Category Archive: Garden Talent

Caladiums, an absolute favorite!

Posted by on October 29, 2014

'Rosemary' caladium, Classic Caladiums

Last spring, I had the good fortune to be sent a whole lotta caladium bulbs to trial from Classic Caladiums. Admittedly, I don’t typically plant annuals or bulbs that are treated as annuals. (Well, that’s not completely true; I’m a sucker for parrot tulips, but still…) A couple of years back, I was scouting a garden […]


Day 14 Patrick Dougherty at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC

Posted by on October 23, 2014

Day 14, October 22, 2014. Patrick said he fought they would be finished on Friday, October 24th.

          On Day 14, Patrick Dougherty’s stickwork has taken on his signature organic form. Still unnamed, many of us are trying to offer up some suggestions. If you have an idea of what to name this stickwork, please leave your suggestion in the  comment section of this post. The way I’m […]


Day 10: Patrick Dougherty at the North Carolina Botanical Garden Chapel Hill, NC

Posted by on October 17, 2014

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The still unnamed Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty has made progress in my absence.  I missed three days due to the rain, but it would appear work continued, at least part of that time.   The walls, ceiling, and windows are in place. The structure looks to complement the scale of the North Carolina Botanical Garden […]


Lawn and Garden Tool Review and #Giveway: Troy-Bilt JET Gas Leaf Blower

Posted by on October 16, 2014

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CLOSED Troy-Bilt JET Gas Leaf Blower Need this? Want to re-gift this? I won’t tell. Enter a chance to win a great prize during this #giveaway! A winner will be chosen at random, Friday, October 24th. Sharing this #giveaway over at #GardeningWithConfidence and @TroyBilt with @HelenYoest Click to Tweet! Recently, I received the new Troy-Bilt […]


Day 6: Patrick Dougherty at the North Carolina Botanical Garden

Posted by on October 13, 2014

Patrick Doughtery

Day 6: The scaffolding is in place. On a misty mid-morning visit, I was able to witness the progress from earlier in the morning. Not much happened Friday afternoon since Patrick Dougherty of Stickwork and his team didn’t work as Patrick attended his son’s college orientation. Day 6 appears to be the day the “weaving”  begins. […]


Day 5: Patrick Dougherty at the North Carolina Botanical Garden

Posted by on October 10, 2014

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It’s fascinating to watch the slow process of creating art. Patrick Dougherty is currently an artist-in-residence (though October 24, 2014) creating an outdoor sculpture of a one-of-a-kind installation at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. It takes Mr. Dougherty 3 weeks to install his signature Stickworks. @HelenYoest Click to Tweet! Working with local volunteers, the project began  with the […]


Garden Talent: Robert E. Lyons

Posted by on October 7, 2014

Bob Lyons

My friend, Bob Lyons, has retired after 33 years in horticulture. It was a career well-achieved. Congratulations, Bob! May you continue to have your hand in the soil and the spirit of wonder only gardening can bring…Helen Yoest Name: Robert E. Lyons Years of work in profession: 33 Occupation: Professor Emeritus of Horticulture and Former […]


Patrick Dougherty, artist-in-residence at North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC

Posted by on October 6, 2014

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        As excited as I am, I cannot imagine the rush Stickwork artist, Patrick Dougherty, must be feeling right now. Starting today, and continuing for the next 3 weeks, October 6-24, 2014, Patrick Dougherty will be the Artist-in-Residence at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. Mr. Dougherty is an outdoor sculpture creating […]


Cool Flowers Book Review

Posted by on September 26, 2014

Cool Flowers

There are times I do the goofiest things, like choosing to read a book based on its cover. Cool Flowers (2014 St. Lynn’s Press) piqued my interest because, well, I thought it was about cool flowers. So many flowers came to mind–cosmos, daffodils, orchids, even peach, plum, and flowers from a pear tree. Then I started to […]