Category Archive: Garden Talent

Plant Pick: Magnolia yuyuanensis from

Posted by on April 17, 2014

Dr. Dirr & Helen Yoest

Common Name: Chinese wood-lotus Botanical Name: Magnolia yuyuanensis Color: Purplish red seedpods; medium green leaves Type: Evergreen magnolia tree Size: Not sure Sun: Full sun to part shade Soil: Not sure, but probably well-drained. I have it in a well-drained to moisture holding location pH: Acidic Water: Not sure. I gave it no supplemental water in […]


Garden Talent: Noelle Johnson

Posted by on April 10, 2014

Noelle Johnson Az Plant Lady

Name: Noelle Johnson Age: 48 Occupation: Horticulturist, landscape consultant & designer, freelance writer Place of Employment: Self-employed Where you went to college: Westmont College, Arizona State University What is your earliest garden memory?  As a child in Southern California, my dad created raised bed for me where I could plant whatever I wanted.  I remember excitedly thumbing […]


Chihuly Glass

Posted by on April 3, 2014

Dale Chihuly Franklin Park Conservatory Gardening With Confidence®

When I first visited a public garden with glass by Dale Chihuly*, I knew the name and reputation of the artist known simply as Chihuly. Traveling to Ohio for a press meeting with a national business based on Columbus, we, of course, visited local gardens, since we are in the business of gardening. So even […]


Garden Talent: Kellie Cox-Brady

Posted by on March 27, 2014

kellie cox brady

Going forward… These are the bright young minds going forward into the field of horticulture. Meet Kellie Cox-Brady. Kellie thanks for sharing with Gardening with Confidence! And thank you for all you do! Please visit the Garden Talent  category (on this blog) for other interviews of bright young minds.     Name: Kellie Cox-Brady Age: […]


Slow Flowers: Bells & Whistles @ The Flower Field

Posted by on March 17, 2014

The Flower Field, Slow Floewrs

Are you planning a destination wedding? Be sure to consider the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and get in touch with Dorothy at Bells & Whistles @ The Flower Field to enhance your wedding experience.  Helen Yoest Click to Tweet!   Growing up surrounded by fields of daffodils might seem like a fantasy, but for […]


Garden Talent: Deb Wiles

Posted by on March 13, 2014

Deb Wiles

  Meet Deb Wiles. Deb, thanks for sharing with Gardening with Confidence! And thank you for all you do! Please visit the Gardeners going forward category (on this blog) for other interviews of bright young minds.   Name: Deb Wiles Age: 45 on the outside, 25 on the inside Occupation: Director of Horticulture, Garden Historian […]


Garden Talent: Jessica Walliser

Posted by on February 27, 2014

Jessica Walliser

Name: Jessica Walliser Age: 42 Occupation: Horticulturist, freelance writer Place of Employment: self-employed Where you went to college: Pennsylvania State University       What is your earliest garden memory? My mother had a beautiful vegetable garden in our backyard. I remember watching her turn over the soil with a round-point shovel every spring and […]


Garden Talent: Kaveh Maguire

Posted by on February 20, 2014

selfie coast

Name: Kaveh Maguire Years of work in profession: 3 Occupation: Garden Designer Current Place of Employment: I own my own business but right now I only design for Gardens by Gabriel which is owned by a friend and classmate of mine. What is your earliest garden memory?  I think when I was about 7 or […]


Collecting Glass Insulators — The Grumpy Gardener

Posted by on February 16, 2014

Glass insulator Grumpy Gardener

Southern Living’s Steve Bender likes to keep things simple. Franky, I was surprised to learn he even had a collection. When I think about Steve, known to his friends as His Excellency, the Grumpy Gardener, I think of a man who likes an effortless life. Steve is most happy with a beer and a ballgame (that would be […]