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:


 Sept 12 -

12 noon Masonic Hall, Mill Bay - bag lunch.  meeting followed by  Guest speaker  Dr. Shannon Birch -  Topic: Mycorrhiza.  Members will be amazed at what lives in the soil beneath their feet and help you make the best choices in soil management. .  


Oct 13 (Saturday) -  

Masonic Hall, Mill Bay  12 noon - bag lunch. 

Joint afternoon event with the Cowichan Valley Rhododendron Society.  Dr. Nancy Turner will speak on native Plants of British Columbia. 


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


Dec 12 -    Annual Chrismas lunch



Past activities 2017 - 2018:  


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!


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. 


Remember to water those newly planted heathers and this month all your plants need extra care with the heat. 




September 12  - a presentation by Dr. Shannon Birch on Mycorrhiza. This is a topic which will help you make the best choices in soil management.
October 13 we meet with the CV Rhododendron Society to hear Nancy Turner talk about native plants. 






See Activities Page for details.