P. Allen Smith, the fresh face of the South

Posted by on June 14, 2012

Allen Smith's Energy Conservation

Days of old have gone with the wind and have been replaced with a refreshing breeze and a fresh face making the South proud.  P. Allen Smith is the new face of the South–one that appeals across the nation. The man has good manners, excellent style, and impeccable taste. He is friendly, real, and puts […]

Moss Mountain Farm, the Garden Home of P. Allen Smith

Posted by on September 14, 2011

Looking out from the second floor screened porch at Moss Mountain Farm, the Garden Home of P. Allen Smith, centered me in my understanding of the need to blur the lines between my home and garden. Although rainy and misty, my visit to Moss Mountain Farm was memorable beyond inclement weather. Located 20 minutes outside […]

Garden Home Retreat at Moss Mountain Farm with P. Allen Smith

Posted by on May 2, 2011

With so many of the garden media channels —  magazines and TV, putting garden as second billing, such as House and Garden, Home and Garden TV (HGTV), it’s refreshing witnessing someone willing to step outside the boxwood, combining the words, garden and home.  P. Allen Smith has blended the  blurred lines of life, simply calling his […]

Garden talent: Sarah Leach Smith

Posted by on December 3, 2013

Sarah Leach Smith

Going forward… These are the bright young minds going forward into the field of horticulture. Meet Sarah Leach Smith. Sarah, thanks for sharing with Gardening with Confidence! And thank you for all you do! Please visit the Gardeners going forward category (on this blog) for other interviews of bright young minds. Name: Sarah Leach Smith […]

Plants With Benefits: An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, & Veggies in Your Garden

Posted by on August 22, 2013

Plants with Benefits, Ken Gergle Photographer

Featured in the New York Times… Are some plants aphrodisiacs, or is that just a myth? Garden expert and plant detective Helen Yoest takes us on a romp through history, lore and ethnobotany to find out how 45 of these plants got their “hot” reputation – and what modern science has to say about it. […]

Gardening with Confidence® — 50 Ways to add style for personal creativity

Posted by on September 17, 2012


Gardening with Confidence® — 50 ways to add style for personal creativity is designed to give you insight on the basics of adding and arranging the components of your garden. The confidence you’ll gain in knowing how to add design features, while developing your own personal style, will help take your garden to the levels seen in the fantastic gardens that inspired you to begin your own work of art.


Planking New York City

Posted by on October 19, 2011

Click here to see my piece in P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home™ Blog             Siting here, now, at my Mac, it’s fuzzy how it came that I would plank my way through New York City.  But, alas, I did. Approval of my actions came from  my three children’s giggles and […]

Garden Talent: Herald Winter With Pine Knot Farm Hellebores

Posted by on December 8, 2014

Hellebore book

Before the wisteria blooms and daffodils begin their spring-time dance, and before the tulips turn your head, hellebores will begin a celebration in the garden as the harbinger of late winter. Nestled in a woodland setting in Clarksville, VA, near the North Carolina border, is Pine Knot Farms, a 60-acre parcel, with 5 acres as […]