Coming Events

Upcoming MARS Events


MARS Monthly Meeting:

It’s summertime and we’re outside playing in our gardens!  We’ll announce our lineup of fascinating fall speakers soon – watch this space for details.

Our next regular meeting will be on September 12, 2018.

Happy Summer!

Speaker TBA

Location:  Qualicum Beach Civic Centre
747 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach, BC

Time:  7:30 PM

Visitors welcome!


27th Annual MARS Garden Tour:

May 12 & 13, 2018

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

This year we invite you to enjoy a wide variety of garden sizes and styles, from mature rhododendrons to natural woodland gardens, bonsai, productive vegetables, and even xeriscaping.

Master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions, and some gardens even feature art and music.  Two days of beauty for only $15!

Tickets are available at local garden centres and include admission to the gardens on both days, as well as a discount to Milner Gardens.

Click here for the Garden Tour poster


ARS 2018 Convention

May 20-27, 2018

Rhododendron enthusiasts from all over the world will gather in Bremen, Germany for the 2018 American Rhododendron Society Convention.

Click here for 2018 ARS Convention information

Location:  Bremen, Germany


2018 Fall Mini-Conference:  Navigating Garden Myths

October 28, 2018

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

Seating is limited, so register early – don’t miss this information-packed day!

Click here for 2018 Fall Mini-Conference information and registration

Location:  Parksville Community and Conference Centre
132 Jensen Ave E, Parksville, BC V9P 2H2

Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM


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


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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