South Delta Garden Club Welcomes Master Gardener as Next Speaker


The South Delta Garden Club (SDGC) is pleased to announce that educator and master gardener Megan Zeni will be the guest speaker at the South Delta Garden Club in-person meeting on Tuesday, June 21.

The meeting is open to anyone interested in gardening.

Zeni’s topic, Playful Gardening with Young Children, will focus on how homeowners can prepare their garden spaces so that they feel inviting for young children. The presentation will highlight simple design features, which encourage playful exploration of private gardens. Zeni will also review kid-friendly vegetables that can be strategically planted to engage children in the joys and wonders of growing and harvesting. And with the late start to the horticultural season this year, June is the perfect time to help inspire the little people of the yard.

Zeni is a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests focus on the pedagogies of place and play in elementary schools. Zeni has 25 years of teaching experience and currently teaches entirely outdoors in a K-7 outdoor and garden classroom.

Zeni suggests that there is no age limit for starting children in the garden; infants enjoy the multi-sensory experience of being outdoors and can be placed in shaded areas of the garden. Children in the crawling stage can enjoy the garden by being driven around in a wheelbarrow. Toddlers can be given small tools to play in the dirt to start capturing their interest. The pandemic has accelerated interest in the outdoors and provides a timely perspective through which to teach children.

A key principle that the educator stresses in her work consulting with schools, and which also applies to parents and grandparents who introduce children and grandchildren to gardening, is not to let learning be directed by the adult but rather by the child.

The meeting will be held at the Ladner Christian Reformed Church at 4594 54A St. in Delta. Doors open at 7 p.m. Presentation of speakers begins at 7:30 p.m. Entrance and parking are at the back. Everyone is welcome. The cost for members is free. Guests: $10 at the door. Guest fees for this event may be credited towards the purchase of an annual membership.

The South Delta Garden Club is made up of 138 local gardening enthusiasts who come together to share information in a positive social environment. Club activities include day trips, garden club member garden tours, workshops, work groups and fundraising events to support community projects. Featured speaker events are open to members and the public.

For more information about the Club and its activities, including monthly speakers, visit www.southdeltagardenclub.ca or contact Club Vice President Susan Lilholt at: susan.lilholt@gmail.com or call 604-306-1079.

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