Category Archive: Garden Inspiration

October Inspiration: Fall for Fragrance

Posted by on October 5, 2017

The air of October is filled with fragrance.  Off in a distance and next to the deck, designing with fall fragrance completes a fine design.  The fall finds us in the garden more; relaxing, playing, dining.  What better way to enhance these moments than with fragrance? As I travel down the herb garden path, the […]


September Garden Inspiration

Posted by on September 5, 2017

September delights.  With the dog days of summer behind us, September opens with cooler air and less humidity, creating a fresh scent and a sense of excitement.  The source of this excitement may be for no reason other than it is bearable to be outside once again.   Indeed, September, and throughout the fall, is […]


July Garden Inspiration

Posted by on July 2, 2017

My sister-in-law, Charmaine Yoest,  visited recently, and with the lovely moment of her near to my hand, her words of praise gladdened my heart. “What changed…and what did you do…how long has it been since I was here last?” The garden has grown. Even I noticed it this year; after visualizing her Helen’s Haven for nearly […]


June Inspiration

Posted by on June 5, 2017

I made it through May, the season of green. That sounds strange, even for me. The weather was some of the best I’ve experienced in my 26 years living in Raleigh, North Carolina; and in all those years, Helen’s Haven remains green. Each year, I strive to improve on a collection or a season, yet […]


May inspiration–Green Season

Posted by on May 1, 2017

  My May seems to be a month of greens–emerging greens, glad greens, gorgeous greens, gold greens. Green becomes the background for summer sizzle. Before the greens arrived, spring was a burst of color with intrepid yellows, stunning fuchsias, plucky purples. If spring is the place from which all her emotions poured (The Fountainhead by […]


April Inspiration

Posted by on April 1, 2017

With a fast start after a warm winter, the birds are scratching, singing, and suggesting I pay attention. I am. There’s a feeling of joy. They feel spring; as do I. The temperatures may not say spring, but the songs do. In my garden, Helen’s Haven, everything is two to three weeks behind. What already […]


March inspiration

Posted by on March 4, 2017

Surprise awaits within the month of March. As the Earth transitions from winter to spring, March can be unstable. Like an adolescent, March has mood swings–wild winds followed by steely calm; widely fluctuating day and evening air temperatures, and flowers blooming in barren soil. March also brings birthday wishes for me. My mind welcomed the […]


February Inspiration

Posted by on February 1, 2017

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 […]


#Foraging in Cute Shoes: Mayapple, Podophyllum peltatum

Posted by on May 31, 2016

My most recent book, Good Berry Bad Berry–Finding and Identifying the Most Common Wild Berries of North America features GOOD BERRIES–those that are edible, BAD BERRIES–those that are poisonous, and GOOD BERRY BAD IDEA–featuring edible berries but ones that need certain precautions. Here’s an example: GOOD BERRY/BAD IDEA MAYAPPLE Podophyllum peltatum Plant Type: Herbaceous rhizomatous perennial. […]