The Urban Gardener Lecture Series - 2012

Hampton Roads Community Foundation The Fred Heutte Center is pleased to continue its Urban Gardener Lecture Series for 2012. 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 thatn $152 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.


with Les Parks
Smithfield Gardens

Thursday, July 12th, 2012, 7:00PM

2012 is the year of hydrangeas! The warmer winter, cool spring temperatures & increased rainfall have caused them to be garden standouts this year! Hydrangeas have always been a favorite in Southern gardens and for many years have been a mainstay of shady areas. Only recently are hybridizers producing smaller plant sizes, new colors & flower forms. and re-blooming & ever-blooming characteristics. These new varieties are absolutely spectacular and deserve a closer look! They will brighten up your shade garden! Les will have some for you to see firsthand. Les will cover everything you need to know about their care and culture.


with Marie Butler
Virginia Zoo

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012, 7:00PM

You’ve planted it, fed it, and watered it, but now what do you do? Horticulturist Marie Butler provides valuable tips on maintaining the health and design of your summer garden while conserving your own energy. Her “To-Do List” is invaluable as to the proper times for maintence of your garden. Marie has a large garden to maintain at the zoo with limited help. Her tips will save you time, money, sore backs, and will make your garden look lovely!


Elizabeth Meska
Member, Board of Directors
Friends of Fred Heutte Foundation

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012, 7:00PM

Let’s make salsa! Think of cool tasty dishes flavored with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, , mangoes, peaches, pineapples and spices & herbs … The list and blends could go on endlessly! Use them as healthy snacks, or to enhance your grilled entrées. They’re cool, colorful, refreshing, delicious and easy to make! Take advantage of fresh fruits and veggies now available! Chef Elizabeth Meska demonstrates how to make several salsa dishes and shares her recipes of favorites. Naturally, she’ll have several dishes available for sampling!


with Les Parks
General Manager, Smithfield Gardens

Thursday, August 9th, 2012, 7:00PM

With Tidewater's miles of beachfront and with its numerous creeks and rivers, area gardeners are often concerned with salt damage occurring in their garden. In this talk Les Parks will cover some simple strategies to minimize salt damage both from oceanfront spray, but also from inshore tidal flooding. An extensive list of salt tolerant trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals will also be discussed, many of them native to the area.


with Jeffrey Halvorson

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012, 7:00PM

Do you want to get more enjoyment from your garden? Consider adding a water garden. The soothing sound of water and the beautiful colors of fish and plants are sure ways to do this and Jeffrey Halvorson is glad to tell and show you how. Owner of Hampton Roads Water Gardens in Hampton, Jeffrey’s business has all of the materials to get you started. His program will include how to build, stock, and maintain a water feature that will enhance your garden. Hampton Roads Water Gardens maintains a wide selection of pool liners, supplies, goldfish, Japanese koi, pond plants, and both tropical and native water lilies.


with Cynthia Wyskiewicz
Environmental Horticultural Extension Agent, Portsmouth

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012, 7:00PM

The Tasty Adventures of (Tea)-Camellia sinensis! Join Cyndi Wyskiewicz as she talks about the history and culture of the tea plant Camellia sinensis, and the different classes of tea. Learn how the past time of drinking tea and tea time got started. Cyndi Wyskiewicz has been the environmental horticulture agent with Virginia Cooperative Extension in the city of Portsmouth, VA, since 2006. Cyndi has her Bachelor’s and Master of Science degrees in Horticulture from the University of Connecticut. She is a member of the Herb Society of America- member of the Buy fresh- Buy local Hampton Roads Chapter and a board member of the Virginia Horticultural Foundation. Her main loves are working with, talking and teaching about herbaceous plants, vegetables, and herbs.

Fall Seeding for Spring & Summer Plants!

Lisa Ziegler
The Gardener's Workshop

Tuesday, September 4th, 7:00 PM

Mother nature plants many hardy annuals in the fall for bloom next spring. You can do the same! All you have to do next spring is just add water… The seeds are scattered and re-plant themselves year after year directly in the garden. No more buying bedding plants year after year, these favorates come back for you every year. Now your flower beds can be full of larkspur, nigella, bachelor buttons, bells of Ireland, bupleurum, Green Mist – the Queen Ann’s Lace look-alike, plus many more. Lisa is a cut-flower farmer, author, and owner of The Gardener’s Workshop. Seed packets and other garden supplies will be available for purchase after the program. Check out her web page at

This session is free for members; $5 for non-members. Pre-registration is requested! Call 441-2513 or send an email to to register.

Billi Parus
Master Gardener

Thursday, September 13th, 7:00 PM

Casually stroll through the gardens of the Fred Heutte Center on a warm night while sampling several homemade ice creams and sorbets! Later, you’ll earn how to make these fabuluous deserts using fresh in-season fruits & berries! Billi will have 5 flavors for you to sample.

Billi Parus returns to share her creative cooking skills with us. Billi is a Virginia Beach Master Gardener, life member of the Herb Society of America, a member of the British Herb Society. She operates Lavender Hill House, an Internet gift basket business. She lives in Virginia Beach where she and her husband grow over 200 varieties of herbs, including 8 registered National Collections. Billi travels the country, teaching about cooking with herbs.

This session is free for members; $5 for non-members. Pre-registration is requested! Call 441-2513 or send an email to to register.

Bill Smoot
Famous British Gardens

Thursday, September 20th, 7:00 PM

Bill Smoot takes you on an armchair tour of four famous British gardens in the London vicinity. Slides of the Chelsea Flower Show will be included! These four gardens- with highlights from others as well - will be visited next year on the spingtime Famous British Gardens Tour. After the presentation, details about the tour will be presented.

This session is free for all participants. Pre-registration is requested! Call 441-2513 or send an email to to register.


Sherry Kern
Horticultural Instructor
Tidewater Community College

Thursday, September 27th, 2012, 7:00PM
We all want beautiful trees in our landscapes but is that enough? With our cities striving for 40% canopy coverage, our trees are part of the vast urban landscape. We'll take a brief look at site considerations, basic design principles, and proper tree selection so we'll ultimately have beautiful and healthy trees.

This session is free for members; $5 for non-members. Pre-registration is requested! Call 441-2513 or send an email to to register.

Herbal Liqueurs
with Billi Parus
Master Gardener

Thursday, October 4, 7:00 PM

This session is free for members; $5 for non-members. Pre-registration is requested! Call 441-2513 or send an email to to register.

with Norie Burnet

This program originally scheduled for
October 9th at 7PM

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Bill Smoot & FHC Board Members

Sunday, December 9th, 2013
1 - 6 PM

This program has become a classic! Our "famous" Williamsburg Style Wreath decorates the Heutte Center during the December holidays and we have more requests for this program than any other. 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 them. The class is free for Friends of Fred Heutte Foundation members and $5.00 for non-members. Cost of materials is $40.00. Pre-registration and pre-payment of all fees are required. Call 441-2513 or send an email to to register.

E-Z Holiday Floral Designs
with Bill Smoot

Tuesday, December 11th, 7:00 PM

Bill Smoot will demonstrate five designs which will remove the stress of your holiday decorating! They are unique and easy to make. You might consider making some extra ones as gifts. And in the spirit of holiday giving, all of these designs will be given away as door prizes!

This session is free for members; $5 for non-members. Pre-registration is requested! Call 441-2513 or send an email to to register.

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