Vancouver Island Heather Society
Vancouver Island Heather Society

Vancouver Island Heather Society

About our club:

We are a member society of the North American Heather Society.

Our Heather Society has been active since 1991. Our Members are from Southern Vancouver Island with members coming from Victoria all the way north to Nanaimo as well as members from the Gulf Islands. Our club meets monthly and also sponsors some special events and Heather sales. View the Constitution of the Vancouver Island Heather Society


Executive Officers for 2018:

President : Earl Jenstad

Vice President :  Ken Hegler

Treasurer: Heather Schyf

Secretary: Randy Bouchard

Members at Large: Sharon Martin, Norma Dirom, Joyce Prothero, Michael Krieger

Publicity: Norma Dirom

Website: Heather Schyf


Appointment of other positions:

Membership: Brenda Crockford

Library:  Randy Bouchard

Hospitality: Ken Hegler

Sunshine: Ken Hegler

Program: Shirley Cooke / Elaine Scott / Dorothy Kennedy

Dan Cooke Memorial Garden:  Ken Hegler

Our Goals:

1. Providing information about heather gardening to our membership and the community
2. Providing speakers for local garden clubs
3. Planning and maintaining public heather gardens
Society Membership:
The VIHS welcomes members from anywhere although its active members come from around Victoria, southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.
Members enjoy a wide range of resources and events throughout the year.
Society meetings are on the first Wednesday of each month except January, February, July, August. The sessions are held in various locations. A business meeting usually precedes the presentation. Refreshments are available.
Field trips may be arranged instead of indoor meetings according to the season.
Membership is available by contacting Brenda Crockford
Heather Gardens:
As a memorial to the late Dan Cooke, a heather garden has been installed at the Farmers' Institute in Cobble Hill. The bed contains 45 varieties chosen to provide a year-round display of foliage and flower colour. Click Maps for directions.
The Society is also involved in the establishment of a number of other gardens containing heather displays. The most recent one is at the Sylvan Church on Shawnigan Mill Bay Road. It celebrates the life of Ina McDowell, one of our founding members who was also well known and loved in the community.

Welcome to the Vancouver Island Heather Society  website. 

2019 calendar of events





Next up - the AGM


10 a.m. at the Masonic Hall, Mill Bay

Consider taking an active role in the Society.


See Activities Page for details.