About Helen’s Haven

Posted by on August 4, 2010

Helen's Haven, Gardening with Confidence ® Helen Yoest
Gardening from her 1/2 acre, wildlife habitat, Helen’s Haven, located in Raleigh, NC, many garden muses are born…


Sustainable Raleigh

2015 City of Raleigh Environmental Award

The drought of 2007 had Helen Yoest rethinking her garden design. Although always organic, Helen wanted her garden, which she calls Helen’s Haven, to be fully sustainable—a garden that was beautiful but one that could also sustain itself with minimal intervention. Using water-wise design principles and being pesticide free, Helen’s garden is a wildlife habitat featuring native host and nectar plants for the butterflies, nectar and pollen flowers for the bees, and fruit and berries for the birds.
Helen’s Haven is a sustainable, wildlife habitat, created to attract and feed birds, bees, butterflies and for the enjoyment of friends, family, and visitors to educate, enjoy, and to understand we are the earth’s caretakers, so let’s take care.



National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Habitat, #58675
Monarch Watch Certificate of Appreciation, #02444
NABA Certified Butterfly Garden, #348
NWF Bird Friendly Habitat, #121,572
North Carolina Native Plant Society, #29

I took the pledge at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation to Bring Back the Pollinators.

Firefly Watch

Helen’s Haven is open to garden clubs, photographers, horticultural societies, and environmental groups for educational purposes.  Just email me at helen@gardeningwithconfidence.com to set up a visit.

2014 First annual #Hothorties in Helen’s Haven event.

2013 Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Fall Tour

2013 JC Raulston Arboretum Volunteers Spring Tour

2012 Raleigh Newcomer’s Group

2011 JC Raulston Arboretum Volunteers Fall Tour

2010 JC Raulston Arboretum Volunteers Fall Tour

2010 Sarah P. Duke Gardens Private Tour

2010 Raleigh Little Theatre’s Big Garden Tour – Private VIP tour


2009 Garden Conservancy’s Open Days tour

2009 Garden Writers Association

2009 Junior 4-H Club

2008 Volunteers of the JC Raulston Arboretum Tour

2007 Volunteers of the JC Raulston Arboretum Tour

2006 Garden Conservancy’s Open Days tour

2006 Raleigh Garden Club, horticultural group tour.


Feature story in the News & Observer, October 25, 2014 on gardening for wildlife year round.

A tiny mention in Forbes.com 

Steve Bender, Southern Living Magazine

Erica Glasener’s Garden Design

News Observer

Several blog posts


Metro Magazine

Triangle Gardener

Pam Penick’s blog, Digging

Entwined Life

Upcoming features in:
Carolina Gardener

2009 Photographed for Meredith Corporation (Better Homes and Gardens, Country Gardens)

Here is a little spotlight of Helen’s Haven on My Carolina Today NBC – 17 show. We talk about creating a wildlife habitat in the backyard. I hope the National Wildlife Federation will forgive me for saying to wrong address to their great organization. It is NWF.org


Writing a Garden’s Mission Statement and Creating a Garden Name