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: Doreen Wheeldon
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: Lloyd Grimston
Hospitality: Mabel Ferguson
Sunshine: Ken Hegler
Program: Shirley Cooke / Elaine Scott / Dorothy Kennedy
Dan Cooke Memorial Garden: Ken Hegler
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
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.
is available by contacting Brenda Crockford
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
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.