Posted by on September 10, 2014

If you find fall webworms in your trees — hickory, walnut, birch, cherry and crabapple, to name a few — pull them out and dump the caterpillars into a bucket of soapy water. This is a good control measure for those nests within reach. For those nests that aren’t within reach, you may have to […]

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 […]

Day 10: Patrick Dougherty at the North Carolina Botanical Garden Chapel Hill, NC

Posted by on October 17, 2014

Patrick Doughtery North Carolina Botanical Garden

The still unnamed Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty has made progress in my absence.  I missed three days due to the rain, but it would appear work continued, at least part of that time.   The walls, ceiling, and windows are in place. The structure looks to complement the scale of the North Carolina Botanical Garden […]

Lawn and Garden Tool Review and #Giveway: Troy-Bilt JET Gas Leaf Blower

Posted by on October 16, 2014


  Troy-Bilt JET Gas Leaf Blower Need this? Want to re-gift this? I won’t tell. Enter a chance to win a great prize during this #giveaway! A winner will be chosen at random, Friday, October 24th. Sharing this #giveaway over at #GardeningWithConfidence and @TroyBilt with @HelenYoest Click to Tweet! Recently, I received the new Troy-Bilt […]

Day 6: Patrick Dougherty at the North Carolina Botanical Garden

Posted by on October 13, 2014

Patrick Doughtery

Day 6: The scaffolding is in place. On a misty mid-morning visit, I was able to witness the progress from earlier in the morning. Not much happened Friday afternoon since Patrick Dougherty of Stickwork and his team didn’t work as Patrick attended his son’s college orientation. Day 6 appears to be the day the “weaving”  begins. […]

Day 5: Patrick Dougherty at the North Carolina Botanical Garden

Posted by on October 10, 2014

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It’s fascinating to watch the slow process of creating art. Patrick Dougherty is currently an artist-in-residence (though October 24, 2014) creating an outdoor sculpture of a one-of-a-kind installation at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. It takes Mr. Dougherty 3 weeks to install his signature Stickworks. @HelenYoest Click to Tweet! Working with local volunteers, the project began  with the […]

Garden Talent: Robert E. Lyons

Posted by on October 7, 2014

Bob Lyons

My friend, Bob Lyons, has retired after 33 years in horticulture. It was a career well-achieved. Congratulations, Bob! May you continue to have your hand in the soil and the spirit of wonder only gardening can bring…Helen Yoest Name: Robert E. Lyons Years of work in profession: 33 Occupation: Professor Emeritus of Horticulture and Former […]

Patrick Dougherty, artist-in-residence at North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC

Posted by on October 6, 2014


        As excited as I am, I cannot imagine the rush Stickwork artist, Patrick Dougherty, must be feeling right now. Starting today, and continuing for the next 3 weeks, October 6-24, 2014, Patrick Dougherty will be the Artist-in-Residence at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. Mr. Dougherty is an outdoor sculpture creating […]

October garden maintenance for the southeast

Posted by on October 6, 2014

Vivien Phillip's Dahlias

Fall for me brings the beginning of the new gardening year, and October is fall’s most festive month. October gardening in North Carolina is the reward for all your hard work throughout the year. Now is the time to appreciate your landscape, but do some preparedness as well. I’m not sure what excites me more, […]

October Inspiration: Fall for Fragrance

Posted by on October 5, 2014


The air of October is filled with fragrance.  Off in a distance and next to the deck, designing with fall fragrance completes a fine design.  The fall finds us in the garden more; relaxing, playing, dining.  What better way to enhance these moments than with fragrance? As I travel down the herb garden path, the […]