Coming Events

Upcoming MARS Events:

MARS January Meeting

MARS Members’ Slide Show; and Iceland Plants and Gardening

Welcome to our annual showcase of member photographs!  This is our members’ chance to ‘show and tell’ about their gardening adventures.

Also, Glen Jamieson will present a slideshow on the plants and gardening techniques in Iceland.  Don’t miss it!

Dr. Glen Jamieson has a B.Sc. in Agriculture from McGill University, and spent over 30 years as a research scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Now retired, he is a keen gardener who has established a large tropical rhododendron (Vireya) collection and has travelled extensively on botanical trips to Central America, South America, and Asia. He is a recipient of the Gold Medal award from the American Rhododendron Society, as well as the Bronze Medal award from Mount Arrowsmith Rhododendron Society.  He is the editor of both JARS (Journal of the American Rhododendron Society) and Rhododendrons International.

Location: Qualicum Beach Civic Centre
747 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach, BC
Date:
Wednesday January 11, 2023
Time:
7:30 PM

Visitors welcome – no admission charge!

 

MARS February Meeting

Healthy Soil:  If your soil could talk, what would it say?

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about a gardener’s most valuable resource, when soil scientist Tamara Dinter gives us all the dirt about soil!

Dinter Nursery, in Duncan, BC, has been owned and operated by the Dinter family for 50 years.  Tamara’s career at the nursery began at age 5 sweeping floors for $1 per hour, affectionately overseen by her “Opa.” Tamara’s interest in plants was later sparked through the joys of Community Gardening at the University of Victoria, leading her to apprenticeships on organic farms in Quebec (Ferme Coopérative Tourne-Sol), South Africa and Chile, followed by completing advanced degrees in Agriculture and Environmental Science in Europe. Returning to the nursery full-time in 2020, Tamara is passionate about continuing her family’s gardening legacy in the Cowichan Valley.

Location: Qualicum Beach Civic Centre
747 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach, BC
Date:
Wednesday February 8, 2023
Time:
7:30 PM

Visitors welcome – no admission charge!

 

MARS March Meeting

Plant Culture Round Table

This is your chance to get answers to your thorniest gardening questions!  Ask our experts:  John Deniseger, Linda Derkach, Sue Klapwijk, and Glen Jamieson.

Location: Qualicum Beach Civic Centre
747 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach, BC
Date:
Wednesday March 8, 2023
Time:
7:30 PM

Visitors welcome – no admission charge!

 

2023 MARS Annual Rhododendron Show & Plant Sale

At the MARS Annual Rhododendron Show and Plant Sale, rhododendron enthusiasts exhibit their favourite flowers and foliage, and local 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 show off your beautiful rhodos?  Everyone is welcome to display their flowers, and there’s no entry fee!  Click here for more information

Location: TBA
Date:
Saturday, April 22, 2023
Time:
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Open to the public – no admission charge!

More events coming soon – 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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