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Volume 35 Number 10

UPDATED 9/25/15


Saturday, October 17th, 2015
9AM-1PM at the FHC!
Pre-orders accepted

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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.

New Tai Chi Class

beginning October 7th, 2015, Wednesday, from 10-11:00AM

Consists of:
1) Qigong Warmups
2) Wudan 13 Form from the Ming Dynasty

For beginners and intermediate students.

with Gloria Bersi
(practicing Yang Style Taiji for 22 years consecutively)

Please call Gloria at (757) 467-0689 for registration or any questions.

The 2015 Urban Gardener Lecture Series
continues with...

Caring for Tropical Plants

with Tracy Rowland
Thursday, October 8th, 2015, 7PM
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Pretty As A Peacock, But Twice As Smart

with Marie Butler
Thursday, October 15th, 2015, 7PM
Click here for details!



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The 2015
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


Cynthia Anstrom ~ Ann & Larry Atkinson ~ Amy Colaizzi ~
Charles & Bettie M. Cooper ~ Stacey J. Goode
Anne Z. Heutte ~ Dr. & Mrs. T.W. Hubbard
The Herb Society of America - Tidewater Chapter
The Norfolk Master Gardener Association
Hoyt March, Horton Nursery ~ Dr. Ula Motekat ~ Vaughan Privett
The Prime Timers of Southeastern Virginia
Captain Douglas M. & Mrs. Sally G. Simon
William C. Smoot ~ Dr. Deborah Waller ~ Thomas West
Hampton Roads Community Foundation
The City of Norfolk, Virginia
World Class Travel


Garden Volunteers from the Old Dominion University
Service and Civic Engagement
Late August 2014

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!

plus 12th Annual Arts & Craft Show


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New Additions to the Herb Knot Garden

Smithfield Gardens and Monrovia Nursery recently donated new bayberry shrubs in the herb knot garden on the north grounds of the center property. Special thanks to Les Parks of Smithfield Gardens and Jack Gearing of California's Monrovia Horticultural Craftsmen for contributing these fine plants and labor these fine contributions to our gardens.

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!

Reminders from Fred Heutte's

© 1977

Work Schedule Checklists


___While most plants resent being disturbed at this time of the year, the bearded or German iris is an exception. This is the best time to work around them and reset them if necessary, including surface rhizomes. The latter should be planted flat on the surface pointing downward and half covered with soil. They must not be buried as it is necessary for them to be sun-baked to produce the maximum number of flowers. This plant should not be mulched. Despite the fallacy that irises require poor soil, they will produce better flowers if the ground is adequately prepared. Use 5-10-5 fertilizer to complete the care cycle. Set irises a foot apart. Clumps of irises will require thinning and resetting every 3 years.
___Bearded iris will produce best in full sun in well-drained land, although you may see them at the edge of tidal lands where they are occasionally flooded.


__September is an ideal time to propagate new plants from cuttings. It is simple to take the tip growth from a hybrid tea rose after snipping off the faded flower, and make a cut below a leaf bud at least ten inches long. Strip off the foliage six inches above the cut, dip the stem in a root growing compound, and insert it in a four to six inch pot full of a prepared commercial sterilzied potting and rooting compound. Make sure the rooting medium is adequately moist and well-firmed around the stem of the cutting once inserted. Water again to exclude all air-pockets that may have been left. Place the potted cuttings in the shade and cover with an inverted quart mason jar which will act as a miniature greenhouse. Normally, the cuttings will not require additional moisture until rooted, a four to six week process.
__September and October are the best times of the year to renovate lawns, especially those using fescues, blue grass, and other cool weather grasses.
__Another reminder, found under the camellia culture, is that this is the time for gibbing blooms to hasten the blooming period by several months.
__Those of us who cannot develoop delphiniums because of our early summer high temperatures, should sow its near relative, the larkspurs. By the following May, they will produce beautiful spikes in colors according to your choice. They resent transplanting, so try to sow them directly where they are to bloom. If the spring space is unavailable at this time, sow them directly in pots. Wallflowers, another biennial, can be handled the same.
__Cleaning up the perennial and other flower borders is urgent as we prepare to plant bulbs at this time. They are now generally available at the various garden centers and it is best to make your list and acquire them before they are picked-over. Most of the spring bulbs have a protective skin and the main criterion in selecting a good viable bulb is to have that skin intact, especially on the tulip bulbs. Bulbs can be held over in a cool place and planted later, up to November, which is the preferred time for the Hampton Roads horticultureal zone.
__It's time to pick the so-called annuals and perennials to be used in dried arrangements. Pick while the flower is in its prime.


__Become aware of your growing season as great differences occur, particularly in the first frost dates, from Williamsburg to our north, the lower Eastern Shore to our northeast, to Northeastern North Carolina to our south!
__This is the season to transplant as plant roots will have a much longer undisturbed period until spring growth occurs. Be sure to top-prune your transplants.
__When transplanting container grown plants from nurseries, be sure to remove the plant from the container and dip it in a bucket of water into which a solution of commercial transplanting mixture has been added. If any root system looks container bound, be sure to loosen it. Do so by rolling the root ball on the ground with some hand pressure. Then plant the root into the ground. Before transplanting, make sure the area for the plant has been properly prepared. Place nutrients in the area to help your transplant adjust.
__Fact: Many gardeners keep plant root systems from spiraling by digging square rather than round holes.


__Itís time to complete cutting back perennials (not to include mums and fall asters). Label plants for spring division.
__Also, plant your spring bulbs now. Plant tulips 8 inches deep in Tidewater which is deeper than recommended. Add some well-rotted humus or native peat moss and bone meal in the planting hole to expand the root system. Consider casting some annual plant seeds among the bulbs area to create an interesting garden in the spring!
__Place an ample supply of organic materials into the soil. Use humus, bone meal, organic fertilizers, cottonseed meal, bloodmeal, fish emulsions, even stockyard droppings! Reserve chemicals for spring and summer use.
__Mulch transplants to protect them during winter months.
__Incorporate new plants which did not grow in a specific location before.

The FHC Webcam

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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!

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation ~

The Herb Society of America - Tidewater Unit also meets on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 1PM

To join our foundation, print-out your membership form by clicking here!


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