Coming Events

Upcoming MARS Events:

MARS October Meeting

“Why I Grow Rhodos”

Join us for a fascinating evening with John Deniseger, ARS Silver Medal recipient!  John will entertain and educate us with the many practical and aesthetic reasons to love rhododendrons in our gardens.

John says, “We’ve been growing Rhododendrons for more than 35 years.  Ten years ago, we were building our new home in Bowser as well as designing our new garden.  Not surprisingly, we were featuring rhododendrons in much of the garden.  One of the challenges was choosing which rhododendrons to include.   A conversation with a friend lead me to think further about what made this genus so appealing.  My presentation will take a look at the world of rhododendrons from a different perspective.”

John Deniseger is a retired aquatic biologist (BC Premiers Legacy Award, BC Hall of Excellence), outdoor enthusiast, and past president of the Nanaimo Rhododendron Society.   He is the current chair of the Milner Gardens and Woodland Society Board, and a member of the Greig Rhododendron Species Garden Advisory Group.  John and his wife June received the ARS Silver Medal in 2021.

Location: Qualicum Beach Civic Centre
644 Memorial Avenue, Qualicum Beach, BC
Wednesday October 12, 2022
7:30 PM

Visitors welcome – no admission charge!


Fall Into Gardening 2022

Coping with Climate Instability in your Garden

MARS (Mount Arrowsmith Rhododendron Society), NRS (Nanaimo Rhododendron Society), and VIMGA (Vancouver Island Master Gardeners Association) are pleased to offer a day of education and enjoyment with internationally recognized gardening experts.

Distinguished speakers:

  • Douglas Justice: UBC Botanical Garden Associate Director and Curator
  • Caroline Josefsson: Vancouver Island University Biology Department
  • Des Kennedy: writer, activist, celebrated speaker
  • Bonnie Zand: Entomologist and owner of Bonnie’s Bugs IPM

Click here for speaker abstracts

Click here for a printable information sheet and schedule

Pre-registration recommendedclick here for registration information.

Location: Qualicum Beach Civic Centre
644 Memorial Avenue, Qualicum Beach, BC
Sunday October 23, 2022
10:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Coffee, tea, and treats will be provided – please bring your own bag lunch.


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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