The Fred Heutte Center Online Newsletter

    The FHC Newsletter

APRIL 2019

Volume 39 Number 2

UPDATED 4/1/19


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In Memoriam:

Betty H. Trout

Honorary Historian, Friends of Fred Heutte Foundation


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Read an excerpt from Betty Trout's Walking Tour of the FHC with a click here.

Our thanks to Betty for her insight, devotion of time, and energy.

Guy Nevoret & Marc Rabinowitz complete work on the replacement arbor at the gate to the Edward Gross Memorial Vegetable Garden where the Norfolk Master Gardeners, led by Tom West, have raised and distributed thousands of pounds of produce for the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia.

With the assistance of the Tidewater Wooden Boat Workshop Members, all of these helpers shared their ideals and efforts in the spirit of volunteerism.

As 2018 ends and a new year is upon us, we send thanks to our volunteers for all their help!!

Recent Urban Gardener Lecture Series sessions...

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The 2019
Membership Drive
Year Round


Student $7.50 | Senior Citizen Individual $15 | Individual Adult $25 | Family $35
Merit $50 | Club $50 | Honor $100 | Sponsor $250-499  
Capital Fund $ ____ | Endowment Fund $ ____ | Gift for Friend $ ____

As you know, the Fred Heutte Center newsletter is no longer prepared in print form and mailed through the postal service.  Instead, the newsletter has migrated to the Internet (visit  Therefore, our annual membership drive is now conducted via email.  If you know of people who do not use email and need a copy mailed to them, please let us know.

For over 30 years, the Fred Heutte Center - at the intersection of Westover Avenue and Botetourt Gardens in the historic Ghent community of Norfolk, Virginia - has been the focal point of the Friends of Fred Heutte Foundation. Our members work to continue Mr. Heutte's wish to enrich our community by sharing his ideals of urban beautification through horticultural education and by caring for the center gardens and the terminal building.

We continue to make great strides in providing a vibrant center where members, gardeners, horticultural speakers, instructors, as well as city, social, business, and private organizations and their guests come together.

However, we can't make it without the financial support of kind members and organizations like you! As we continue to honor Fred Heutte's wishes, membership fees and donations are vital to our efforts and their outcomes. As you have generously done so in the past, please take the time to print-out the form below and send-in your renewal or new membership. For those who have already sent in their renewals and new memberships, we thank you!  Please be advised that annual memberships have reverted to a period of one-year from the receipt of your donationFor more information, please call us at 757.441.2513.


Mail your membership to:
Fred Heutte Center
1000 Botetourt Gardens
Norfolk, Virginia 23507-1866

2018-2019 HONOR DONORS

Bettie M. Cooper
Helene & Jim Haluska ~ T.W. Hubbard & Christopher Hamlin
The Estates of Dr. Ula K. Motekat and Janne Motekat ~ Vaughan Privett
Captain Douglas M. & Mrs. Sally G. Simon
Mr. &. Mrs. Richard Tabor
Hampton Roads Community Foundation
The City of Norfolk, Virginia
Ghent Square Community Association



The Board of Directors of the Friends of Fred Heutte Foundation has presented Sue Mitchell with the 2015 Volunteer Service Award on August 26th, 2015. The award - in appreciation for many years of service in the gardens and on the board - was presented by Board President Bill Smoot and Board Member Elsie Holiday.

Reminders from Fred Heutte's

© 1977

Work Schedule Checklists:

Spring Schedule Checklist

April Checklist
___Remove recently purchased plants from their containers and inspect root systems; carefully 
unbind and separate root systems which are root bound before planting in the ground. 
___Make sure spring planting of trees, shrubs, and perennials is accompanied by sufficient 
watering; spring planting requires considerably more moisture than fall planting! 
___When planting annuals, insert them in the spaces between ripening bulb tops
___It is also time to sow many annuals from seeds; evenly distribute the seeds by mixing them 
with a handful of dry sand.
___'Tis time to look at the supply of summer-flowering bulbs such as dahlias, cannas, and 
gladiolas; be sure to divide bulbs if you've over wintered them at home.
___Start your caladiums in pots before transfer to the outdoor garden in May.  
___Consider succession planting for annuals as well as for vegetables; for instance, lettuce 
can be picked from early sowings and must be sown monthly for successive harvest using 
varieties which will withstand the summer heat.
___Prune flowering shrubs as they complete their blooming period, nipping off elongated growth; 
when pruning pyracanthas and hollies be careful to preserve areas where berries follow bloom 
to ensure next winter's color; nip the stem growth beyond the berries.

May Checklist  

___Pruning now is important for all ornamentals even if it seems repetitive; complete this 
pruning by the end of spring so the plant can reconstruct its flower and/or fruiting buds 
for the following year.
___Keep plants properly pruned, thus open and aerated; this minimizes pest invasion as most 
insects seek dark corners in which to harbor and reproduce
___Pruning also helps concentrate root strength.
___Please build a good compost pile with a compost grinder; it is important that surplus growth 
find its way back into the garden through time.
___May is a critical month for keeping weeds in check as the first crop is usually going to seed 
at this time; do not rely heavily on weed killers
___Fertilizers are important at this time of year and selecting a brand compatible with your 
soil and environment is equally important.
___Consider raising the height of your lawnmower, normally from one to two inches.
___Provide your lawn with at least one-half inch of water per week, even if Mother Nature 
deposited an inch or two the week before!
___It is time to tend the magnolia grandiflora, the Grand Dame!  After bloom, the leathery old 
leaves and seed capsules which fall must be carted away as they are resistant to even the best 



Instructor of Pilates
at the Fred Heutte Center
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Daughter of Fred & Florence Heutte
Tucker, Georgia

Dr. Ula K. Motekat
Former Board Director
Friends of Fred Heutte Foundation

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- from Good Tidings Spring 2017 - The Hampton Roads Community Foundation
Dr. Ula Motekat was a brilliant accounting professor whose charitable gifts to the Hampton Roads Community Foundation will forever benefit eight area nonprofits that meant so much to her.

“Ula was a force of nature,” says Laurie Henry, a colleague at Old Dominion University of Motekat, who passed away in 2016 at age 90. “When Ula decided to do something she was going to do it.” That commitment guided everything Motekat did, including her philanthropy.

Born in Germany in 1926, Motekat learned English from Canadian soldiers after World War II. Moving to the United States in 1952 she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business from the University of Denver and a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Colorado. She was the first female in Colorado to make the top score on the Certified Public Accounting exam. Honored at a club that didn’t allow females, Motekat never forgot having to take the freight elevator to the ceremony.

As a pioneering educator, Motekat was the first female business professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She also was the first female accounting professor at ODU where she taught from 1980 until retiring in 2000. A member of Mensa, the high IQ society, Motekat was a straight talker who demanded excellence. “Students were scared of her but appreciated everything she did,” says Henry.

“Ula’s major love outside work was classical music,” says Ann Swartz-Miller, an ODU business school colleague. She used her accounting skills as treasurer of the Feldman Chamber Music Society and other organizations. Motekat and her younger sister Janne were regulars at concerts and museums. Classical music from WHRO was always playing in their home where they doted on their cats.

In 2006 Motekat was devastated when Janne, her only living relative, passed away. Motekat “had to rethink everything” regarding her estate, she said in an interview. She connected with her community foundation because of her experience as the Feldman treasurer. Each year like clockwork the community foundation sent a grant check to the Feldman. It came from a fund started by Alice Jaffe, who had served with Motekat on the Feldman board and arranged for a charitable bequest to benefit the Feldman through her community foundation.

“I thought if Alice Jaffe can set up that kind of thing, why can’t I?” Motekat said. In 2006 she used a tax-deductible Individual Retirement Account distribution to create the Ula Motekat Fund. She designated the Feldman, Chrysler Museum of Art, Virginia Opera and WHRO to forever receive annual grants.

Motekat also arranged for a charitable bequest to start after her death. In 2016 her estate gift created the Ula and Janne Motekat Fund at the community foundation. Each year it provides grants to the organizations Motekat designated – the Chrysler Museum of Art, Fred Heutte Center, Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk SPCA, Virginia Beach SPCA, Virginia Opera and WHRO.

Motekat’s generosity guarantees that her favorite organizations will always remember her and Janne and know that the sisters’ lives were enriched by music, art, animals and nature.

Former Member, Board of Directors
Friends of Fred Heutte Foundation


Garden Volunteers from the Old Dominion University
Service and Civic Engagement

Volunteers and Montessori School Students
Clearing Late Winter Garden



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In the Spirit of Volunteerism!

Volunteer Vaughan Privett and his "Youth For Work" summer crew, which consisted of two of his grandsons and three other Norfolk Christian students and their friends, have pitched in from time to time to help take care of the grounds at the Fred Heutte Center. His and the mothers of the crew objectives included providing the students summer opportunities to learn and helping them appreciate things they have learned at the Huette Center. Vaughan enjoyed teaching them on tools, beds, trees, and general tasks in the garden. They all worked with cooperative spirits!

Our Center is a drop off point for the
Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia

We glady accept food and monetary donations on the Bank's behalf!
Please call ahead 441-2513 to schedule your drop off!

The FHC Earthcam

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Planting your garden? Check out the CoCoRaHS "Climate Resources Guide for Master Gardeners"

Last summer, CoCoRaHS released an on-line guide for our master gardeners  ( out there. The HTML version of this guide( ) introduces elements of large scale and local climate important to gardeners. An overview of climate patterns and differences are shown. Links to local climate information are provided. Topics include: Climate & Gardening, Sunshine, Temperature, Humidity and Dew Point, Precipitation, Wind, Evapotranspiration, Climate Resources, Climate Change and CoCoRaHS.

We hope that you'll take a look at it, use it for your own gardening needs and pass along the URL link to other gardeners you know who may be interested in gaining a better understanding of climate and how climate might effect their local gardening efforts . . . and watch out putting out your tender plants in those areas where frost could still show up in May!

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