November through February is when gardens in these parts look dark and gloomy – just like the weather.
Garden expert Howard Wills will help brighten things up at the first meeting of 2019 for the South Delta Garden Club on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
Wills will speak about Sempervivums and show off the many colourful varieties of this amazing evergreen, drought hardy plant that can give gardens a simple colour and foliage boost at difficult times.
Wills is a life-long gardening enthusiast, a plantaholic if you will, and owner of Fernwood Nursery in the UK specializing in Sempervivum (houseleeks or hen-and-chicks) and related plants.
He has exhibited these plants at all the major Royal Horticultural Society flower shows. The exhibits have been awarded RHS gold medals at Chelsea Flower Show, Hampton Court Palace, Gardener’s World Live, Tatton Park, Malvern and RHS Wisley Flower Show.
The nursery is managed in an environmentally-sensitive way and Willis is also very keen on watching, recording and studying native fauna and flora.
The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. at Ladner Christian Reformed Church, 4594-54A St. Guests are $5, which can be applied to $20 yearly membership.