Garden Glossary

Posted by on March 21, 2013


Acidic soil: Acidic soil: The pH scale is logarithmic, from 0 to 14 with 7 being neutral. Soil with a pH level below 7 is acidic. The lower the pH, the more acidic it is. Acidic soil is also referred to as sour soil.     Alkaline soil: The pH scale is logarithmic, from 0 […]

July Garden Inspiration

Posted by on July 2, 2014

Helen's Haven

My sister-in-law, Charmaine Yoest,  visited recently, and with the lovely moment of her near to my hand, her words of praise gladdened my heart. “What changed…and what did you do…how long has it been since I was here last?” The garden has grown. Even I noticed it this year; after visualizing her Helen’s Haven for nearly […]

Plants With Benefits: Cucumber, Cilantro, Lime Leaf G & T

Posted by on June 13, 2014

GardenMentors G&T

My friend Robin Haglund, Founder and President of Garden Mentors, contributed a plant with benefits recipe today…specifically a garden-to-glass delight. Try this garden-to-glass goodie @HelenYoest Click to Tweet! Like many horticulturists, I live a life of zone denial, which means I’m often buying plants that are unlikely to survive in the winter in my Seattle […]

June Inspiration

Posted by on June 9, 2014


I made it through May, the season of green. That sounds strange, even for me. The weather was some of the best I’ve experienced in my 26 years living in Raleigh, North Carolina; and in all those years, Helen’s Haven remains green. Each year, I strive to improve on a collection or a season, yet […]