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Sensational Spring Festival


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Who’s ready to hang out in their backyard? Gardening, grilling, and fresh drinks!

You can find an ingredient for all the above at The Fred Heutte Center April 21st and 22nd. Plants, herbs, fine art, home decor, yard art, yummies and everything in between at the intersection of Westover and Botetourt Garden.

The Herb and Plant Sale at the Heutte Center has been a staple of the Ghent Community for over 36 years. It’s a chance to buy plants and herbs, talk with Master Gardeners, and participate in herb lectures. You’ll find what you came for, and leave with so much more.

The sale was started over 36 years ago as part of its work to provide information about herbs. It has evolved into an event of lovely smells, sights and knowledge. All bringing together the vision of Fred Heutte, highlighting the herb knot garden on the center of the grounds.

Fifteen years ago, they added an Arts and Craft show. This year over 80 artists exhibit, demonstrate and sell their homemade, handmade and handcrafted wares. With an acre of ground to cover, there are plenty of spots in the gardens to sit and relax. Enjoy your purchases, the gardens, while munching on noshes from several food vendors.

The Fred Heutte Center is the centerpiece in the development of Ghent Square. The center is supported through volunteerism. The rental of the facility includes not only weddings, professional and social clubs, but classes available to the community. Take a second and check out the bulletin board.

A neighborhood passive park surrounds the Fred Heutte Center and includes open areas, along with gardens which are tended by the City of Norfolk and members of the Norfolk Master Gardeners. The Gross Memorial Garden on the east side of the 1-acre of gardens features vegetables and fruits donated to the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia.

Check out http://www.genserva.com/fhcgarden/ for an up to date listing of the Urban Gardener Lectures. For more information, 441-2513 (herbs) or 472-8092 (art/craft).