About Helen Yoest — Plus, Presentation, & Workshops

Posted by on May 28, 2010

Helen Yoest is a frequent speaker for botanicals garden, horticultural societies, Master Gardener groups, as well as garden clubs. SpeakingHelen is also a regular radio and television guest, and is Director of Bee Better Inc., a North Carolina non-profit helping homeowners to build better backyards for birds, bees, and butterflies.

She lectures coast-to-coast mainly on her book topics: Plants With Benefits: An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, & Veggies in Your Garden (2014, St. Lynn’s Press),  Gardening With Confidence: 50 Ways to add style for personal creativity (2012 GWC Press), and now with her latest release, Good Berry Bad BerryWho’s Edible, Who’s Not, & How to tell the difference (2016 St. Lynn’s Press).

Within NC, Helen lectures on how to create a Bee Better garden.



— Helen’s illustrated slide presentations are generally 45 minutes long, but can be scaled up or down to suit your group’s needs.

— Helen has also crafted workshops for Building an Urban Wildlife Habitat (four parts, two-hours each part), Sustainable Gardening (one part, two-hours long), and Gardening in our Golden Years (one part, two-hours long), held at the JC Raulston Arboretum. Contact Helen for pricing to offer these workshops at your venue.


— North Carolina within 100 miles from Raleigh: $600, plus mileage

— North Carolina beyond 100 miles from Raleigh: $850.00, plus travel, lodging, and per diem

— Other venues requiring air travel from Raleigh: $1,800, plus travel, lodging, and per diem.

— Adding a 2nd presentation on the same travel time: $500, plus additional travel, lodging, and per diem.


To book a presentation:
Please contact: HelenYoest@gmail.com

Helen Yoest at her Raleigh, N.C., home. Jeremy M. Lange for The New York Times

BIO Helen Yoest is a curious gardener–curious about pollinators, plants, soil, design, and how others use these to create their gardens at home.

As an award winning freelance journalists, Helen has traveled the world visiting public and private gardens so she can step into the dream that was once just someone’s imagination. Her work has appeared in Country Gardens, Better Homes and Gardens, Southern Living, Martha Stewart Living, and many others, including her work as the national gardening expert for Answers.com.

Helen is the author of Plants With Benefits: An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, & Veggies in Your Garden (2014, St. Lynn’s Press), Gardening with Confidence, 50 Ways to Add Style for Personal Creativity (2012, GWC Press), and Good Berry Bad Berry–Who’s Toxic, Who’s Not, & How to Tell The Difference

Helen lives in Raleigh, N.C., tending to her half-acre wildlife habitat, and can often be found foraging around Raleigh.

Visit Helen at her popular blog, Gardening With Confidence, Find Helen on Facebook, too.


Helen YoestHonors and Awards

    • Honorary member Pi Alpha Xi
    • Won the City of Raleigh Sustainability award
    • Southern Living magazine, blogger to watch
    • Garden Writers Association award
    • Past board member, JC Raulston Arboretum
    • Past Regional Representative of the Garden Conservancy Open Days tour.

Contributor to the following books: Lawn Gone! by Pam Penick, Groundbreaking Food Gardens by Niki Jabbour, and  Deep Roooted Wisdom: Stories and Skills from Generations of Gardeners by Jenks Farmer.

B.S. Environmental Science and Engineering, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
M.S. Environmental Science and Engineering, Brunell University, London, England

Helen’s Haven is a certified Wildlife Habitat, Bird Habitat, and Monarch Watch Station, as well as NC certified native habitat.