Coming Events

Upcoming MARS Events

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

MARS April Meeting:  CANCELLED

Lionel de Rothschild

Exbury Gardens was the inspiration of Lionel Nathan de Rothschild. It was his vision, his dedication and his resources which have created one of the finest woodland gardens in Great Britain.

Lionel was born in 1882 into the famous banking family. By the mid-19th century, the Rothschilds were at the peak of their financial power and prestige throughout Europe. He bought the Exbury Estate in the New Forest in 1919. It was an isolated hamlet on the northern edge of the Solent which had a unique micro-climate ideally suited for growing rhododendrons.

Lionel made his garden during the era when plant hunters and explorers such as Frank Kingdon-Ward, George Forrest and Joseph Rock were bringing back seeds of hitherto unseen plants from the remoter areas of the Himalayas and South-East Asia. The grandson of Lionel de Rothschild (who coincidentally has the same name!) continues the family’s management of the estate as Exbury Gardens celebrates 100 years.

This meeting has been cancelled due to concerns over COVID-19. 


2020 MARS Annual Truss Show & Plant Sale:  CANCELLED

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

The 2020 Show and Sale has been cancelled due to concerns over COVID-19.


29th Annual MARS Garden Tour:  CANCELLED

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

In addition to their natural beauty, many gardens will also feature artists as well as Master Gardeners to answer your questions.  Click here for more information

We regret that this event has been cancelled due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation.  We hope you’ll join us next year!



A Tour of Wales: Historic Castles, Gardens, and Rhododendrons

Based on a 2018 tour organized by the Scottish Rhododendron Society

Garth and his wife, Sue will take you on a photographic journey through the green hills and valleys of Wales – focusing on towering rhododendrons, creative private and public gardens and historic National Trust castles.

This meeting has been cancelled due to concerns over COVID-19. 

Garth Wedemire has been a member of the Vancouver Rhododendron Society since 1975 and was one of the founding members of the Fraser Valley chapter. He has received three Bronze medals (Vancouver, Fraser Valley and North Island) and a Silver medal from District 1. 

Garth and Sue moved to Comox a few years ago and are active members of the North Island Rhododendron Society. Using his knowledge as a math and computer studies teacher, he has been instrumental in developing and maintaining many of the websites in District 1. His love of the genus Rhododendron has led him to travel to Nepal, China and to many gardens throughout Canada, the U.S., New Zealand and Great Britain.

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