American Rhododendron Society
ARS District One (British Columbia, Canada)

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2018 Monthly Calendar

November 2018
Monday, November 5 Victoria  Speaker:Jeff deJong  Topic: "Rhododendrons Need Friends Too!" - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, November 7

Cowichan Valley  Speaker: Philip MacDougall  Topic: " " - 7:30 pm
Thursday, November 8 Nanaimo  Speaker:  Wendy Strachan  Topic: "Naturalist & explorer Alexander Von Humboldt" - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, November 13

North Island    Speakers: Garth Wedemire and Sue Grant  Topic: "A Tour of Wales: historic homes, gardens and rhododendrons”, based on a 2018 tour with the Scottish Rhododendron Society" - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, November 14

Mount Arrowsmith  Speaker: Geoff Ball  Topic: "The History of Milner Gardens & Woodland" - 7:30 pm

Thursday, November 15

Vancouver  Speakers: Garth Wedemire and Sue Grant  Topic: "A Tour of Wales: historic homes, gardens and rhododendrons”, based on a 2018 tour with the Scottish Rhododendron Society" - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, November 21

Fraser South    FSRS Anniversary (30 years)  Speaker: Barbara Mathias of FSRS  Topic: “Botany and cycling through Iran - 7:30 pm


Location and Times for Monthly Chapter Meetings

Cowichan Valley
Duncan, Vancouver Island

First Wednesday of every month from September to May except December and January. Christmas Party in December.

Location: St. John's Church Hall
163 First St.Jubilee St., Duncan, BC (corner of First and Jubilee) at 7:30 pm
Victoria, BC, Canada
Meetings: First Monday of every month from September to May
Location: Couvelier Pavilion, HCP-Glendale Gardens,
505 Quayle Road, Saanich, BC at 7:30 pm
North Island
Comox Valley, Campbell River and Northern Vancouver Island
Meetings: Second Tuesday every month except May through August
Location: United Church on Comox Avenue,
Comox, British Columbia at 7:30 pm
Mount Arrowsmith
Parksville, Vancouver Island
Meetings: Second Wednesday of every month except June, July, August and December
Location: Qualicum Beach Civic Centre,
747 Jones Street,
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia at 7:30 pm
Nanaimo, Vancouver Island
Meetings: Second Thursday of the month from September to May Location: Beban Park Recreational Centre,
2300 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, BC - Time" T 
Fraser South
Langley, BC
Meetings: Third Wednesday of every month from September to May Location: Langley United Church, 5673 200th St.
Langley, British Columbia at 7:30 pm
Vancouver, BC
Meetings: Third Thursday of every month
except July, August and December
Location: Floral Hall, VanDusen Botanical Garden,
37th & Oak Street, Vancouver, BC at 7:30 pm

Previous Chapter Meetings
Previous Monthly Meetings for the year: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012,
, 2014, 2015 and 2016

Meetings held in Previous Months

The 2018 year

January 2018
Monday, January 8 Victoria  Speaker: Anne Allen & Ian Duncan  Topic: "Wildflowers of Switzerland & Austria by Bike" - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, January 9

North Island Experts Panel - Judy Walker, Bernie Guyader, Dany Fortin and Moderator Maureen Denny - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, January 10 Mount Arrowsmith  MARS Photography Night  -  Guide and Moderator: Glen Jamieson - 7:30 pm
Thursday, January 11 Nanaimo  Speaker: Jim & Rose McCulley - Mason Bees Specialists - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, January 17 Fraser South  Dessert Extravaganza  and Annual General Meeting - 7:30 pm
Thursday, January 18 Vancouver  AGM, Elections and Members Photographs - 7:30 pm

February 2018
Monday, February 5 Victoria  Speaker: Norma Senn  Topic: "Gardens of South Africa" - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, February 7

Cowichan Valley  Speaker: TBA  Topic: "TBA" - 7:30 pm
Thursday, February 8 Nanaimo  Speaker: Anne Allan & Ian Duncan Topic: "Wildflowers of Switzerland & Austria by Bike” - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, February 13

North Island  Speaker: Geoff Ball  Topic: "Milner Gardens & Woodland" - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, February 14 Mount Arrowsmith  Expert Panel - local experts in the rhododendron field - 7:30 pm
Thursday, February 15 Vancouver  Speaker: Atsuko Gibson - Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden  Topic: "Japan" - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, February 21

Fraser South  Speaker: Nancy Moore  Topic: "Caring For Storm Damaged Trees" - 7:30 pm

March 2018

Monday, March 5

Victoria  Speaker: Carol Dancer  Topic: "What’s Blooming in the Garden” and our AGM - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, March 6

Mount Arrowsmith  Speaker: Rose McCulley  Topic: "How to get your yard started with the amazing Mason Bees” - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, March 7

Cowichan Valley Speaker: Maedythe Martin Topic: "Primula and Rhododendrons: Can They Be Friends?”-7:30pm
Thursday, March 8

Nanaimo  Speaker: Diana Walker Topic: "Clematis” - 7:30 pm

Tuesday, March 13

North Island  Speaker: Bill McMillan Topic: "Five Must See Gardens of Victoria” - 7:30 pm

Thursday, March 15 Vancouver   Speaker: George Woodard, head gardener at the Phipps Estate on Long Island 
Topic: "Large Leaf Rhododendrons in New York” - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, March 20 District 1 Presidents' Meeting at Bay Moorings Restaurant, Horseshoe Bay - 11:00 am
Wednesday, March 21

Fraser South  Speaker: Cliff Jury from Wild Birds Unlimited  Topic: "Birds in the Garden” - 7:30 pm

April 2018
Monday, April 2 Victoria  Topic: "Circle of Learning" - Bring your rhodo questions, ideas, experinces, learning for all - 7:30 pm.

Wednesday, April 4

Cowichan Valley  Speaker: Bill McMillan Topic: "Five Must See Gardens of Victoria” - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, April 10 North Island  Speaker: Bernie Dinter  Topic: "Changing Focus of Gardening" - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, April 11 Mount Arrowsmith  Speaker: Carmen Varcoe  Topic: "Abkhazi and/or Finnerty Gardens" - 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 12 Nanaimo  Speaker: Lois Blackmore and Lloyd Gilmour  Topics: Lois will speak on "The Birds and the Bees - The Art, Research and Science of Hybridizing" - Lloyd will talk on "Propagating Rhododendrons" - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, April 18 Fraser South Speaker: David Sellars Topic: "Alpine Jewels of the Olympic and Wenachee Mountains" - 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 19 Vancouver  Speaker: Judy Walker, author of “A Garden for Life: Mary Greig & the Royston Rhododendrons”  Topic: "The Royston garden, its many sources and contributors and its connection with Alleyne Cook, Clive Justice and the Stanley Park rhododendron collection" - 7:30 pm

May 2018

Wednesday, May 2

Cowichan Valley  Speaker:  Barrie Agar Topic: "‘Japanese Gardens" - 7:30 pm

Monday, May 7

Victoria Rhodo Truss Show - Bring your trusses for a great show!

Tuesday, May 8

North Island  AGM and Elections at the McNabb Garden – 14 Little Bear Way, Royston. The meeting begins at 7:30 pm. Tour the garden around 6:30 pm. Carpooling is recommended since parking is at a premium.

Wednesday, May 9

Mount Arrowsmith  Speaker: Nancy Moore  Topic: "Shade Gardens" - 7:30 pm
Thursday, May 10

Nanaimo  AGM and Speaker:  John Brimacombe  Topic: "Use of Hardy Palms and Other Exotics to Create Mediterranean Gardens" - 7:30 pm 

Wednesday, May 16

Fraser South  25th Annual 'Fraser South Justly Famous Beer Bottle Truss Show'  -  7:00 pm  

Thursday, May 17

Vancouver  "A Walk in the Park" Visit to the Royston collection in the Ted and Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden in Stanley Park

June 2018
Saturday, June 9 Fraser South  Annual Pot Luck Picnic and Silent Auction at the home of Barbara Mathia Time: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Saturday, June 16 Vancouver  Potluck Picnic at the home of Kirsten Martin, 14021 Rippington Rd., Pitt Meadows Time: 3:00 pm
Saturday, June 16 North Island  Annual Potluck Picnic in Robert Argall's garden, 387 Wireless Road in Comox.  Time: 4:00 pm
Saturday, June 16 Nanaimo  Wind up Garden Party hosted by Chris Southwick. Time: 4:30 pm

Saturday, June 23

Mount Arrowsmith  MARS Summer Wind-up Party at the Jamiesons, 804 San Malo Cres.  Time 5:00 pm

Sunday, June 24

Cowichan Valley  AGM and Wind-Up Picnic at the home of Randy Bouchard and Dorothy Kennedy,
2592 Mill Bay Road.  Time 11:30 am

Sunday, June 24 Victoria  Summer BBQ Picnic at Ken and Madeleine Webbs’  Time: 12 noon

September 2018
Monday, September 3 Victoria  Speaker: Ken Webb  Topic: "Propagation 101 : A Guide To Propagating Rhododendrons For Beginners" at the Couvelier Pavilion at HCP - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, September 5 Cowichan Valley  Speaker: Ingrid Ostrander  Topic: "Growing Hardy Orchids" - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, September 11

North Island  Speaker:Tom Carter  Topic: "Nepal Travels and Rhododendrons" - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, September 12 Mount Arrowsmith   Speaker: Dr. Glen Jamieson  Topic: "A review of garden designs, features, and species observed in Danish, Swedish, and German gardens while attending the 2018 ARS Convention" - 6:30 pm
Thursday, September 13 Nanaimo  Our 'Welcome Back' Potluck meal followed by a roundtable discussion where Terry Richmond, Don Bridgen and Glen Jamieson, expert gardeners from the MARS chapter will answer questions - 6:30 pm
Wednesday, September 19

Fraser South  Speaker: Nancy Moore  Topic: "Shade Gardens" - 7:30 pm

Thursday, September 20

Vancouver  Speaker:Susan Murray  Topic: "Fabulous Gardens and Unusual Plants of Southern Africa" - 7:30 pm

October 2018
Monday, October 1 Victoria  Speaker: Geoff Ball  Topic: "Milner Gardens History and New Species Garden" - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, October 3

Cowichan Valley  Speaker:Bill Dumont  Topic: “South African Gardens, Sights, Politics and Ecology”- 7:30 pm

Tuesday, October 9 North Island  Speaker: Susan Murray  Topic: "Fabulous Gardens and Unusual Plants of Southern Africa" - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, October 10 Mount Arrowsmith  Speakers: Rose and Art Prufer   Topic: “How the Big Nurseries Do It” Practical propagatio tips and slideshow of nurseries visited during their trip to the 2009 IPPS Western Regional Conference - 7:30 pm
Thursday, October 11 Nanaimo  Speaker: Harry Burton  Topic: “Everything You Wanted To Know About Apples” - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, October 17

Fraser South  Speaker Susan Murray, Director of the Darts Hill Garden Conservancy Trust Society - 7:30 pm

Thursday, October 18

Vancouver  Speaker:Dr. Bill McMillan  Topic: “Five Gardens Worth Visiting in Victoria - 7:30 pm


The 2017 year

January 2017
Monday, January 2 Victoria  Speaker: Brenda Macdonald  Topic: "A Rhodo Twitcher in Asia, Bird Watching for Plants" - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, January 10

North Island  NIRS Business - Voting on Changes to our Constitution and By-Laws
Maureen Denny on the topic: "Membership Presentation to the North Island College Horticulture Students" and Garth Wedemire on the topic: "Planning a Rhododendron Species Garden" - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, January 11 Mount Arrowsmith  MARS Members Photography Night - 7:30 pm
Thursday, January 12 Nanaimo  Speaker: Garth Wedemire  Topic: "The Rhododendron Species Foundation and Garden" - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, January 18 Fraser South  Annual General Meeting, Member Slide Shows and Just Desserts Extravaganza - 7:30 pm
Thursday, January 19 Vancouver  AGM, Elections and Members Photographs - 7:30 pm

February 2017

Wednesday, February 1

Cowichan Valley Panel of Experts: a forum featuring local experts who answer questions from the group. 7:30 pm
Monday, February 6 Victoria  Cancelled 
Thursday, February 9 Nanaimo  Speaker: Glen Jamieson  Topic: "Vireyas" - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, February 14

North Island  Speakers: Summer Joy and Jim Webb  Topic: "A Day at the RHS Malvern Show" - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, February 15

Fraser South  Speaker: Doug Justice  Topic: "Plant Hunting in Viet Nam" - 7:30 pm

Thursday, February 16 Mount Arrowsmith  MARS Expert Panel  Topic: "How to Grow Rhododendrons: The Basics" - 7:30 pm (note the change in normal meeting date due to weather conditions)
Thursday, February 16

Vancouver  Speaker: Paul Reimer of Reimers Nurseries  Topic: "Magnolias for Canadian Gardens" - 7:30 pm

March 2017

Wednesday, March 1

Cowichan Valley  Speaker: Lois Blackmore  Topic: "The Birds and the Bees - The Art of Research and Science of Hydridizing” - 7:30 pm

Monday, March 6

Victoria  Speaker: Bernie Dinter  Topic: "The Changing Gardening World" - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, March 8 Mount Arrowsmith  Speaker: Dr. Linda Gilkeson  Topic: "Insects of the Woodland Gardens: the Good, the Bad and the Beautiful" - 7:30 pm
Thursday, March 9

Nanaimo  Speaker: Bernie Dinter  Topic: "The Changing Focus of Gardening" - 7:30 pm

Tuesday, March 14 District 1 Presidents' Meeting in Courtenay - 11:30 am
Tuesday, March 14

North Island  Speaker: Noni Godfrey  Topic: "A Visit to Glendoick Gardens" - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, March 15

Fraser South  Speaker: Dr. Bill McMillan  Topic: "The Rhododendron Gardens at the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific and other Victoria gardens" - 7:30 pm

Thursday, March 16 Vancouver  Speaker: Steve Hootman - Rhododendron Species Foundation Topic: "TBA" - 7:30 pm

April 2017
Monday, April 3 Victoria Topic: "Circle of Knowledge" - Group Participation. Norma & Brenda on Solar Water Gardens - 7:30pm

Wednesday, April 5

Cowichan Valley Speaker: Brian White, PhD, School of Tourism and Hospitality, Faculty of Management, Royal Roads University Topic: "A Compilation of Twelve Years of Plant Exploration in the Huong Lien National Park in Northern Vietnam" - 7:30 pm.
Tuesday, April 11 Vancouver  Speaker: Dr. Hartwig Shepker  Topic: "The Bremen Rhododendron Garden" -  St. Mary’s Church, 3150 Ash St., Vancouver - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, April 11 North Island  Speaker: Philip MacDougall  Topic: "Rhododendrons in Yunnan" - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, April 12 Mount Arrowsmith  Speaker: Philip MacDougall  Topic: "Rhododendrons in Taiwan" - 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 13 Nanaimo  Speaker: Philip MacDougall  Topic: "Favourite Woodland Perrenials " - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, April 19 Fraser South Speaker: Margaret Cadwaladr  Topic: "A Presentation on Wisley Gardens" - 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 20 Vancouver  Speaker: Ken Webb  Topic: "Propagation of Rhododendrons and Azaleas" - 7:30 pm

May 2017

Wednesday, May 3

Cowichan Valley  Speaker: Sean Rafferty   Topic: "Species Rhododendrons and Companion Plants in Their Native Habitit" - 7:30 pm

Monday, May 8

Victoria  Members' Rhododendron Truss Show - fun, hands-on activity to show off your rhodo trusses at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (HCP), Glendale Gardens, Couvelier Pavilion, 505 Quayle Road, Saanich, BC
Gardens Open at 6:00 pm - Doors Open at 7:00 pm. Meeting begins at 7:30 pm

Tuesday, May 9

North Island  AGM and Elections at Ann Chevrier's home - 7:30 pm. Come at 6:30 om for a garden tour.
Please bring chairs and cups.

Wednesday, May 10

Mount Arrowsmith  Speaker: Bill McMillan  Topic: "Companion Plants for Rhododendron" - 7:30 pm
Thursday, May 11

Nanaimo  Speaker: Bill McMillan  Topic: "Five Gardens Worth Visiting in Victoria" - 7:30 pm 

Wednesday, May 17

Fraser South  24th Annual 'Fraser South Justly Famous Beer Bottle Truss Show'  -  7:00 pm 

Thursday, May 18

Vancouver  "A Walk in the Park" at Van Dusen Gardenswith Curator, Cynthia Sayre . Meet at the 5:30 pm

June 2017
Saturday, June 3 Fraser South  Annual Pot Luck Picnic and Silent Auction at the Klapwijk/Finlay home, 10476 – 125B St., Surrey from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Saturday, June 10 Nanaimo Wind up BBQ hosted by Art & Susan Lightburn - 4:30 pm
Saturday, June 10

Mount Arrowsmith  Potluck Wind-up Party at the Bieberstein home, 3060 Anchor Way, Nanoose
Appies – 4:00 pm, Dinner – 6:00 pm

Saturday, June 17 North Island Annual Potluck Picnic in Robert Argall's garden, 387 Wireless Road in Comox - 4:00 pm
Saturday, June 17

Cowichan Valley  Summer Picnic, AGM and Wrap Up hosted by Maria and Siggi Kemmler, 3730 Gibbons Road, Duncan  Theme: "Canadian Enth usuasm" WEAR RED at 11:30 am

Sunday, June 18 Victoria June BBQ at Marquardts' Farm, 4640 Cordova Bay Road - 12:00 noon

July 2017
Sunday, July 9 Vancouver  Annual Potluck Picnic Location: Home of the Hodgsons, 13451 27 Ave., Surrey, BC. 3 pm

September 2017
Monday, September 4 Victoria  Speaker: Lois Blackmore Topic: "Creating New Rhododendrons Through Hybridization" at the Couvelier Pavilion at HCP. Lois will present a visual story of Jim Barlup’s hybridizing process. - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, September 6 Cowichan Valley  Speaker: Geoffrey Ball, Director of Milner Gardens and Woodland  Topic: "Milner Gardens & Woodland" - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, September 12

North Island  Speaker: Daniel Mosquin - UBC Botanical Garden (Botany Photo of the Day) Topic: "Temperate Plant Adaptations" - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, September 13 Mount Arrowsmith  Speaker: Daniel Mosquin - UBC Botanical Garden  Topic: "Ericaceae of Western North America" - 7:30 pm
Thursday, September 14 Nanaimo Speaker: Paul Wurz Topic: "The Joys of Building our Garden" and our 'Welcome Back' Pot Luck - 6:30pm
Wednesday, September 20

Fraser South  Speaker: Ron Long, nature photographer Topic: "Flowers of Death Valley”" - 7:30 pm

Thursday, September 21

Vancouver  Speaker: Margaret Cadwaladr  Topic: "Wisley Walks and Inspirations" - 7:30 pm

October 2017
Monday, October 2 Victoria  Speaker: Jeff de Jong  Topic: "A Peek into 2018 - America Meets Europe " - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, October 5 Cowichan Valley  Speaker: Garth Wedemire  Topic: “Choosing Species Rhododendrons for Your Garden”- 7:30 pm
Tuesday, October 10 North Island  Speaker: Al Morton of Comox  Topic: "All About Mason Bees" - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, October 11 Mount Arrowsmith Speaker: Garth Wedemire Topic: “Choosing Species Rhododendrons for Your Garden”- 7:30 pm
Thursday, October 12 Nanaimo  Speaker: Ian Efford Topic: “The Origin Of Our Publicly Accessible Rhododendron Gardens” - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, October 18

Fraser South  Speaker: Colleen Bojczuk  Topic: "A Decent Obsession: My Life in Plant Production" - 7:30 pm

Thursday, October 19

Vancouver  Speaker: John Brimacomb, President of Pacific Northwest Palm and Plant Society  
Topic: "Hardy Palms and other Exotic"
- 7:30 pm

November 2017

Wednesday, November 1

Cowichan Valley   Speaker: Glen Jamieson  Topic: "Vireyas: Taxonomy, Distribution, Culture, and Natural Diversity". Additionally, Glen will do a "mini" talk on "Indumentum and Tomentum" - 7:30 pm
Monday, November 6 Victoria  Speaker: Sean Rafferty  Topic: "Species Rhododendrons" - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, November 8

Mount Arrowsmith  Propagation Workshop

Thursday, November 9 Nanaimo  Speaker: Geoffrey Ball, Director of Milner Gardens and Woodland  Topic: "Milner Gardens and Woodland" - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, November 14

North Island  Speaker: Doug Justice from UBC Botanical Garden  Topic: "Rhododendrons at UBC" - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, November 15

Fraser South  Speaker: Ted Goshaluk from Trinity Western University  Topic: "The Pond Life at TWU" - 7:30 pm

Thursday, November 16

Vancouver  Speaker: Doug Justice from UBC Botanical Garden  Topic: "A Botanical Excursion along the Tibet-Sichuan highway" - 7:30 pm

December 2017
Sunday, December 3 Cowichan Valley - CVRS Christmas Party at the McLay Heritage Guest House, 5241 Koksilah Rd, Duncan, BC from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Notify Elaine Kitchen, e-mail address:
Monday, December 4 Victoria - Christmas Potluck Dinner at the Couvelier Pavilion at HCP Gardens, 505 Quayle Road - 5:30 pm
Saturday, December 9 Mount Arrowsmith   Christmas Party at the home of Jane and Ray Walker - Appies - 5:00 pm   Dinner - 6:00 pm
Tuesday, December 12 North Island - Annual Christmas Potluck at Comox United Church - Doors Open - 5:00 pm   Dinner - 6:00 pm

Wednesday, December 13

Fraser South - Annual Christmas Potluck Dinner at Langley Mennonite Church - 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 14 Nanaimo - Christmas Fun Auction and Finger Food Potluck - 6:30 pm


Previous Chapter Meetings
Previous Monthly Meetings for the year: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012,
, 2014, 2015 and 2016

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