Coming Events

Upcoming MARS Events

 

2018 Fall Mini-Conference: 

“Navigating Garden Myths”

MARS and the Nanaimo Rhododendron Society are pleased to offer a day of education and enjoyment with internationally recognized gardening experts: 

  • Washington State University horticulture scientist Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott
  • Local garden expert and host of HGTV’s Bugs and Blooms Donna Balzer
  • UBC Botanical Garden associate director and curator Douglas Justice
  • Host of CFAX 1070’s Gardening 101 and site manager of Abkhazi Gardens Jeff de Jong
  • Comox horticulturist Dany Fortin

SOLD OUT
(But you can still sign up on the ticket waiting list – click here for more information)

Location:  Parksville Community and Conference Centre
132 Jensen Ave E, Parksville, BC V9P 2H2
Date:  October 28, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

 


MARS November Meeting:

“The History of Milner Gardens & Woodland”

At this meeting, Geoff Ball will offer us a glimpse into the fascinating history of Milner Gardens & Woodland, designated “One of the Ten Best Public Gardens in Canada” by Canadian Geographic Travel.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about Veronica Milner’s sweeping vision for a stunning woodland garden that has been enjoyed by thousands, including Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Princess Diana!

Location: Qualicum Beach Civic Centre
747 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach, BC
Date:
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Time:
7:30 PM

Visitors welcome

Geoff Ball is Vancouver Island University’s executive director in charge of Milner Gardens & Woodland.  He has a BSc in microbiology and has been a Horticulture Technician since 1995.  After working as a research assistant, technician, and instructor in Vancouver Island University’s Horticulture program, he took over the Horticulture Supervisor position with Milner Gardens & Woodland in 1998, overseeing the management of the grounds while coordinating students, volunteers, and construction projects.  In 2006 he took over the position of the Executive Director of the Gardens and continues in that role today.  Geoff is also the current President of Gardens British Columbia.

 

MARS December Social

Details coming soon

 

MARS January Meeting:

MARS Photo Night

This is your chance to shine (or simply to enjoy the talents of others).  Our photo night showcases our members’ gardening and photography talent in an evening of colour that never fails to brighten the darkness of winter!

We’d love to see your photos!  Please click here for submission guidelines.  Deadline for submission is Monday, December 31, 2018.

Location: Qualicum Beach Civic Centre
747 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach, BC
Date:
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Time:
7:30 PM

Visitors welcome

 

MARS February Meeting:

A Special Screening of the Acclaimed Film, “The Gardener”


Trailer The Gardener from Sébastien Chabot on Vimeo

To date, nine American cities have discovered the beauties of Les Quatre-Vents gardens through presentation of this documentary:  New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dallas, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis and Boston. MARS will be showcasing it for the first time in the mid-island area.

THE GARDENER
Sébastien Chabot | Canada | 2016 | 88 min / G
Renowned gardener and horticulturalist Francis Cabot receives an affectionate portrait in Sébastien Chabot’s feature debut. The Gardener offers an intimate tour of Cabot’s lush and expansive 20-acre English-style garden and estate in Charlevoix, Quebec. Through interviews with Cabot, and admirers such as former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, the film highlights his extraordinary scope and vision. Beautiful cinematography invites one to stroll Cabot’s gardens and explore different worlds crafted out of trees and hedges. This poetic documentary shows the harmonious relationship between people and nature and offers a compelling call for preservation.

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

Visitors welcome

 

MARS March Meeting:

“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.  Don’t miss this opportunity to share the excitement of Jonny’s international adventures!

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

Visitors welcome

From Ålesund, Norway, Ole Jonny Larsen is a freshly-retired schoolteacher and a popular speaker most recently featured at the 2018 ARS Conference in Germany.  Author of several books on rhododendrons and plant hunting, Jonny has also written for the ARS Journal, The RSF yearbook, The Royal Horticultural Society’s Rhododendron, Magnolia and Camellia yearbook, plus the newsletters of the Scandinavian Rhododendron Societies.  He has participated in three plant hunting expeditions to Yunnan and Sichuan, China; and runs a nursery supplying species rhododendrons to Scandinavian collectors.  He has one of the largest collections of species rhododendrons in Norway (and Scandinavia).

 

 

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

Dates to be announced

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.  Don’t miss it!

Location to be announced
Time to be announced

 

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…

 

MARS June Social

It’s our wind-up for the year, and all members are invited!  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

 

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

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