderful place for patients and visitors alike. I know I spent a lot of time visiting a family member and enjoyed the garden on a daily basis. It provides the calm during stressful times of patient care.
The South Delta Evergreen Garden club has many community projects and they are always looking for more. A few years ago they donated $2500 to the Ladner Community Garden so they could continue to build at the garden. They also help at Delta Secondary school memorial garden, a place dear to the hearts of many in our community.
I have been a member of the South Delta Evergreen Garden club for about ten years. Why do I love it? This is one of the tours we went one. I love getting out and looking at other gardens. From visiting members gardens to public display gardens, the club organizes tours several times each year. Each month the speakers are amazing and I always come home having learned something new.
At club meetings, members hold a show and share table. Members are encouraged to bring something from their garden. It is not judged so no pressure. You can display your favourite flower or the harvest from your garden.
In December, the club gets together with a garden designer who shows them how to create a winter centerpiece. There are lots of laughs and conversation on these nights as we all try to be creative.
The big event of the year is the plant sale. Over the years the garden club held plant sales that had lone lineups in the early morning hours. People knew they would get prized one of a kind plants at the sale. Over the last few years the garden club has held its annual plant sale at the Delta Hospital extended care ward. You see, a huge part of the profit from the plant sale goes back to the hospital. That’s what this garden club is all about, being a member in the community and giving back.
Are you going to come to a meeting? You can attend a meeting at no cost. Come try the club out and see if it suits your needs. Say hello if you see me there. The yearly membership is $20 and runs from January to December. Kin House is at 5050 47 avenue in Ladner.