Go to the rhodo show

Lots going on with the Mount Arrowsmith Rhodo Society

  • Apr. 29, 2011 7:00 p.m.

Members of the Mount Arrowsmith Rhododendron Society were kept hopping on the weekend.

The cool, wet spring posed a particular challenge to the Mount Arrowsmith Rhododendron Society when they held their annual rhodo sale in Qualicum Beach on the weekend.

However, society spokesperson Marilyn Dawson said, the event drew a big crowd to the Parksville Curling Club Saturday.

“It was different this year,” she said. “Sometimes people come pouring in right at the start, but this year they didn’t do that. They trickled in and now and then we had real bursts. In the end, it was a huge crowd, a very good turnout, particularly with the weather.”

That weather, she said, posed problematic in other ways as well.

“We had a low showing of blooms this year because of the weather, so the judges had their work cut out for them,” she said.

 “However, the vendors seemed happy at the end of the day. They were fearful at first, but it worked out.”

There’s no rest for MARS members though. They’re already gearing up for their next event, the Spring Fling.

“This is the first venture in Qualicum Beach,” she said. “For four years we were part of the sale in Coombs, which is now defunct. The club digs up their own perennials and sells them and we did very well in those sales, so this year we decided to have it in Qualicum Beach.”

In addition to the horticultural offerings at the fling, slated for Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Community Hall, Dawson said the event will also feature some vendors usually found at the Qualicum Beach Farmer’s Market.

“The farmers market isn’t open until next week but some people wanted to get a jump on it,” she said. “We’ll have a baker, someone who does coffee, fresh veggies, plants, jewelry and pottery.”

For more information contact the Mount Arrowsmith Rhododendron Society at 250-752-3694



Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

PQBeat: The Old School House Arts Centre executive director Illana Hester

Listen: Podcast talk includes changes at TOSH, long-term view of local arts scene

‘Soft Shore’ public art installation at Parksville city hall more expensive than planned

Plans to install centerpiece from MAC summer show hits roadblocks

Water flushing in Parksville runs until April

Residents can expect water discolouration

Mid Island Distance runners in fine form as season opens

Club competes at 10th annual Harry Jerome meet

Open house set for Feb. 20 to discuss planned cell tower in Qualicum Beach

Concerned resident has started petition in opposition

WATCH: Man creates intricate replicas of Parksville-area buildings

Historic models currently on display at community centre

Henrique scores 2 as Ducks soar past Canucks 5-1

Vancouver tumbles out of top spot in Pacific Division

Trudeau cancels Caribbean trip amid pipeline protests across Canada

Protests against Coastal GasLink have disrupted rail service

B.C. VIEWS: Inaction on pipeline protests not a viable response

Columnist Frank Bucholtz on how the Coastal GasLink pipeline dispute got so bad

PHOTOS: Top 10 memories of the 2010 Olympics

Black Press Media’s Jenna Hauck, shares some of her most memorable images of 2010 Winter Games

#FoxForFiver: Support grows in B.C. to put Terry Fox on new $5 bill

Terry Fox’ Marathon of Hope raised money for cancer research

Nanaimo-bound ferry breaks down, but another available for service

Two sailings cancelled Sunday on Tsawwassen-Duke Point route

Registration opens soon for BC 55+ Games in Richmond

2020 55+ Games have been officially scheduled for Sept. 15 to 19

Trudeau confers with cabinet ministers as rail blockades continue

The Trudeau government has been criticized for not doing more to end the blockades

Most Read