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Garden Club welcomes back in-person meetings

Canadian horticulturalist Janis Matson appears at in-person meeting
Blue Poppy
Himalayan Blue Poppy.

The South Delta Garden Club (SDGC) is pleased to announce that Canadian horticulturalist Janis Matson will be the featured speaker on Tuesday, May 17 as the club resumes its in-person meetings.

As a 30-year industry veteran, Matson is known for her depth of knowledge about plants and garden design and has led her company, Shoreline Landscape Design Ltd, for the past 25 years. She is also a faculty member and instructor at both Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Langley with the Horticultural Diploma and Apprenticeship programs and at Burnaby Community Education with the Horticultural Hardscape, Plant ID Certificate and Apprenticeship programs. In addition, Matson teaches in the Adult Education program at VanDusen Botanical Garden and is a popular guest speaker at various garden clubs throughout the Lower Mainland.  

“People need to understand their space, do a site analysis that includes soil type, depth and structure, drainage, any supplemented water,” she said. “Do they want turf? Is the garden on a slope? Are there mature trees? What is the light exposure? Is there wind? Root competition? Drought tolerance? What is the purpose of the garden? Do they want entertainment space? A soccer field for the kids?”

On Tuesday, Matson will present on the topic of: Out of the Ordinary Annuals and Perennials. She hints that her favourite summer perennial is the unusual Himalayan Blue Poppy.

The meeting will be held at Ladner Christian Reformed Church at 4594 54A St., in Delta. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the presentation at 7:30 p.m. Entrance and parking are around the back. All are welcome. Cost to members is free. Guests: $10 at the door. Guest fee for this event may be credited towards the purchase of an annual membership.

The South Delta Garden Club is comprised of 135 local gardening enthusiasts who gather to share information in a positive social environment. Club activities include day tours, visits to garden club members’ gardens, workshops, work parties and fundraising events to support community projects. Featured speaker events are open to both members and the public.

For more information about the Club and its activities, including monthly speakers, visit or contact club vice-president Susan Lilholt at: or call 604-306-1079.