The Urban Gardener Lecture Series - 2014

Hampton Roads Community Foundation The Fred Heutte Center is pleased to continue its Urban Gardener Lecture Series for 2014. 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.

Please register for sessions via email at or by calling 757.441.2513 !


Bill Smoot

Sunday, January 26th, 2014, 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!


Billi Parus

Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 1:30PM & Sunday, April 27th, 2014 AT 1:30PM

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 is a life member of The Herb Society of America and The Herb Society of Great Britain. She is also a Virginia Beach Master Gardener. Currently she is serving as Chairman of the local Tidewater Unit of The Herb Society of America. Billi, and husband John, reside in Virginia Beach, VA. There 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. Hopefully, we can twist Billi’s arm a little more and she will share some of her delicious herbal recipes with us!


with Michael Nentwich
City Forester, City of Norfolk

Thursday, August 28th, 2014, 7:00PM

Please don’t commit Crepe Murder! If you drive around the Tidewater area you can see that so many folks have already done that… Crepe Myrtle trees were a beautiful gift the late Fred Heutte gave to us. Unfortunately, one problem we have with them is that as they age they may outgrow their boundaries and require pruning. Another problem with them is that people mutilate and kill them by using improper pruning techniques. Don’t commit Crepe Murder! Norfolk City Arborist Michael Nentwich will teach you the proper tools, equipment, techniques and procedures to use when pruning your crepe myrtle tree. This course is limited to 20 people and requires pre-registration.


with Tommy Heath

Thursday, September 11th, 2014, 7:00PM

Every area has its local garden expert on whom they rely to answer garden related questions. In Portsmouth that person is Tommy Heath. Tommy is the owner of Norfolk County Feed and Seed. Tommy worked in the store as a child, then bought the store from his father in 1975. He has been the owner since then. Tommy is the main Portsmouth source for plants, seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, information, and other agricultural related items for locals as well as many area farms in adjacent farming communities. He is also an excellent source for fall & winter plants. Tommy will also answer your other gardening questions.


with Lisa Ziegler

Thursday, September 18th, 2014, 7:00PM

Come learn what to plant in the fall and very early spring to have a dynamite spring garden. This includes the favorites of spring: snapdragons, sweet william, sweet peas, bells of Ireland, among others. What’s the secret? Plant them in the fall like pansies! Your spring will never be the same. If your home is on a spring tour or you do arrangements for Historic Garden Week these are the flowers to plant for a garden full of blooms. Lisa’s beautiful new book, Cool Flowers, will have just come out by our meeting and is all about this very subject! Lisa’s books, DVDs, gardening supplies and seeds will be available at the program for purchase.

This coming Wednesday, 10/29/14...
“Yep, I Have a Succulent for That... ”
Register now by email or by calling 441.2513


with Julie Finn

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014, 7:00PM

Looking for some bling? How about a String of Pearls or Jewel Plant? Fragrance? Try a Night-blooming Cereus or a coconut-scented Split Rock. Have kids or grandkids into goth? Try a plant from Madagascar with menacing black flowers. Got an obnoxious guest? Introduce him to Mr. Spitty. Need more space? Clear the room with plants that stink. Need a baby shower gift? Baby Toes fits the bill! There's a succulent for nearly every occasion and setting. They're fun, entertaining, and all beautiful in their own unique way.

Let Julie Finn, share her love of succulents and introduce you to the world of unusual succulent plants. She is the owner of Meadows of Bliss nursery in Currituck, NC. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned collector, you'll come away with knowledge of and appreciation for these easy-care, water-storing plants that thrive on neglect. Julie’s nursery also specializes in host/nectar plants for butterflies, unusual perennials & herbs, and unique hard-to-find select trees and shrubs. Take a look at her website She will have some of these unique plants available to purchase after her program.


with Dr. Laurie Fox

Thursday, September 25th, 2014, 7:00PM

A garden makeover can be as simple as revamping a tired flower bed, or as ambitious as tearing out the existing landscaping and starting from scratch. Whether your plans tend toward one of these extremes, or you simply want to add a feature or two, horticulturist and landscape designer Laurie Fox will show you how to reach your goals. Laurie’s program includes ideas, techniques, and suggestions aplenty to transform, improve, and refresh your garden space. What better time than now to infuse your personal taste, style, and character into your garden. While Laurie Fox is highly renowned for horticultural expertise, many folks aren’t aware that she also has a degree in landscape architecture!

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