Mount Arrowsmith Rhododendron Society
Our Regular Monthly Meetings are held at 7:30 pm at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre.
MARS Garden Tour
Saturday and Sunday May 13 and 14
The annual MARS Garden Tour will be held on May 13 and 14 this year.
Featured are 10 Gardens plus an extra, all in Qualicum Beach and Parksville.
Tickets, $15 ,which cover both days of the tour, are available at:
Mulberry Bush Book Stores, Qualicum Beach and Parksville, Ken-Dor Garden Centre, Qualicum Beach Arrowsmith Greenhouses, Qualicum Beach Milner Gardens and Woodland, Qualicum Beach CultivateGarden and Gift, Parksville Buckerfield’s, Parksville
Children, 12 and under do not need a ticket
The ticket includes a $2 off voucher for Milner Gardens and Woodland
Our Next Meeting. Wednesday May 10, 2017
Speaker: Bill Macmillan. Subject: Companion Plants for Rhododendrons
As Curator at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, self-described plant enthusiast Bill
McMillan will share his considerable knowledge of rhododendrons and their garden companions.
A geologist by training, Bill was always enthusiastic about plants and upon
retirement, focused on rhododendrons. A volunteer in the Rhododendron and Hosta
Garden at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, Bill soon became Curator of the
garden. Over the years, he has increased the number of companion plants in the garden
to bring interest when rhododendrons are not in bloom.
Bill has shared his considerable knowledge and experience through presentations to
garden clubs, and teaching Master Gardener classes and HCP college students.
A very active volunteer with the VictoriaRhododendron Society, Bill worked on both
the 2006 and 2015 conventions, and hasserved as society President. Bill propagates
and grows rhododendrons, alpines and other plants from seed and cuttings.
For more information on this meeting and on MARS, see our “most recent newsletter” on the left of this page, under the rhodo picture
MARS Rhodo Show and Plant Sale
The MARS Rhodo Show and Plant Sale was held on Saturday 22 April. 2017 at the Parksville Curling Club. It was well attended and most people found what they wanted in Rhodos for their gardens. The show included a judged display of Rhodo Trusses, a surprising number, considering how late the Rhodos were this year because of the rainy and cold spring.
Many of the entrants received recognition from the judges and were awarded cups or ribbons to recognize the quality of their entries. A full description of the show and a complete list of all winners can be found on pages 3 and 4 of the May edition of “The Rhodovine”, the newsletter of MARS. This can be found by clicking on our “most recent newsletter’ on the left of this page, underneath the Rhodo picture