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.

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

news@pqbnews.com

 

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

Just Posted

The Town of Qualicum Beach will put aside money for future purchase of electric vehicle and to put up charging stations. (Photo Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions)
Qualicum Beach to put aside funds for purchase of electric vehicles, charging stations

Citizens can donate funds to help reduce emissions in town

Ecko Aleck, recipient of $5,000 award for Indigenous entrepreneurs presented by Young Entrepreneurs Symposium. (photo courtesy of Adam Ziorio Photography)
Qualicum Beach woman one of 20 winners in nationwide challenge for Indigenous entrepreneurs

Ecko Aleck plans to create youth council with paid consultation

(PQB News file photo)
Qualicum Beach voters head back to the polls on May 15

Byelection will be held to replace former councillor (now MLA) Adam Walker

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
B.C. reports 10 additional deaths, 395 new COVID-19 cases

The majority of new coronavirus infections were in the Fraser Health region

The BC Prosecution Service announced last year that it was appointing lawyer Marilyn Sandford as a special prosecutor to review the case, following media inquiries about disclosure issues linked to a pathologist involved in the matter. (Black Press Media files)
Possible miscarriage of justice in B.C. woman’s conviction in toddler drowning: prosecutor

Tammy Bouvette was originally charged with second-degree murder but pleaded guilty in 2013 to the lesser charge

A kid in elementary school wearing a face mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Metro Creative)
Union asks why an elementary school mask rule wouldn’t work in B.C. if it does elsewhere

B.C. education minister announced expansion of mask-wearing rules in middle, high school but not elementary students

A pharmacist prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at Village Green Retirement Campus in Federal Way on Jan. 26. (Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing)
Canada approves use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine

The country joins more than a dozen others in giving the shot the green light

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools is preparing a rapid response team proposal for submission to the B.C. Ministry of Education. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo school district chosen as Vancouver Island’s COVID-19 rapid response team

Team to consist of SD68 and Island Health staff, according to B.C. Ministry of Education

A new survey has found that virtual visits are British Columbian’s preferred way to see the doctor amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Unsplash)
Majority of British Columbians now prefer routine virtual doctor’s visits: study

More than 82% feel virtual health options reduce wait times, 64% think they lead to better health

Carolyn Howe, a kindergarten teacher and vice president of the Greater Victoria Teachers’ Association, says educators are feeling the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic and the influx of pressure that comes with it. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Stress leave, tears and insomnia: B.C. teachers feel the strain of COVID-19

Teachers still adjusting to mask and cleaning rules, pressures from outside and within

Ella Donovan with mom Tina outside Fuller Lake Arena before heading onto the ice for practice. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Young Ladysmith skater watches and waits in battle against cancer

Ella Donovan’s tumour began a tumultuous time, but community support eased the burden

Captain and Maria, a pair of big and affectionate akbash dogs, must be adopted together because they are so closely bonded. (SPCA image)
Shuswap SPCA seeks forever home for inseparable Akbash dogs

A fundraiser to help medical expenses for Captain and Maria earned over 10 times its goal

Most Read