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APRIL/MAY 2014
EARLY SPRING

Volume 34 Number 6


UPDATED 4/22/14





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Volunteerism!

Volunteers and Montessori School Students
Clearing Late Winter Garden


        

     

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VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD
presented to

Donald R. Snipes


Bill Smoot, Board of Directors President presents Donald R. Snipes with the foundation's volunteers service award for his many years of volunteerism. Mr. Snipes served as a helpful board member for 10 years and has worked most Thursday mornings in the gardens of the center.



  

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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!




  

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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
GARDENING IN THE
TEMPERATE ZONE

© 1977


Fall Work Schedule Checklists

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!

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.



The 2014
Membership Drive
Year Round

MEMBERSHIPS | FRIENDS OF FRED HEUTTE FOUNDATION:

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 http://www.genserva.com/fhcgarden/newsletter.htm).  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.


CLICK HERE TO PRINT MEMBERSHIP FORM

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

2013-2014 HONOR MEMBERSHIPS
FRIENDS OF FRED HEUTTE FOUNDATION

Ann & Larry Atkinson ~ Charles & Bettie Minette Cooper
Stacey J. Goode ~ Mrs. & Dr. 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. and Mrs. Sally G. Simon
Donald R. Snipes ~ William C. Smoot ~ Thomas West
Hampton Roads Community Foundation
The City of Norfolk, Virginia



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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  (http://www.extension.org/mastergardener out there. The HTML version of this guide( http://www.cocorahs.org/Content.aspx?page=MasterGardener ) 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 ~ http://www.hamptonroadscf.org


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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