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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
February 14, 2019. 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 April.
March 14, 2019. Ole Jonny Larsen
A retired teacher, he has one of Norway’s biggest private collections of rhododendrons.
April 11, 2019. Margot Moser – native plants
May 9, 2019. Graham Sakaki – Mount 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