Welcome to Mount Arrowsmith Rhododendron Society

COVID-19 Update:  All our spring meetings and events are cancelled to comply with social-distancing requirements, but our club is still going strong!  Click here for the COVID-19 message from our President.

Click here to enjoy a virtual tour of what’s blooming in our members’ gardens  (Pages might be slow to load because we have so many beautiful photos!)


Hello, rhododendron enthusiasts!A gorgeous garden from the Mount Arrowsmith Rhododendron Society's annual garden tour.

Vancouver Island, British Columbia is one of the few areas in Canada where most rhododendrons can flourish.  If you’re new to rhododendrons, you’ll be amazed by the variety and beauty of these wonderful shrubs.

Whether you’re a long-time rhodo grower or a novice gardener, Mount Arrowsmith Rhododendron Society (MARS) welcomes you to join us. Our large and vibrant club offers fascinating educational talks at our monthly meetings, along with door prizes of gorgeous young rhodos and the opportunity to relax with coffee, tea, and goodies while you enjoy the company of other enthusiastic gardeners. Better yet, our regular meetings are open to members, visitors, and the public!  Click here to view our meeting and event schedule.

MARS is also active in the community, organizing the popular annual Mother’s Day Garden Tour, the annual Rhododendron Show and Plant Sale, and contributing rhododendrons and volunteer labour to Milner Gardens and Woodland.  And don’t forget the special member benefits like Q&A sessions with our rhododendron experts, private garden tours, and discounts at local garden centres and nurseries!  We also work with other garden clubs in the Qualicum Beach, Parksville, Port Alberni, and Nanoose Bay area, to support local events and share each others’ event calendars.

Join us today – we look forward to meeting you soon!

Have questions?  Click here to contact us

Next MARS Meeting:

We are cancelling our spring 2020 meetings due to the COVID-19 situation.  Stay safe, stay well, everyone!


Next MARS Event:

We are cancelling our spring 2020 events due to the COVID-19 situation.  Stay safe, stay well, everyone!


What’s Blooming August 3, 2020
This is a new initiative so we can enjoy each others’ gardens virtually during COVID-19.  We’d love to feature your photos — please click here to find out how to participate!

Please click on the image below to go to the complete album.  To view albums from previous months, please click here.


How to submit photos for What’s Blooming:

Please name each photo file with the name of the plant(s) (e.g., ‘Rhododendron Snow Lady.jpg’).  If you want your own name(s) or the garden location to be displayed in the subtitle, include it in the name of the photo, too (e.g. ‘Snow Lady from a coastal garden in Qualicum Beach.jpg’).  Whatever you name the photo, that’s what the caption will read.

Send as many photos as you like, as long as each photo is named appropriately.  We’re hoping to use these photo albums as bloom-time references from year to year, so having plant names is important. But if you don’t know the name of the plant, just label it “Unknown”.

The album will be updated every Monday, so if you want your photos in the current week’s album, please send them by midnight Sunday.  Please email your photos to:


Thanks for participating!


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