Gardening from her 1/2 acre, wildlife habitat, Helen’s Haven, located in Raleigh, NC, many garden muses are born…
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.
Helen’s Haven is open to garden clubs, photographers, horticultural societies, and environmental groups for educational purposes. Just email me at email@example.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
Several blog posts
Upcoming features in:
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
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