Coming Events

Upcoming MARS Events:

2024 MARS Annual Rhododendron Show and Sale

Enjoy free admission to the annual MARS Rhododendron Show and Plant Sale, featuring the flowers of early to mid-season blooming rhododendron species, along with local vendors selling gardening goodies and a variety of plants (not only rhododendrons).

This is your chance to consult the experts and purchase from a top-quality selection of rhododendrons and azaleas, from iron-clad garden standbys to rare and unusual varieties.

Rhododendron Society members and the public are invited to show their favourite rhododendron blooms (known as trusses).  Click here for more information

Location: Qualicum Beach Curling Club
Saturday April 20, 2024
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Everyone welcome — tell your friends!


2024 ARS Spring Convention

Save The Date!  May 2 – 5, 2024

Don’t miss the 2024 ARS Spring Convention in Bellingham, Washington!

Click here to download a printable poster, or visit for complete information.

Hope to see you there!


MARS May Meeting

The George Fraser Project

David McIntosh will present the fascinating history of George Fraser, the hybridizer of Rhododendron fraseri.  David’s presentation traces George’s life in Scotland and his emigration to Canada, where George established himself as an expert hybridizer and nurseryman.

Rhododendron fraseri is an historic low shrub of twiggy habit featuring unusual free-flowering small purple-pink flowers in May.  The shrub was originally raised in 1912 by George Fraser in British Columbia (from Millais Nurseries in England).

David McIntosh was born in Victoria but has spent the last 50 or so years in Ucluelet. He taught history at Ucluelet Secondary School for 33 years, and local history was his gateway to George Fraser and his work. In the 1990s, David helped with the George Fraser Memorial Project, sponsored by the local Lions Club. He also met Bill Dale at that time and saw his presentations about George. Since then, David has been looking into George Fraser’s life. He claims not to be a rhododendron expert but he has come to appreciate these amazing plants, and his Ucluelet garden now contains about 60 rhodos.

Location: Qualicum Beach Civic Centre
747 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach, BC
Wednesday May 8, 2024
7:30 PM

Visitors welcome – no admission charge


2024 MARS Mother’s Day Garden Tour

The second weekend in May is the annual MARS Mother’s Day Garden Tour, where the public gets to peek into the finest gardens in the Qualicum Beach / Parksville area!

Each year, our intrepid team seeks out unique and outstanding gardens within easy driving distance of Parksville and Qualicum Beach.  (If Mom’s a garden enthusiast, a MARS Garden Tour ticket makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift!)

In addition to their natural beauty, many gardens will also feature artists, floral art creations and Master Gardeners to answer your questions.

This is a self-guided tour — with your ticket, you can visit the gardens in any order you choose, and tour them at your own pace.

Location: Various private gardens
Date: May 11 & 12, 2024
 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM both days

Get your tickets early — this popular event sells out fast! Click here for ticket sale dates and locations, and printable event poster


More events coming — stay tuned!

Want to see what we’ve been up to in the past?  Click here to view video archives of some of our previous meetings.

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