Coming Events

Upcoming MARS Events

MARS December Social

The members-only Christmas social will be held on December 8, 2019.  Good food, good fellowship, good fun!

 

MARS January Meeting:

MARS Photo Night

This is your chance to shine (or simply to enjoy the talents of others).  Our photo night showcases our members’ gardening and photography talent in an evening of colour that never fails to brighten the darkness of winter!

We’d love to see your photos!  Please click here for submission guidelines.  Deadline for submission is Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

Location: Qualicum Beach Civic Centre
747 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach, BC
Date:
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Time:
7:30 PM
Visitors welcome

 

MARS February Meeting:

Pruning (…or as we say in MARS, “Pruferizing”)

Nothing strikes fear into a gardener’s heart like realizing that we’re going to have to prune a plant.  But have no fear; Rose is here!

Horticultural expert Rose Prufer will teach us how and when to prune rhododendrons, azaleas, and other types of plants for the best results.  Tough love really does work, transforming awkward gangling plants into beautifully balanced showpieces.  Don’t miss this fascinating and informative session!

Location: Qualicum Beach Civic Centre
747 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach, BC
Date:
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Time:
7:30 PM
Visitors welcome

Rosemary’s passion for plants started at a young age, and in 1985 she completed the Horticulture program at B.C.I.T.  Her first job as a custom propagator of rhododendrons launched a career-long interest in propagation.  Rosemary was a long-time member of the IPPS (International Plant Propagators Society) Western Chapter, and has kept her knowledge current through various courses.  Rosemary has been a member of the ARS in several chapters and executive positions for over thirty years. Now retired, Rosemary loves to share her knowledge and experiences with other gardening enthusiasts.

 

MARS March Meeting:

Circle of Knowledge

What better way to learn about rhododendron culture than to ask the experts?  Welcome to a delightfully informal Q&A about rhododendron species, culture, and propagation, moderated by local experts Linda Derkach and Glen Jamieson, with much input from other MARS members!

Learn the tips and tricks of the pros, and take advantage of club members’ in-depth knowledge of how to succeed with rhododendrons right here in Oceanside.  All questions are welcome, from the simplest to the most complex!

Location: Qualicum Beach Civic Centre
747 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach, BC
Date:
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Time:
7:30 PM

Visitors welcome

 

MARS April Meeting:

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 Kingdom-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. Lionel de Rothschild continues the family’s management of the estate as Exbury Gardens celebrates 100 years.

Location: Qualicum Beach Civic Centre
747 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach, BC
Date:
Wednesday, April 18, 2020 (NOTE:  This is the THIRD Wednesday of April.)
Time:
7:30 PM
Visitors welcome

 

2020 MARS Annual Truss Show & Plant Sale

Free admission! 

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

Location: Parksville Curling Club
220 Corfield Street North, Parksville, BC
Date:
TBA
Time:
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Free Admission – Public welcome

 

29th Annual MARS Garden Tour

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

Location: Twelve private gardens
Date: Saturday, May 9 and Sunday May 10, 2020
Time:
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Buy your tickets early – last year’s tour sold out!

 

MARS May Meeting:

A Tour of Wales: Historic Homes, Gardens and Rhododendrons

Garth Wedemire will give a talk based on a 2018 tour with the Scottish Rhododendron Society.  More details coming soon!

Location: Qualicum Beach Civic Centre
747 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach, BC
Date:
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Time:
7:30 PM
Visitors welcome

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