The Urban Gardener Lecture Series - 2013

Hampton Roads Community Foundation The Fred Heutte Center is pleased to continue its Urban Gardener Lecture Series for 2013. 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 $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 Elizabeth Meska
FHC Board of Directors

Thursday, July 25th, 2013, 7:00PM

There's something about smoothies which make them almost as irresistible as a meal, a drink, or a snack, especially on a hot summer day. Get your blender ready for these healthy fruit smoothie recipes you can make in minutes. Smoothies provide so much: wonderful flavors, servings of fruit, and cool refreshment. We've added protein and vitamin-loaded vegetables to a few smoothie recipes to help you get the most benefit from your beverage. Come learn and taste!


Wesley Greene
Colonial Williamsburg

Thursday, August 8th, 2013, 7:00PM

Wesley Greene provides explanations of the most approved uses for bell glass, hotbeds, paper frames and other such devices for the production of vegetables all the year round as well as a concise history of their development along with instructions from the most accomplished English gardeners and botanists of the 18th century for the management of the kitchen garden as currently practiced in the town of Williamsburg, Virginia.

He is a gardener in the Historic Trades Department of Colonial Williamsburg where is has gardened with heirloom plants for over 30 years. In 1996 he founded the Colonial Garden and Garden Shop on Duke of Gloucester Street where costumed employees interpret 18th century plants, tools and cultural technique and offer, for sale, period appropriate plants, seeds, bulbs and other garden related objects. Author of VEGETABLE GARDENING the Colonial Williamsburg Way, 18th century methods for today’s organic gardeners. (Rodale Press, 2012)


with Billi Parus

Thursday, August 15th, 2013, 7:00PM

Now that all of those tomatoes and herbs you planted in the spring are coming to fruit – you may be overwhelmed by just what to do with them. Have no fear! Herbal expert & chef Billi Parus will show you various and sundry ways to put them to good use. Her program “ T’Maters & Herbs” combines the best recipes of appetizers, side dishes, main entrées, tasty drinks to dessert. As always, Billi shares her recipes and passes out samples for you to enjoy.


Nadine Scott

Thursday, September 26th, 2013, 7:00PM

Nadine is very active in The Native Plant Society of South Hampton Roads. She promotes the use of native plants for the landscape. Natives benefit the bees, butterflies, and other pollinators and wildlife, as well as being a beautiful alternative to non-native species. Her program will highlight those native plants that adapt well to the garden and attract wildlife and beneficial insects. You’ll learn about native plants, such as the Carolina Silverbell above, that make wonderful garden additions.

Nadine is also an active member of the Chesapeake Master Gardener program. Her other passion is butterflies! She is a member of the Butterfly Society of VA, serving as co-chair of the plant acquisition team for the annual plant sales. She has been a member for approximately 16 years. She has been raising and releasing butterflies as a hobby for many years.

Special note: Some lucky attendees will be taking home native plants as door prizes!


Eileen Walsh
Virginia Beach Master Gardener

Sunday, September 29th, 2013, 2:00PM

Did you know that images of large leaves can be permanently captured in concrete to produce beautiful objets d’art? Virginia Beach Master Gardener Eileen Walsh will show you how. These concrete leaf castings have a multitude of uses in your home or garden. They can be used as table decorations, bird feeders, personalized gifts, soap dishes, garden art, or as a birdbaths. Each participant will learn how to make a large leaf casting (approx. 12 inches in diameter) to take home with them. Cost of course and all materials is $30.00 per person. Class is limited to 10 participants. Pre-registration and advance payment is required.

Lawn Management Practices
for the Environmentally Concerned

Jim Lachowicz

Thursday, October 17th, 2013, 7:00PM

Learn how to have a healthy green 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 what is a ‘realistic perfect lawn’.

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


Bill Smoot

Sunday, November 24th, 2013, 2:00PM

Bill Smoot’s program looks into the new gardening concept of "living walls", or vertical gardening! He has traveled throughout the world visiting vertical gardens and will share his photos with you. Living walls create a lush covering of plants on a vertical plane. Because plants are grown vertically, valuable floor & garden space is saved. Initially started in France as large commercial installations spanning several stories high, they were then adapted for indoor commercial decoration, and now are starting to appear in individual homes and gardens. As with all things new and rare, all are currently on the pricey side – until now! Bill has devised a method of economically fabricating vertical gardens using hardware store materials and other items. Now you can be the envy of all your friends with your own inexpensive vertical garden!

Making the

FHC Board Members

December 1st, 2013, Sunday, 1PM

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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.

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