Welcome to Mount Arrowsmith Rhododendron Society

COVID-19 Update:  Our club is still going strong!  We’re making plans for virtual meetings in autumn 2020 so please stay tuned for more information and schedules.  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’re hoping to have virtual meetings in autumn 2020 due to COVID-19.  Stay safe, stay well, everyone; and stay tuned for program announcements soon!


Next MARS Event:

Autumn 2020 events are cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation.  Stay safe, stay well, everyone!


What’s Blooming September 14, 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 view the complete gallery.

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