Coming Events

Upcoming MARS Events


MARS March Meeting Special Presentation:

“Plant Hunting – The Experience of an Amateur”

Jonny Larsen comes to us all the way from Norway to share a fascinating account of his experiences as an amateur plant hunter. 

The current president of the Norwegian Rhododendron Society, Jonny is an intrepid explorer for rhododendrons in the wild, especially to Yunnan and Sechuan, China, with his travels often published in the Journal of the American Rhododendron Society (JARS). He has also authored books about rhododendron species, plant hunters and Rhododendron Gardens in Norway.

In additions to his articles in JARS, Jonny has written articles for the Rhododendron Species Foundation Yearbook, the Royal Horticultural Society, and the Rhododendron, Magnolia and Camellia Group, plus magazine articles for the Scandinavian Rhododendron Societies. He is a frequent speaker at meetings in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, and was a featured speaker at the recent ARS 2018 Convention held in Bremen, Germany.

Now a retired teacher, Jonny has a small “backyard” nursery producing species rhododendrons for collectors in Norway and northern Europe, having one of the largest collections of species rhododendrons in Scandinavia.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear this interesting, well-travelled and very knowledgeable speaker!

Location: Qualicum Beach Civic Centre
747 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach, BC
Date:
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Time:
7:30 PM

Visitors welcome – Non-members $5 at the door (no advance registration required).  Free admission to MARS members and associate members. 

 

MARS April Meeting:

Circle of Knowledge

What better way to learn about rhododendron culture than to ask the experts?  This special meeting distills hundreds of years of cumulative knowledge into a delightfully informal round-table Q&A about rhododendron species, culture, and propagation.

Learn the tips and tricks of the pros, and take advantage of club members’ in-depth knowledge of how to succeed with rhododendrons right here in Oceanside.  All questions are welcome, from the simplest to the most complex!

Location: Qualicum Beach Civic Centre
747 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach, BC
Date:
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Time:
7:30 PM

Visitors welcome


2019 MARS Annual Truss Show & Plant Sale

Free admission! 

Each year the public is welcomed to the MARS Annual Truss Show and Plant Sale.  Rhododendron enthusiasts exhibit their prize-winning flowers and foliage, and vendors offer a wonderful range of plants, garden tools and accessories.

This is a perfect opportunity to snap up gardening bargains and discover a variety of new and unusual plants (not only rhododendrons).  Don’t miss it!

Would you like to exhibit your rhodo trusses?  Everyone is welcome to compete, and there’s no entry fee!  Click here for more information

Location: Parksville Curling Club
220 Corfield Street North, Parksville, BC
Date:
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Time:
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Free Admission – Public welcome

 

MARS May Meeting:

“The Changing Focus of Gardening”

At the May meeting, long-time nurseryman Bernie Dinter will provide an overview of how society’s expectation of gardening is changing with the new Millennial generation, who are interested in gardening but from the perspective of growing food and sustaining the environment.  Today’s gardener is less knowledgeable, but expects a garden to supply food, to be bee and pollinator friendly, and to reflect their environmental values.  A fascinating inside look at how the horticultural industry is changing to keep itself relevant!

Location: Qualicum Beach Civic Centre
747 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach, BC
Date:
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Time:
7:30 PM

Visitors welcome

Bernie Dinter has been in the nursery business for over 40 years, starting with a degree in Plant Science from the UBC Department of Agriculture.  The Department of Agriculture has now changed its name to ‘Land and Food Systems’ reflecting the changing perception of growing plants.  

 

 

28th Annual MARS Garden Tour

Mother’s Day weekend 2019

The annual MARS Garden Tour lets you peek into beautiful private gardens in the Qualicum Beach – Parksville area!

Stay tuned for more information…

Public welcome

 

MARS June Social

It’s our members-only wind-up for the year!  Enjoy a delicious potluck dinner and awards presentation with all your friends from MARS.

Date to be announced
Location to be announced
Time to be announced

Members only

 

2019 Fall Conference: 

Rhododendrons By The Seaside

September 27 – 29, 2019

This conference will focus on the theme of “Rhodos As The World Warms”

Speakers to be announced
Location to be announced

Time: 12:00 noon Friday September 27, 2019 to 12:00 noon Sunday September 29, 2019

Public welcome

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