The Fred Heutte Center Online Newsletter

    The FHC Newsletter

MAY 2017

Volume 37 Number 4

UPDATED 5/9/17

The 2017
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 ~ Charles & Bettie M. Cooper
Dr. & Mrs. T.W. Hubbard ~ The Norfolk Master Gardener Association
The Estate of Dr. Ula K. Motekat
Captain Douglas M. & Mrs. Sally G. Simon
William C. Smoot ~ Mr. &. Mrs. Richard Tabor
Hampton Roads Community Foundation
The City of Norfolk, Virginia



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:

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 rake!

June Checklist

___Roses require special care in June, more than most other plants. Be sure to provide adequately sized holes for their vigorous root systems. Upon receiving plants, be sure to immerse their roots in a gallon or more of water containing a plant hormone. Heal-in the rose ieven if you haven’t prepared the hole. Avoid in-transit shock by doing this soon after receipt of the plant, bare-root or not.
___Keep sowing vegetable seeds as those plants from seed sown in early spring are approaching harvest. But remember, over-planting results not only in waste of seed, but energy and quality as well. Flavor and vitamins can be lost after vegetables reach their peak.
___Mid-year is the time to plant for our summer gardens as early spring plants are past their roles and are building their corms below. Seeds and transplants of summer plants can be used to hide the spring bulb’s fading foliage.
___June is a good time to sow most annuals, especially those with large seeds such as marigolds which offer a wide spectrum of color, from the most dwarf to the three foot giants.
___Consider also the many summer bulbs that can be purchased at this time. All you need is a trip to your favorite garden shop– or let your fingers walk through some of the colorful catalogs.

July Checklist

___We have reached the peak of our daylight spans, and believe it or not, plants react to the change from maximum photosynthesis to increasing shadows. It's time to complete pinching of chrysanthemums to develop plants with nice branches. Be sure to feed mums now.
___Raise the cutting height on your mower with a blue grass or fescue lawn. This is not necessary with Bermuda grass. We now are experiencing Bermuda weather and it's time to sow the seed or spring it as the case may be.
___While July normally is one of our wettest months, it is also the time when plants require water most. An inch of water is needed per week! [ Editor's note: Ghent Square residents can view rainfall and a variety of weather graphical trends and data from our weather station, online at: ]
___Mulching retards evaporation and can reduce your need to water beyond the normal rainfall. Did you know that ½ to 1" of mulch will also make the ground surface cooler by at least five degrees? Pine needles, ground bark, commercial mulch, peanut hulls, or any loose materials will act as an insulator for the soil.


___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.



Instructor of Pilates
at the Fred Heutte Center
Click here for info.

Daughter of Fred & Florence Heutte
Tucker, Georgia

Former Mermber, Board of Directors
Friends of Fred Heutte Foundation

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 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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