2018/2019 Events

Meetings are held at 7:30pm  at Beban Park Recreation Centre, 2300 Bowen Road.

Guests are welcome to attend.

September 13, 2018.  6:30 PM Potluck finger food followed by round table discussion.

Three expert gardeners Terry Richmond, Don Bridgen & Glen Jamieson from the MARS chapter will lead a panel discussion and Q and A session.  Dr. Glen Jamieson
– Glen has an extensive collection of Vireya rhododendrons, in addition to many
collector’s rhododendrons, editor of our quarterly Journal of the American Rhodoendron Society.  Terry Richmond – a charter member of MARS,  ARS Silver Medal recipient, many years of plant sales through his Rhodomania Nursery,  well known for his organic rhododendron fertilizer formulation.
Don Bridgen  – long-time MARS member and grower/collector of rhododendrons and companion plants.  

October 11, 2018.  7:30 PM Harry Burton – Everything you wanted to know about apples.
He owns  Apple Luscious Organic Orchards on Salt Spring Island

October 21, 2018.  Making the Case for Nature-scapes. 12:45 – 4 PM
by Vancouver Island Master Gardeners
Beban Park Social Center
Register: email:
Cost: $10 at the door

October 28, 2018.  Rhododendron miniconference. 10:00 AM  -4:00 PM
Parksville Community and Conference Centre
132 Jensen Ave E, Parksville, BC V9P 2H2

The theme is “Navigating Garden Myths” 
Because seating is limited, participants are urged to register early by sending a cheque to 2018 Conference, mailed to MARS PO Box 342 Qualicum Beach V9K 1S8.

Click here to go to conference page on MARS website for details on program & speakers.

November 8, 2018.  Wendy Strachan – Naturalist & explorer Alexander Von Humboldt
After moving to Gabriola full -time in 2006, Wendy embarked on a life -changing venture that included enrolling in the Master Gardener program in 2008.
Since then, she has dedicated herself to learning about plants and designing and developing her garden.  Now 10 years later, she has also earned her Advanced Gardening certificate at Van Dusen Garden.  A fascination with plants led her to find out more about where our plants come from and how they got here.   

Alexander von Humboldt was among the many plant hunters she discovered during her research.  Humboldt was the first explorer/scientist/botanist to view nature holistically. He constantly published his findings and has had a lasting impact on how we understand the relationships of climate, human activity, geology and nature.  With this illustrated presentation, Wendy shares what she has learned about this brilliant scientist and hopes to inspire you to investigate the legacy of other plant hunters and explorers who have so enriched our gardens with the variety of plants we have today.

December 13, 2018.  Christmas potluck & auction 6:30 PM
Please bring your favorite potluck dish for all to share. The social committee will provide coffee and a non -alcoholic punch. After dinner, Santa and Mrs. Claus will conduct an auction on donated items as a fundraiser for our club, with 10% donated to the Salvation Army.
Also, a box will be provided for dry good donations which will go to Loaves and Fishes Food Bank. Cash donations are also welcomed for the Loaves & Fishes Food Bank; 
please give these to our treasurer, Liz

January 10, 2019.  Scott Wiskerke –Pruning Simplified: pruning for growth, flowers & health
Scott moved to Vancouver Island in the fall of 1990 and studied horticulture at VIU. After graduating, he leased Westwood Orchard in Nanaimo for 1 year and continued leasing other local orchards for the next 8 years.  He started his own orchard in Cassidy and also began residential pruning. In 2004, with no more orchard responsibilities, Scott began “Roots and Shoots”, focusing on residential pruning. He has considerable experience pruning all types of ornamental trees, shrubs, fruiting trees, vines, berries, and conifers. When pruning, his focus is on promoting flowering and fruiting, while establishing a healthy form within the overall landscape.

February 14, 2019. Cancelled due to snow

Sue Grant & Garth Wedemire – Gardens of Wales Tour
Members of the North Island Chapter,  Sue & Garth will discuss their visit to Wales with the Scottish Rhododendron Society in 2018.
Garth has been a member of the Vancouver Rhododendron Society since 1975 and was one of the founding members of the Fraser Valley chapter. He has received two Bronze medals (Vancouver and Fraser Valley) and a Silver medal from the ARS.  Sue & Garth moved to Comox a few years ago and are now active members of the North Island Rhododendron Society. Garth is on the board of the Rhododendron Species Foundation where he serves as secretary.

Using his knowledge as a math and computer studies teacher, he maintains the website for District 1 and has helped many chapters (including our own) build their websites. His love of the genus Rhododendron has led him to travel to Nepal, China and to many gardens throughout Canada, the U.S., New Zealand and Great Britain.  

March 2, 2019.  Scott Wiskerke demonstration of pruning. 10 AM   hosted by Dorothee Kieser.

March 14, 2019. Ole Jonny Larsen  Growing Rhododendron Species in Scandinavia & Jean Rasmussen, 2nd wife of Frank Kingdon Ward
From Ålesund, Norway, Ole Jonny Larsen is a retired schoolteacher and a popular speaker most recently featured at the 2018 ARS Conference in Germany. Author of several books on rhododendrons and plant hunting, Jonny has also written for the ARS Journal, the RSF yearbook, the Royal Horticultural Society’s Rhododendron, Magnolia and Camellia yearbook, plus the newsletters of the Scandinavian Rhododendron Societies. He has participated in three plant hunting expeditions to Yunnan and Sichuan, China; and runs a nursery supplying species rhododendrons to Scandinavian collectors. 

April 11, 2019.  Margot Moser – native plants

May 9, 2019.  Graham SakakiMount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute & Phenology research at Milner Gardens & Woodland.
Graham is MABRRI’s Research and Community Engagement Coordinator. He has been involved with MABRRI since it was established in August of 2014. Graham oversees the coordination of all ongoing research projects. His educational background includes a Master of Community Planning, a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources Geography and a diploma in Forest Resource Technology from VIU.

September 27 – 29, 2019 ARS Fall Conference, Parksville

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