Chapter of the North American Heather Society

Karla Lortz, Editor

502 E Haskell Hill Rd

Shelton, WA 98584 USA




Back to the U.S., the pre-conference group could stay in Mt Vernon and view the Master Gardeners gardens and others at the Washington State Experiment station, Lloyd Eighme’s colorfully-planted heather garden at the Seventh Day Adventist church and other gardens in that area prior to heading to the Seattle area to places like  the Bellevue Botanic Gardens, T & L Nursery, etc.  The Little Creek Casino between Olympia and Shelton  could serve as a central location for the conference enabling us to visit the Gary Schuldt  garden in Olympia , Ken Hutchins garden and DeGoede nursery in Mossyrock  and Harstine Island where we could see extensive heather plantings at Jarrell Cove and other places  with a picnic lunch and evening

                 Vice President Shawn  Spears  opened the Spring Meeting of CHS Saturday, March 17,  2011,  after members visited while enjoying walks through the extensive Heaths & Heathers display gardens north of Shelton.  

                 Main item on the agenda was making plans for the next NAHS Conference tour now tentatively scheduled for August 8-12, 2012, (or the week following if a change is necessary).   First day of pre-conference tour may include a visit to David and Irene’s Wilson Nursery in Chilliwack, B.C., and a visit to the nearby Minter Gardens.   (David’s Dad and NAHS Founding Member Ken Wilson assisted with design and construction of this impressive garden.)  

barbeque and short boat rides in Puget Sound.    Members were encouraged to make other suggestions and ideas for speakers etc. 

                 CHS Fall meeting will be Sunday September 18, 2011, when we will meet at the Visitors Center at Mt. Rainier at noon with the possibility of returning via Mossyrock for a visit to Ken’s and DeGoede’s bulb farm.

                 Karla explained the necessity of establishing color names from the THS color chart for recently introduced heathers .  Members in attendance included Shawn Spears, Karla Lortz, Ella May Wulf, Gary Schultz, Buddy Schmidt, Gabrielle Neuhauer, Diane Meyer, Ken Hutchins and Alice Knight plus Barry Wulff and Karla’s guest Francie Shaw.


Respectfully Submitted, Alice Knight

Minutes of the march 17, 2011 meeting

This is the Silver Heath or Erica capitata.  It has lost 80% of its habitat in South Africa. This was taken in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.