Coming Events

Upcoming MARS Events

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our meetings are being held virtually via Zoom.  Click here to view video archives of previous meetings.

MARS February Virtual Meeting

Water Efficiency In The Landscape

Retired landscape architect and educator Ken Nentwig will present a talk on water efficiency in the landscape, touching on:

  • Collecting rainwater and managing precipitation
  • Collection and storage of rainwater and using it in the landscape
  • Handling runoff from impervious surfaces
  • Natural vs Built Environments
  • Rainwater vs Stormwater
  • Uses for rainwater

Location: Live Zoom connection 
Date:
Saturday, February 6, 2021
Time:
10:00 AM

Invitations and instructions for the ZOOM connection will be emailed to all registered members.

Ken Nentwig is a retired landscape architect currently involved in training programs internationally. He is a course developer/facilitator at Gaia College and at Pacific Horticulture College, and has presented courses at UVIC. Previously a College Professor at University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus (ON), he took an early retirement and migrated to Vancouver Island in 2010. Ken has developed and manages the Canadian RWH practitioners certification program for CANARM. He also consults on RWH system design for residential, commercial, and public systems.

 

MARS February Zoom Social

Keep in touch during COVID!

This is the first of a series of monthly Zoom social meetings.  MARS President Glen Jamieson will present a short educational talk, and we’ll all have a chance to visit.  Hope to ‘see’ you there!

Location: Live Zoom connection 
Date:
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Time:
7:30 PM

Invitations and instructions for the ZOOM connection will be emailed to all registered members.

 

 

MARS March Zoom Social

Keep in touch during COVID!

This is a Zoom social meeting on our regular MARS meeting night (the second Wednesday of each month).  MARS President Glen Jamieson will present a short educational talk, and we’ll all have a chance to visit.  Hope to ‘see’ you there!

Location: Live Zoom connection 
Date:
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Time:
7:30 PM

Invitations and instructions for the ZOOM connection will be emailed to all registered members.

 

MARS March Virtual Meeting

What’s New In Edible Gardening

Master gardener, author, and media celebrity Brian Minter will present a talk on ‘What’s New in Edible Gardening’.

Location: Live Zoom connection 
Date:
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Time:
7:00 PM

Invitations and instructions for the ZOOM connection will be emailed to all registered members.

Brian Minter, a University of British Columbia graduate (BA) and Master Gardener, quickly became BC’s go-to garden expert through his experience at both the garden centre and the display gardens.  He has hosted countless radio and television shows, is a frequent gardening columnist, and is the author of Canadian Best Seller, ‘Brian Minter’s New Gardening Guide – Fresh Approaches for Canadian Gardeners’.

A recipient of the Order of Canada, an Honorary Doctorate of Technology, and many other awards, Brian is well known from his magazine and syndicated newspaper columns and TV and radio programs.

 

MARS April Zoom Social

Keep in touch during COVID!

This is a Zoom social meeting on our regular MARS meeting night (the second Wednesday of each month).  MARS President Glen Jamieson will present a short educational talk, and we’ll all have a chance to visit.  Hope to ‘see’ you there!

Location: Live Zoom connection 
Date:
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Time:
7:30 PM

Invitations and instructions for the ZOOM connection will be emailed to all registered members.

 

 

MARS April Virtual Meeting

Vietnam In Spring

Brian White will present ‘Vietnam In Spring’, a talk that will complement Steve Hootman’s November talk on ‘Vietnam in the Fall’.  Focused on the Five Fingers area, Brian will show us images of the rhododendrons in flower as well as some of the other plants found growing with them.

Location: Live Zoom connection 
Date:
TBA
Time:
TBA

Invitations and instructions for the ZOOM connection will be emailed to all registered members.

Brian White works in tourism, and worked with the people at Mt. Fancipans to construct a trail to the summit in a sustainable way. 

 

MARS May Zoom Social

Keep in touch during COVID!

This is a Zoom social meeting on our regular MARS meeting night (the second Wednesday of each month).  MARS President Glen Jamieson will present a short educational talk, and we’ll all have a chance to visit.  Hope to ‘see’ you there!

Location: Live Zoom connection 
Date:
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Time:
7:30 PM

Invitations and instructions for the ZOOM connection will be emailed to all registered members.

 

 

MARS May Virtual Meeting

The New Zealand Ex Situ Rhododendron Conservation Project

All the way from Massey University in New Zealand, senior lecturer Dr. Marion MacKay will present a talk on the New Zealand ex situ Rhododendron Conservation Project.

Because our audience is mostly private individuals who like to grow rhodos at home rather than folk from botanic gardens, the talk will speak to what the private collection holder can do or how they can participate (with also a bit on how the NZ work fits with the Global Conservation Consortium).

Location: Live Zoom connection 
Date:
TBA
Time:
TBA

Invitations and instructions for the ZOOM connection will be emailed to all registered members.

Dr. Marion MacKay is a Senior Lecturer in Horticulture and Environmental Management who specialises in plant biodiversity and the conservation and management of plant-related aspects of the landscape/environment. Her current research examines the diversity of exotic plants in cultivation in New Zealand, including their utility for international conservation programmes. The genus Rhododendron is a current focus; from 2016-2020 Marion has been working with an international group to develop a global conservation strategy for this genus. Marion also studies New Zealand indigenous flora including native forest restoration projects and the target species programme of the New Zealand Indigenous Seed Bank project. 

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