Coming Events

Upcoming MARS Events

2019 ARS Fall Conference: 

“Rhododendrons By The Seaside”

Focusing on the theme of “Rhodos As The World Warms”, the three-day conference welcomes rhododendron enthusiasts from all over the world, and features an all-star lineup of speakers, workshops, great meals, a bus tour, and much more!

Don’t miss this weekend of learning, food, fun, and fellowship.  Seats are limited, so register early!

Click here for complete conference information

Time: 12:00 noon Friday September 27, 2019 to 12:00 noon Sunday September 29, 2019
Public welcome, registration required

MARS October Meeting:

“A Secret Garden:  Darts Hill Garden Park” and “Delaware River Valley”

Bestselling author Margaret Cadwaladr will give us a behind-the-scenes look at her latest book A Secret Garden: The Story of the Darts Hill Garden Park.

Ed and Francisca Darts transformed their rough, stump-covered acreage into an internationally acclaimed garden containing many rare and unusual plants. Beloved for her enthusiasm, Francisca was associated with the most respected garden groups and individuals of her time. The Darts donated their garden to the City of Surrey.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to learn more about the book, its author, and the true story of  how Francisca Darts’s vision and imagination brought beauty and diversity to Darts Hill Garden, now open to Surrey and the world!

As a bonus at this meeting, Linda Derkach will take us on a meander through the Delaware River Valley in  Pennsylvania,  and focus on some of the features of gardens in that part of the eastern US.

Location: Qualicum Beach Civic Centre
747 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach, BC
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
7:30 PM
Visitors welcome

Margaret Cadwaladr is the author of “A Secret Garden: The Story of the Darts Hill Garden Park”, a project she took on as a volunteer.  She also wrote In Veronica’s Garden: The Social History of the Milner Gardens and Woodland. A new, expanded edition of this Canadian best-seller was published in 2018.  A graduate of UBC (Dip. Adult Ed, MA), Margaret’s interests include garden history, life writing and memoir.  Margaret lives in Langley with her husband Jim.


Our complete 2019-2020 lineup of speakers and events will be available soon – stay tuned to this page!

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