The Urban Gardener Lecture Series - 2016

Hampton Roads Community Foundation The Fred Heutte Center is pleased to continue its Urban Gardener Lecture Series for 2016. 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
or by calling 757.441.2513 !

Making the

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December 4th, 2016, Sunday, 2PM

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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. 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.

Garden Structures and Features

Pamela Harper
Gardener, Photographer, Author, Lecturer

Sunday, October 30th, 2016, 2:00PM

Pamela Harper, noted gardener, photographer, author, and lecturer rarely gives presentations now. During her decades supplying pictures for garden books and magazines, Pamela came to recognize that the pictures most in demand were those combining plants with a non-plant feature -- a seat surrounded by flowers, for instance. This talk on "Garden Structures and Features" will present a wide range of such subjects photographed, mostly in home gardens in the United States or England.

Pamela has authored several books on plants and gardening including the two very popular books Time-tested Plants and Color Echoes. Time-tested Plants is a remarkable book about her "thirty years in a four-season garden" which allows us to learn from her gardening experience while Color Echoes shows us a method of creating color harmonies in the garden. Pamela no longer has these available for sale at presentations; but they are available, along with her other books, on the Internet from Amazon and Barnes and Noble (limited selection). She has also written many articles for magazines and has earned awards from the Garden Writers Association of America and from the American Horticultural Society.

Pamela began her gardening in England, coming to the United States in 1968 where she and her husband settled in Virginia after sojourns in Connecticut and Maryland. It is here in Tidewater, Virginia that her gardening experiences are captured in Time-tested Plants.

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Cold Hardy Tropicals

Douglas Spencer
Virginia Beach Master Gardener

Thursday, September 29th, 2016, 7:00PM

Want that tropical look, but can�t airfare to the islands? One alternative is to grow tropical plants in the summer � and pitch them when winter arrives. You can also buy greenhouses and store them there during the winter. Both of these solutions can get to be expensive.

Some of us play that game of �zone denial�! This is where we buy tropical plants and keep our fingers crossed that the winter doesn�t kill them. What if I told you that Virginia Beach Master Gardener Doug Spencer has a list of plants that can give you that tropical look AND includes plants which are winter hardy? That, my friends, is the gist of his program! Learn how we can keep that tropical look going from year-to-year without breaking the bank!

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Birdhouses for Small Birds

Bill Smoot
President, Board of Directors, Fred Heutte Center

Sunday, September 11th, 2016, 2:00PM

These bird houses are made specifically and are sized to attract a number of small birds, namely goldfinches, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, wrens, and downy woodpeckers. You�ll enjoy watching these little guys flutter around busily making their nests, fighting off other birds, and raising their young!

Made from PVC materials, hey are strong and can be mounted on a pole or hung from a tree branch. You can personalize the houses to match the colors of your home- or-let your children or grandchildren decorate it. Bring your own spray can if you wish a particular color. You�re only a spray can away from the right color!

Cost of the course and all materials is $25.00 per person. Participants will be making one bird house. Advanced registration and pre-payment is required. Call 757.441.2513 to register. All registration and monies to be received by Thursday September 8th, 2016. Class is limited to 15 registrants.

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or by calling 757.441.2513 !

Creating A Sustainable Garden
from Beginning to Completion

Laurie Fox, PhD

Thursday, September 8th, 2016, 7:00PM

The Heutte Center had received several requests for a program on "sustainable gardening". Knowing that Dr. Laurie Fox had recently completed a sustainable garden at the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center (AREC), we asked her to present such a program and she agreed. She stated that she had just completed a PowerPoint program that not only covers sustainable gardening practices, but includes - more specifically - the design, planning, and installation processes used in creating AREC�s new sustainable practices teaching garden from beginning to end.

Have you ever wondered how a public garden came to be? It has to planned, implemented, funded, designed, planted, and maintained. Join us for a behind the scenes look at the creation of the new sustainable practices teaching garden recently completed at the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research Station

This is a fantastic program! It gives insight to anyone planning a new garden, implementing sustainable gardening practices. or changing an older garden,. Laurie took the time to document and photograph the various aspects of planning, designing, and implementation of the progress and features of the garden. You�ll be privy to learn all of the aspects which go into the work.

Dr. Laurie Fox works at the Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Agricultural Research & Education Center (AREC) in Norfolk, VA. There she wears several hats in the areas of academia and research. She received her BS & MS degrees in Horticulture from North Carolina State University, with an emphasis on landscape design, ornamental plant production, & weed science. In 2009, she received her Doctorate in Horticulture from Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Laurie is the author and publisher of the book, Best Plants for Hampton Roads - A Landscape and Garden Companion. For the past several years Laurie has served as the chairman of the Virginia Flower & Garden Show.

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Garden Places in Small Spaces

with Michelli Booker
Garden Coach & Landscape Designer

Thursday, August 18th, 2016, 7:00PM

Gardening in a small space can be a challenge! How can you garden if all you have is a tiny footprint to work in? Have you ever looked over at your neighbor�s lawn and coveted all that wasted space covered in turf? Too bad there is no TV commercial advertising the all new and improved �Garden Stretcher� -- it doubles your garden size for just $19.95, plus shipping.

While it is physically impossible to make our gardens larger, we can create the illusion of greater depth, size, and space. Michelli will show us some simple techniques that will make our gardens go from that cramped look to spacious. Designing and gardening in small spaces is easier than you think� and if you have a larger garden you can make it appear larger�

Michelli �s program shares advice and guidance on maintenance, plant selection, and management to enable your garden to look larger, organized, and easier to maintain. These techniques will work with any style of garden or plants you want to grow. From asters to zucchini, cottage gardens to contemporary, they address all seasons and sustainability.

Michelli Booker is a Garden Coach and Landscape Designer. Her company, Apieling Services, specializes in working with clients to better understand and enjoy their landscapes and gardens. She earned her degree in Horticulture from TCC , with an emphasis on Landscape Design. She is an Advanced Certified Horticulturist through the Virginia Nursery and Landscaper Association. She is also a Virginia Beach Master Gardener, here she serves as a Tree Steward working with both the �Tree Talks� and �Green Thumb� series of educational sessions to the public and on the Speaker Bureau, speaking to the public on a variety of topics. She serves on the Advisory Board of The Chesapeake Arboretum and the VA Horticultural Foundation -which produces the Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Short Course and Flower & Garden Expo.

Feel free to bring photos of your space-challenged garden or landscape area or email photos with registration to be reviewed at session.

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or by calling 757.441.2513 !

Weeds That Make You Sneeze, Itch, & Bleed

Nancy Peters
Author, Weed Authority, Master Gardener

Thursday, August 4th, 2016, 7:00PM

Weeds � we all have them! While some may be very insignificant nuisances, others can cause us serious health problems. Some can be poisonous, cause physical harm, induce skin blistering, or allergic reactions, and sensitivities. Nancy Peters, �The Weed Lady�, is an expert on weeds. Part of her program will discuss some common weeds we should avoid contact with in our gardens. They include: Common Ragweed, Mugwort (or Chrysanthemum Weed, Pennsylvania Smartweed, Poison Ivy & Oak, Perennial Sowthistle, Thistles, and Brambles.

The second part of Nancy�s program will cover how to safely get rid of these harmful pests by using biological methods. Nancy encourages us to take a closer look at our weeds, because they will give us clues to their eradication. Look at which conditions encourage which weeds to grow. Now you can use these �clues� to defeat them! You may have to change conditions through fertilizing, use integrated pest management techniques, change the drainage, planting protective companions, or competing plants.

fs If you have a weed that is harassing your garden � bring a sample with you. Make sure to place it in a plastic bag it and bring the root section. Nancy will be glad to try and identify it for you and recommend suggestions for its eradication!

Nancy Peters has been dubbed �The Weed Lady� due to her experience and knowledge of weeds. She is the author of two e-books about weeds her e-books can be found on Amazon and other book sites. Just google:, click on e-books, search for Nancy Peters. Her e-books include:
  •  Flowers & Gardens Illustrated, Vol 1: Garden Weeds - Invasive Plant Identification This book suggests 10 ways to tell if it�s a weed.
  •  Gardens Illustrated Vol 2: Garden Weeds - Invasive Plant Management & Control This book describes the 7 strengths of weeds and how to combat them. Without weeding, everything we try to grow faces overly stiff competition. Her books show how to weed using some of nature�s own methods, without adding toxic herbicides. Weed Science Specialist at Cornell's Cooperative Extension, Dr. Andy Senesac writes �Nancy Peters takes us on a delightfully informative guided tour into the remarkable world of weeds. She has created a stepwise guide that will allow you to get to know your plants better � be they desirable or weedy. This book is a trove of information and lore about the most common plants we see�the ones we don't want! Weed it and reap!" Her books have quickly become valuables resources in quick weed identification and control.

    In 2004, Nancy trained as a Master Gardener at Cornell's Co-op Extension and as an organic "Green Guerilla" at Nature Lyceum and taught at both places. She trained in Botany at Suffolk Community College, lectured at the Organic Turf Trade show, libraries, and clubs, won prizes at rose shows, and landscaped both public and private gardens.

    Prior to formal garden training, from 1972-2003 Nancy pioneered as a female strategist, analyst and saleswoman on Wall Street. She graduated from Columbia University with an MBA in Finance, and Vassar College with a liberal arts BA. In 1999 she first began gardening at a weekend home in Westhampton Beach, NY. When gardening and her passion to learn about weeds overtook her NYC career, she moved to 10 acres in Spotsylvania, Virginia where she now lives with her husband .

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