The Fred Heutte Center Online Newsletter

    The FHC Newsletter

MARCH 2017

Volume 37 Number 2

UPDATED 3/21/17

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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:


___March is prevention month (not to mention it is the busiest of garden months), as many of the ills that befall plants can now be eradicated at their source, as many insects have hibernated over the winter and will soon breed along the stems of plants and litter.
___After debris from pruning and after litter are removed, a dormant spray should be applied under high pressure, but without insecticide abuse. Because of the constantly changing use of insecticides the best advice is to consult your local experts! Also, begin your growing year with good sanitation. Remove all waste and debris from last year's garden and place in your compost heap.
___A good pruning knife and shears with two cutting edges is essential for sanitary gardening as well as for shaping the destiny and character of the garden. "Nature has the will, but not the power, to reach perfection." But your help in the garden can make all the difference.
___Shrubs complete their flowering sequence and are ready to renew themselves for another season's go-around. There will be new growth and older limbs will die out. Good gardeners must intervene with their pruning shears to keep their dream garden in the continuing state of perfection. Pruning should start right as the forsythia goes out of bloom along with other early flowering shrubs and plants. Heavy pruning intended to rejuvenate an old plant or reduce its size should also be accomplished at this time.
___For your lawn, this is the time to apply pre-emergent crab grass control and then your fertilizers. Many of the latter do contain pre-emergents, so check on this when purchasing.

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 rake!



Instructor of Pilates
at the Fred Heutte Center
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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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