The Urban Gardener Lecture Series - 2015


Hampton Roads Community Foundation The Fred Heutte Center is pleased to continue its Urban Gardener Lecture Series for 2015. The series continues to be funded by a generous grant from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation is southeastern Virginia's largest grant and scholarship provider. Since its founding in 1950, the regional community foundation has provided more than $200 million in grants and scholarships to improve life in Southeastern Virginia.

We have gathered a variety of speakers who will provide expertise in different gardening-related fields. The series is geared for beginners and specialists. While the program is free for members of the Friends of Fred Heutte Foundation, the cost for non-members is $ 5.00 per person. Some lectures require the pre-payment of materials fees. All lectures will be held at the center.

Please register for sessions via email at fhcgarden@cox.net
or by calling 757.441.2513 !





Hardy Palms for Tidewater Gardens




Ralph Denton
Instructor


Thursday, September 17th, 2015, 7:00PM

Think hot summer day, cool drink in hand, comfortable lounge chair, and a good book. You’re immersed in sub-tropical foliage as palm leaves gently sway overhead in the wind, providing dappled shade. If you want that tropical look, but can’t afford frequent airline tickets to Florida, then attend our program and learn how all this can be accomplished here in the tidewater area! Pungo Palms is a "niche" nursery specializing in unique cold hardy subtropical landscape plants.

Ralph & Kathy Denton, owners of Pungo Palms Nursery in Virginia Beach, are our local palm and cold hardy sub-tropical plant experts. Their nursery has been open to the public for 14 years. Initially they started collecting, propagating, and testing acquired plants, then studying the effects of cold weather on their palms, citrus trees, desert plants, and other cold hardy plants. As a result they now have a mature collection of plants which survive our cold temperatures down below 8°F. Not all palms are cold hardy, nor do well in cold areas. Ralph and Kathy know which species and varieties are able to tolerate the freezing conditions of Tidewater winters. Each fall seed is collected and new plants are directly propagated from them. This insures that their genetic signature is passed directly to their offspring. It can be said that these are "Virginian grown palms".

Ralph’s program is a great introduction to successfully growing palm trees. He will discuss the different types & varieties of palms, planting, best growing conditions, fertilization, and highlight the ones that tolerate our winters. You’ll learn how to care for your palms in both summer & winter. He’ll also share secrets about palms and other cold hardy plants he’s learned about in the past twenty-five years.

This program is free for members of the Friends of Fred Heutte Foundation; the cost for non-members is $5.00 per person. Some lectures require the pre-payment of materials fees. All lectures will be held at the center.

Please register for sessions via email at fhcgarden@cox.net or by calling 757.441.2513 !



SECRETS FOR GROWING HERBS IN THE TIDEWATER AREA



with Billi Parus

Saturday, April 18th, 2015, 11:30AM

For our 34th Annual Herb Sale & Festival, we have two great sessions featuring former speakers in the Urban Gardener Lecture Series, funded by The Hampton Roads Community Foundation. Join Billi in the first session to find out about how to grow herbs successfully in the Tidewater are. For this pecial presentation during our festival, non-member fees will be waived! However, be sure to call (757.441.2513) or email us at fhcgarden@cox.net to reserve a spot for you.




RECIPES FOR DELICIOUS DELICACIES FEATURING HERBS



with Elizabeth Meska

Saturday, April 18thth, 2015, 1:30PM

The second urban gardener lecture series session will be conducted by FHC Board Member, horticulturalist, and chef Elizabeth Meska. At this informative demonstration, Elizabeth will share her recipes for delicious delicacies, especially those featuring herbs! For this special presentation during our festival, non-member fees will be waived! However, be sure to call (757.441.2513) or email us at fhcgarden@cox.net to reserve a spot for you.




Lawn Management Practices for Fescue Lawns
for the Environtmentally Concerned




Jim Lachowicz

Thursday, August 6th, 2015, 7:00PM

Do you look with envy across the fence at your neighbor’s beautiful fescue lawn? Do you wish you knew what and how to get the same results! Let’s face it, you have a condition called “Lawn Envy”! Late summer/early fall is the time to cure this condition! Learn how to have a healthy green fescue lawn without hurting mother nature. We will look at the critical elements and timing on how to care for a lawn, chemical vs. organic means of control and fertilization, use of herbicides/pesticides and alternatives, and just what is a ‘realistic perfect lawn’.

Jim Lachowicz attended the 2000 Chesapeake Master Gardener class and became a Virginia Tech "Grass Guru” and turf specialist in 2001. He teaches at many of the Hampton Roads, Western Tidewater, Eastern Shore Master Gardener Intern programs on proper turf practices as well lecturing at many garden clubs in Eastern North Carolina and Virginia. He was recently a featured lecturer at the Hampton Roads Research and Extension Center Gardening Festival.

Come learn how to get your lawn to be the envy of all your neighbors!

Please register for sessions via email at fhcgarden@cox.net
or by calling 757.441.2513 !



Pollinators




Dr. Deborah Waller
Old Dominion University


Thursday, August 20th, 2015, 7:00PM


SORRY, THERE ARE NO MORE SEATS AVAILABLE FOR THIS SESSION.

Pollinators and man have had a close interrelated biological relationship for thousands of years. Man indirectly depends on pollinators for food, and pollinators depend on man as protectors of their environment. Unfortunately, mankind lately has not lived up to its part of the bargain! Proof is that we now see a decline of some of our bees which pollinate our foods, resulting in pollinator losses, especially the Monarch butterflies. We have lost 90% of our Monarch butterfly population in the last five years! The United States has lost over 50% of its managed honeybee colonies over the past 10 years. Man’s indiscriminate use of pesticides and herbicides, habitat destruction, parasitic infestation, loss of food, and diseases are just some of the problems causing this effect. We have to correct and reverse these problems now! Entomologist Dr. Deborah Waller will address some of these issues, teach us about pollinators, their importance, and how we can work to insure their survival.

Deborah Waller’s lifelong fascination with insects led to her career as an entomologist. She received her Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Texas where she studied insect/plant interactions for her dissertation. Teaching and post-doctoral assignments included George Washington University, Catholic University, Louisiana State University, Sweet Briar College and the University of Virginia’s Blandy Experimental Farm. Each provided opportunities to study a wide variety of insects in different habitats. As Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Old Dominion University, Dr. Waller focuses on insect diversity, behavioral interactions and chemosensory attractants. Students in her Entomology and Animal Behavior classes investigate pollinator syndromes and pollinator competition on flowers.

Please register for sessions via email at fhcgarden@cox.net
or by calling 757.441.2513 !




Make A Faux Copper Tuteur


    


Bill Smoot
President, FHC Board of Directors


Saturday, August 29th, 2015, 10:00AM - 12 NOON

These beautiful faux copper tuteurs are a perfect garden addition! Initially made to train and support vines, they serve equally well as a garden object d’art. They are made with PVC tubing and connectors and can be sprayed a copper finish as seen here, or any color to match your garden decor. The tuteur is five feet tall and one foot square at the base. It will be a standout in your garden. Best of all you can boast to your garden visitors, “I made it myself!”

Each participant will learn how to make a tuteur to take home with them. Students will provide their own paint (one can spray paint) and paint the finished tuteur at their home. Cost of course and materials is $40.00 per person. Class is limited to 10 participants. Advance registration and payment is required! No refunds.


Please register for sessions via email at fhcgarden@cox.net
or by calling 757.441.2513 !






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