Coming Events

Upcoming MARS Events

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
Saturday, April 20, 2019
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
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
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


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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