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Rejuvenating memorial garden at Delta Secondary

Garden club's community outreach stretches to Ladner high school
South Delta Evergreen Garden Club members will be rejuvenating and maintaining the memorial garden at Delta Secondary. Front row (from left): Peg Keenleyside, Regina Ruscheinski and Helen Dixon. Back row (from left): Heather Rudge, Louise Long, Hilary Sanders, Jenny Hards and Val Hanson.

Maintaining a memorial garden for the Delta Secondary students whose brief lives were cut tragically short in a 2002 accident on Deltaport Way is the new community outreach collaboration between the South Delta Evergreen Garden Club, parent Susan Marshall and the high school administration.

A rejuvenation of the 12-year-old garden on the grounds of DSS takes place on Saturday, March 15 and again on Saturday, March 29.

"The Evergreen Garden Club has a mandate to support community groups in the beautification of South Delta, so we are very pleased to be approached about supporting this project," says club president Hilary Sanders.

The club, amongst its other community outreach programs, maintains the Healing Garden in the courtyard

of Delta Hospital. Sanders says while the club's outreach projects are volunteer sustained, it also relies on fundraising efforts, such as the annual plant sale on May 3 this year, to financially support the maintenance and rejuvenation of community gardens.

"We look forward to building a relationship with the staff and students at DSS as this ongoing effort gets underway," says the club's vice-president Angelika Hedley, a former Delta school district teacher whose outreach work with the club includes giving beginner gardening courses at the Ladner library.

For information on how you can volunteer or donate to the DSS memorial garden rejuvenation project, contact the South Delta Evergreen Garden Club at