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The Butterfly Project–Fritillaries

Posted by on February 12, 2016

Variegated Fritillaries Open wing

I get jealous; I’m only human. When I visit my good buddy, John Buettner’s garden, I leave green with envy. For as long as I’ve been gardening in Raleigh, I’ve tried to attract a Fritillary. I’m not picky, it could be a Great Spangled, Gulf, or Variegated. Helen’s Haven has plenty of nectar plants to […]

Helen’s Haven Wildlife Pond

Posted by on February 10, 2016

Helen's Haven wildlife pond

My garden, a wildlife habitat I call Helen’s Haven, is located in a suburban area of a traditional neighborhood. Helen’s Haven has water sources throughout the garden because water is an important factor in attracting and sustaining wildlife. Several years ago when I put in the fountain with a large reservoir, frogs arrived almost instantly. I wanted more; I wanted frogs and other amphibians in the back garden as well.

North Carolina Soil Test

Posted by on February 10, 2016

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During the winter is a good time to gather samples of soil for testing. Soil sampling results are an easy way to decode your soil’s components, or more importantly, what your soil is lacking. It’s not something that is needed annually, every two to three years is fine. And, in North Carolina, it’s free. A […]

Raleigh Area Gardens

Posted by on February 8, 2016

Tony Avent at Juniper Botanic Garden

A Love Triangle, Plus 1 The Triangle is a horticultural hot bed. We have weather to garden year round, the plant selections to make the new gardener happy, as well as the plant nerd excited. We also have world-class arboretum to provide inspiration and present suggestions as to what can grow in our area. Visitors […]

#Giveaway: Good Berry Bad Berry & Goji Plant from Nature Hills Nursery

Posted by on February 3, 2016

Nature Hills Goji Berry

  As you may have read in an earlier post, my newest book, Good Berry Bad Berry Who’s Toxic, Who’s Not and How to tell the difference is out!! I’m trilled to announce that my good friends over at Nature Hills Nursery is hosting a #Giveaway of my book PLUS a Good Berry plant, the Goji Berry! Click through here […]

February Garden Maintenance For the Southeast

Posted by on February 3, 2016

Helen Yoest fire garden

Before the gardening season kicks into full gear, evaluate your landscape with regard to sustainability. Are you doing all that you can to reduce water, pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer use? Are you  composting? Are you harvesting rainwater ? Are you planting the right plant in the right place? Do you mulch? Let this be the year you consider […] Dutch Wave Tour: Hermannshof

Posted by on February 2, 2016


There are quite a few of us naturalist gardeners who appreciate love enjoy revere a matrix style of garden design; and in my humble opinion, no one does that better than Piet Oudolf. There are others who have successfully spread his style, but when given the opportunity to visit the garden of Hummel and other gardens […]

February Inspiration

Posted by on February 1, 2016

Helen's Haven Plants With Benefits Gardening With Confidence® Helen Yoest

Lengthened daylight hours and shortened shadows are noticeable as February approaches. A winter-weary mood is elevated as light lifts the spirit. Holding onto the winter can bring great joy when we’re reminded, every season has its reason. February, cold and cruel to some, is hope to others. After all, February touches March, the month of […]