Coming Events and Activities:

NIRS March 5th Executive Meeting: 

The March 5th, 2019 executive meeting will be held at the home Helena Zukowski, 2431 Seabank Rd., in north Courtenay. The meeting will begin at 10:00 am.  Members are asked to review the January minutes and reports in preparation for the meeting.

NIRS March 12th General Meeting:

Our March 12th meeting will be an exciting one. Our guest speaker will be Ole Jonny Larsen with his topic:Plant Hunting – the experience of an amateur.”

From Ålesund, Norway, Ole Jonny Larsen is a retired school teacher and a popular speaker; most recently featured at the 2018 ARS Conference in Germany. Author of several books on rhododendrons and plant hunting,

Be sure to mark your calendars, this is one meeting members will not want to miss!

Spring Sundays at VIU’s Milner Gardens & Woodland:

Beginning Sunday February 3rd and every Sunday until March 24th, enjoy the early Spring bulbs in this peaceful setting.
Gardens open at 11:00am to 3:30pm, last entry 3:00pm. Tea Room open 11:00am for tea, soup and scones with last seating 3:00pm.
Admission adults $6, youth $4 includes tax. Children 12 and under accompanied by an adult, Milner Gardens members and VIU students with card free admission.

ARS District 1 Presidents’ Meeting:

The Spring Presidents’ Meeting will be held on Thursday March 28, 2019 at 12:00 pm (noon) at the home of Brenda Macdonald and Sean Rafferty in Shirley, BC (west of Sooke).

RSF Rhododendron Species Symposium:

Friday, April 26th and Saturday, April 27, 2019.

All events take place at the Hampton Inn & Suites Federal Way or the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden. For information and registration visit:

NIRS Annual Rhodo Show & Sale:

Sunday, April 28th – 10 AM to 1 PM at KFN Hall on Comox Road.

NIRS Annual Mother’s Day Garden Tour:

Sunday, May 12th – 10 AM to 4 PM. Six beautiful gardens to visit in the Courtenay area. Watch for further details.