The Urban Gardener Lecture Series - 2018


Hampton Roads Community Foundation The Fred Heutte Center is pleased to continue its Urban Gardener Lecture Series for 2018. 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 $265 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 designed 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 !



Our Urban Gardener Lecture series continues with...










Management Practices for Fescue Lawns

with Jim Lachowicz
Chesapeake Master Gardener & Member Fred Heutte Center


August 30th, 2018, Thursday, 7PM

at the Fred Heutte Center

Jim will cover all aspects of fescue lawn care maintenance for warm season grasses (tall fescue) for the environmentally concerned homeowner. His goal is to teach homeowners about how to properly care for and maintain a lush, green healthy lawn while avoiding any damage to the environment. Topics include: soil testing (how to do it and what's involved), fertilization (when, how much, and how to conduct), mowing (how high and how often), weed control (when and how to use organic and chemical control methods), irrigation (when and how often to water), as well as disease and pest issues (how to control). By doing lawn care correctly, you will save time and money and you won't contribute to pollution of our waterways, not to mention you won't harm our butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects.


Pre-registration is requested. Call 757-441-2513 or send an email to fhcgarden@cox.net to register.








Heirloom & Unusual Plants for Tidewater Gardens

July 19th, 2018, Thursday, 7PM

at the Fred Heutte Center

with Kim Mack, Chesapeake Master Gardener



Kim Mack has been a Chesapeake Master Gardener for over a dozen years. She graduated from Tidewater Community College with a concentration is crop production. Kim worked in the TCC educational labs for two years as a Lab and Research Specialist. While there, she maintained the educational greenhouses. When not teaching classes to master gardener interns, presenting programs, or doing other community service work, she was involved with garden related activities.

In 2016, she conducted a propagation workshop at the Mid-Atlantic Workshop.

Kim operates a small specialty nursery on 3-acres at her Chesapeake home and provides plants which grow well in the Tidewater environment. Kim’s nursery started from an off-shoot of her "garden coaching" business. As a gardening coach of new and inexperienced gardeners, she quickly realized that the plants she was recommending were often very difficult or impossible to find at local nurseries, or big–box stores. If she were to continue recommending them, then she needed to find a source for them. That’s when her “grower” training emerged! She became the source! She used her own backyard as her lab where she grew, tested, and evaluated plants under Tidewater conditions. She tested them on how well they withstood the hot summers and the wet winters and used other criteria as well. Each year she continues to evaluate and sample more plants.

Plants highlighted in this program come from Kim’s back yard and are all proven performers. All plants, herbs, perennials, and vegetables are grown organically. The program highlights heirloom plants which have been around for a long time including old cultivars found in our grandmother’s or great-grandmother’s gardens as well as some undervalued and unusual plants which love our humid climatic conditions. Kim tries to find plants which provide benefit to wildlife and/or add beauty as well. NO pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers are used with them!

Some of the her plants here will be available for purchase at the conclusion of the program. You can also find them on Saturday mornings from 8AM to 1PM at the Chesapeake Farmer’s Market.

Pre-registration is requested. Call 757-441-2513 or send an email to fhcgarden@cox.net to register.













Gardening in a Winter Wonderland

February 8th, 2018, Thursday, 7PM

with Marie Butler - Horticulturalist



Real Gardeners don’t hibernate in winter. It’s time to appreciate the lines and shapes in their garden transformed by the occasional snow. Bark, berries and birds come into focus. Strange shapes appear, some of which need to be pruned and redirected. Subtle flowers and enticing fragrance lure bees and gardeners to enjoy the moment. There’s planning and dreaming and nurturing to be done. Welcome to the wonders of winter in a Southern garden.

We occupy a unique position in the Hampton Roads areas. We jut out into the Atlantic Ocean and are affected by the Gulf Stream. The Chesapeake Bay stores heat which us. Most of us are listed as being in Agriculture Zone 7B, but we border on Zone 8A. There is a small area where some of us are listed as being in Agricultural Zone 8A. We are on the cusp and many of our tender plants are hit by intermittent colder winter periods. Those mature plants generally fare better in a colder winters. As certified “zone deniers”, we sometimes plant warmer climate plants in colder areas and hope for the best. Many can survive in colder climates, others will not. Marie will discuss these plants and the effects of cold weather on them.

It may be hard to believe, but Marie Mims Butler has been gardening for over “47 of her 29” years. Her horticultural career launched at NC State and has included teaching at the school for the blind, designing commercial landscapes, studying and teaching floral design in Japan, and presiding over the gardens of the Virginia Zoo as Landscape Coordinator. These days, Marie travels the country with the GWA: The Garden Writers Association, and shares her love of horticulture with everyone. You are welcome to join Marie in laughter and learning.

Pre-registration is needed. Call 757-441-2513 or send an email to fhcgarden@cox.net to register.



Making the
WILLIAMSBURG-STYLE WREATH

December 3rd, 2017, Sunday, 1PM
conducted by FHC Board Members


This program has become a classic! Our "famous" Williamsburg Style Wreath decorates the Heutte Center during the December holidays. The beautiful wreath is handmade using various cedars and evergreens and is very aromatic! Bright clusters of fresh fruit and bright red ribbon add a classical and elegant decorative addition to your holiday doorway. Participants should bring garden gloves, cutting shears, and a heavy duty staple gun, if they have one (or two).

Cost of materials is $40.00. Pre-registration and pre-payment of all fees are required. Call 441-2513 or send an email to fhcgarden@cox.net to register.






LANDSCAPING WITH NATIVE PLANTS

Nadine Scott - Chesapeake Master Gardener

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017, 7:00PM
Nadine Scott ia a past member of the Native Plant Society and Butterfly Society of Virginia. Currently, she is very active in the Chesapeake Master Gardeners and a member of the Luncheon Pilot Club of Chesapeake. She volunteers at least twice every month at the Chesapeake Care Clinic.

She stays busy tending to a 2-acre garden which incorporates lots of native trees, shrubs and flowers.

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







with Marie Butler - Horticulturalist

Thursday, July 20th, 2017, 7:00PM
Leaves "don’t get no respect"! Most of the time it’s the flowers that are the show stoppers and get all of the "oohs and aahs", while the leaves quietly blend in the background. But there are some showstopper leaves which can stand on their own merit.

In this program, Marie will explore some of the diverse attributes of leaves such as color, size, shape, form, texture, and other unique features. No longer will you have to rely just on flower color alone. It’s time to turn over a new leaf and consider using some of these fabulous foliage leaves for garden interests!

It may be hard to believe, but Marie Mims Butler has been gardening for over 47 of her 29 years. Her horticultural career launched at NC State and has included teaching at the school for the blind, designing commercial landscapes, studying and teaching floral design in Japan, and presiding over the gardens of the Virginia Zoo as Landscape Coordinator. These days, Marie travels the country with the GWA: The Garden Writers Association, and shares her love of horticulture with everyone. You are welcome to join Marie in laughter and learning.

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




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36th Annual Herb Sale & Festival
Urban Gardener Lecture Series Programs


For these special presentations during our annual festival, non-member fees will be waived! However, be sure to call (757.441.2513) or email us at fhcgarden@cox.net to reserve your seat.


  PESTO - AWESOME SAUCE! with Elizabeth Meska

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, 11:00AM
first floor, Fred Heutte Center

  A TREE WALK with the Norfolk Master Gardener Tree Stewards

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, 1:00PM
meet at the Master Gardener booth

  GROWING HERBS IN THE TIDEWATER AREA with Billi Parus

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, 2:00PM
first floor, Fred Heutte Center

  HAY BALE GARDENING with Norfolk Master Gardener Alice Hinsch

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017, 1:00PM
first floor, Fred Heutte Center

  A TREE WALK with the Norfolk Master Gardener Tree Stewards

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017, 1:00PM
meet at the Master Gardener booth

  SQUARE FOOT GARDENING - Paul Ziegler & Tom West, Norfolk Master Gardeners

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017, 2:00PM
first floor Fred Heutte Center then visit heirloom garden



More details below!


PESTO - AWESOME SAUCE!
with Elizabeth Meska

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, 11:00AM
One great way to utilize your herbs and impress your friends is to make pesto! This Italian sauce originated in the Roman Ages and has remained a classical favorite for hundreds of years. The term pesto means "to pound or to crush" in reference to the original method of preparation of using a marble mortar and wood pestle. Garlic, salt, cheese, herbs, olive oil, and vinegar were ground together to make this unique sauce. Traditionally, pesto was served over pasta.

Different Italian regions and cities took this basic pesto recipe and modified it by using local ingredients (herbs, wines, cheeses, and spices). This resulted in new and dirrerent flavors and variations. Now, new flavors of pesto are being served with breads and veggies. The introduction of basil - the main ingredient of modern pesto - occurred during the mid-1800s. Pesto alla genovese (Genovese pesto) is the most popular pesto in Italy and the rest of the world!

Pesto is very easy to make and Elizabeth Meska, our "horticulturalist chef" will show you how. she will share some of her classic and updated recipes with us and prepare a couple of dishes for you to sample. It is so much easier to make pesto today using a blender and food processor; and no more grinding 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 your seat.




GROWING HERBS IN THE TIDEWATER AREA
with Billi Parus

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, 2:00PM
Herbs are easy plants to grow. They do equally well in gardens as they do in pots .They are the ideal patio & small space garden plant. We have twisted our local herb guru’s arm and she has agreed to share some of her secrets of successfully growing herbs in the Tidewater area!

Billi Parus travels all over the country presenting herb & cooking programs. She, and husband JJ (John), reside in Virginia Beach, VA where they maintain a 200+ plant herb garden, featuring several national collections of herbs. In 2009. Billi was presented a Certificate of Achievement- one of 10 international awards bestowed by The Herb Society of America each year. She is a life member of The Herb Society of America and The Herb Society of Great Britain. Billi is also a Virginia Beach Master Gardener.

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 your seat.












HAY BALE GARDENING
with Alice Hinsch

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017, 1:00PM
Alice Hinsch was a registered nurse in New York for many years and retired in 2014 and moved to Colonial Place in Norfolk. Alice notes, "My children and grandchildren were the draw, along with saying goodbye to 22-inch snowstorms. Knowing nothing about the growing climate in Virginia, I enrolled in the Master Gardener program in 2015. Having to give a presentation to the class on something that we found interesting, I came across Joel Karsten's book Straw Bale Gardens. I was amazed at how easy the process was to acquire the perfect growing medium for fruits and vegetables. I enjoy speaking to garden clubs and other organizations on the benefits of this unique gardening process."

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 your seat.






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