Vancouver Island Heather Society
Vancouver Island Heather Society

Vancouver Island Heather Society

Meetings in 2018 will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Masonic Hall in Mill Bay unless otherwise stated:  February/March/April/May/June/September/October/November/

December.   Dates may be changed dependent on speaker availability.

Our various activities include visiting members and public gardens

For more details:

Contact: Earl Jenstad, VIHS president,

Upcoming activities in 2018:


April 11 -  A field trip to the Murray's garden in Cobble Hill. This garden contains a wonderful array of Rhododendrons, Magnolia and many other species. Time and final arrangements to be provided at a later date.


April 28 - 

Cowichan Valley Garden Fair in North Cowichan at the exhibition grounds on Mays Rd.  The Heather Society will have an information booth.  Many garden societies will be there with displays and plant sales


May 9  - 

A field trip to Brian and Jennifer Rogers garden,  Gonzales.  Jennifer is a collector of plants and visitors will be delighted with the variety and placement of these plants.  We will leave Mill Bay at 11am and arrive around noon with our picnic lunches.  A general meeting over lunch will be followed by a guided tour of the garden.


June 13 -

Field trip to the Bouchard & Kennedy garden Mill Bay - This garden is new to the owners.  Although it was let go in recent years it has a very good  footprint.  Members will be able to see an extensive renovation in process. 


Sept 12 -

12 noon Masonic Hall, Mill Bay - bag lunch.  meeting followed by  Guest speaker  Dr. Shannon Berch -  Topic: Mycorrhiza.  Members will be amazed at what lives in the soil beneath their feet. .  


Oct 13 (Saturday) -  

Masonic Hall, Mill Bay

Joint afternoon event with the Vancouver Island Rhododendron Society.  Dr. Nancy Turner will speak on native Plants of British Columbia.  Masonic Hall, Mill Bay.  to be confirmed


Nov 14 -   12 noon  - AGM at Masonic Hall, Mill Bay. 


Dec 12 -    Annual Chrismas lunch



Past activities 2017 - 2018:  


Feby 7  Masonic Hall, Mill Bay - bag lunch. Guest speaker  Gordon McKay - Alba Plants. Topic: Cassiopes, Phyllodoces and other Alpine Plants - a wonderful variety of slides with ltalk.  Most informative.



April 5 -  Tour of  C&C Growers-  sedums, succulents and  exotic greenhouse pants.  

                    Lunch at HCP followed with a rainy tour of the Heather garden.  


April 29  -  Information booth at the  Cowichan Valley Garden Fair.   


June 7  - Wednesday, Tour Wild Flower Preserve at  Honeymoon Bay

                  lunch at March Meadows.


Sept 13 -  Wednesday   10:30, Visit to Dinter's Nursery. Very interesting info

                     session by Angela & Liz.  We are biting at the bit now for new plants  

                     available  in the spring of 2018.    Followed by

                   a very enjoyable lunch and comradiere at Pioneer House Rest.


 Oct 14 -   "How to Attract Pollinators to your  Garden.  Feature speaker was

                  Ted Leischner. A very interesting overview on the concern 

                    over the reduction in the bee population and how we can help.


Nov 1 -       AGM - great meeting  and a successful year. 


Dec 6 -  Annual christmas lunch - the room was decorated beautifully for the holiday.  Twenty-six members and guests enjoyed the trivia and great catered lunch.







Welcome to the Vancouver Island Heather Society  website. 


Thanks to all of you for your support of our Heather sale.  The heathers looked lovely and obviously everyone thought so too as we sold out.   We enjoyed greeting you and chatting with many of you.  Good luck with your heathers. 

We will be back next year - last Saturday in March



April 11 - a field trip to a local garden which has a variety of rhodos, magnolia and other species.  Meet there at 2 pm. 


See Activities Page for details.