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,

Events in 2018:


Nov 14 -   12 noon  - AGM at Masonic Hall, Mill Bay.  Bring you lunch.
Budget prepared at the recent board meeting to be presented at the AGM.
Two positions - Treasurer and Secretary - available for an interested volunteer.   Come on down.


Dec 12 -    12 noon - Annual Chrismas lunch


Upcoming 2019:  Save the date March 30th


Our annual Heather sale.  Plans are afoot, lots of heathers (2,000), lots of kits to get you started with a great variety in each kit planned by our heather enthusiasts just for you.  


To be held at the Cobble Hill Farmers Inst.'  Stu Armour Bldg on Fischer Rd.



Past activities - 2018:  

SATURDAY, October 13 at 1:30
Meeting with the CV Rhododendron Society at the Masonic Hall in Mill Bay.
Fellow members, Dorothy and Randy presented an exciting and interesting talk on native plants, their history, their use and their future.  

Sept 12 -

Masonic Hall, Mill Bay - bag lunch.  The meeting was followed by  Guest speaker  Dr. Shannon Birch -  Topic: Mycorrhiza.  An great speaker and members were amazed at what lives in the soil beneath their feet


June 13 - 2 p.m.  2592 Mill Bay Rd.

Field trip to the Bouchard & Kennedy garden Mill Bay - lovely day with a lovely tour.  This garden is new to the owners and they have been trucking.  Great results thus far with more to come so they say.  Wonderful hosts with afternoon treats.


April 11 -  A field trip to the Murray's garden in Cobble Hill.  Beautiful garden and a lovely tour followed by coffee/tea and sweets provided by the Murrays.  A great thank you to them.


April 28 - 

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


May 9  - 

A field trip to Brian and Jennifer Rogers garden,  Gonzales Picnic lunches and meeting followed by a guided tour of the garden which is lovely- the house was the carriage house of a larger estate. Jennifer is an avid collector of unusual plants. Those attending (a few must have got lost) were impressed with her collection of pots all of which seemed to have a story attached to them although too early to see the summer display for which the pots are largely used. A greenhouse was stuffed with plants ready to find their summer home amoung the perennials and shrubs and patio. Pictures can be found in the photo section.


March 24 - our annual Heather Sale - a great day - Thanks to our customers and our volunteer members for making this the success it was.  Sold out!


Feb 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.









Welcome to the Vancouver Island Heather Society  website. 


Get ready for a display of winter heathers in the area





Nov 14 -   12 noon  - bag lunch


at Masonic Hall, Mill Bay


Positions up for grabs - Treasurer & Secretary - will you volunteer? 


Dec 12 -   12 noon

Annual Christmas lunch        


Upcoming 2019

Save the date - March 30th


Our annual Heather sale.  Plans are afoot, lots of heathers (2,000), lots of kits to get you started with a great variety in each kit planned by our heather enthusiasts just for you. 


See Activities Page for details.