Helen Yoest is a curious gardener – curious about plants, soil, design, and how others use these to create their gardens at home. She is also curious about what plants do for us today in the here and now, but also about their history and lore. Plants have a colorful past.
Helen Yoest at her Raleigh, N.C., home. Jeremy M. Lange for The New York Times
As an award winning freelance writer and garden stylist, Helen has traveled the world visiting public and private gardens so she can step into the dream that was once just an imagination. Her work has appeared in Country Gardens, Better Homes and Gardens, Southern Living, Martha Stewart Living, Carolina Gardener, and many others, including her work as the national gardening expert for Answers.com. Helen is also the author of Plants With Benefits: An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, & Veggies in Your Garden (2014, St. Lynn’s Press) and Gardening with Confidence, 50 Ways to Add Style for Personal Creativity (2012, GWC Press).
Helen curates garden art, serves on the board of the JC Raulston Arboretum, is past Regional Representative of the Garden Conservancy Open Days tour and opens her garden annually, and is an honorary member of Pi Alpha Xi, the national honor society for floriculture, landscape horticulture and ornamental horticulture. Helen lives in Raleigh, N.C., tending to her half-acre wildlife habitat, her husband, and their three beautiful children.
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.
Honors and Awards
- 2012 Honorary member Pi Alpha Xi
- 2012 Garden Writers Association Silver award
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.