Category Archive: Garden Inspiration

December Garden Inspiration

Posted by on December 15, 2017

First appeared in Fine Gardening. When I decided on a winter walk, it was at the point in the evening when dinner was done and sleep was still a ways away.  I topdressed with a goofy hat, gloves, and scarf for a journey down the garden path. The evening was amazingly quiet. Of course, I […]


How-to Make Woven Wattle Edging

Posted by on November 26, 2017

This story first appeared in Triangle Gardener ~Helen Yoest Most can not deny the charming appeal of woven English wattle edging; and do you know just how easy it is to make? The craft of wattling was brought to America by English settlers, and even today in Williamsburg, the basket-weave rustic charm of wattle is […]


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 […]