Category Archive: Garden Talent

Fiskars and Harlem Grown

Posted by on September 15, 2016

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      Fiskars Orange Thumb Project is near and dear to my heart.You may remember when I worked with the fantastic Fiskars Project Orange Team to help select this year’s grant recipients. From there, we had the honor of choosing one grant winner to follow through their summer season. I choose Harlem Grown. The […]


Gardening With Confidence: Reaping the Benefits of Gardening

Posted by on September 3, 2015

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There’s a good reason we spend hours pruning, digging and hauling that petrol lawn mower around the garden. For many it’s a therapeutic hobby. For others it’s a tedious chore. People often underestimate the wellness and the benefits you can gain from gardening, especially when you have the right tools such as those from Tesco. […]


Garden Talent: Royal Floral Designer Visits Raleigh

Posted by on March 11, 2015

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Interview with Shane Connolly by Helen Yoest for Triangle Gardener magazine. Triangle Gardener magazine is a sponsor for the event. In March, Shane Connolly, floral designer for the Royal family, will be apart of the North Carolina Museum of Art, Festival of Art and Flowers event. If you are unable to attend, and are interesting […]


Garden Talent: James McGrath

Posted by on January 30, 2015

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Name: James McGrath Age: 38 Occupation: Freelance Gardener and artist Where you went to college: Originally I was drawn to study Fine Arts at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York city and a then a few years later I became a student of the Longwood Gardens Professional Gardener Training Program. What is your […]


Garden Talent: Robert E. Lyons

Posted by on December 18, 2014

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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 […]


Garden Talent: Herald Winter With Pine Knot Farm Hellebores

Posted by on December 8, 2014

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Before the wisteria blooms and daffodils begin their spring-time dance, and before the tulips turn your head, hellebores will begin a celebration in the garden as the harbinger of late winter. Nestled in a woodland setting in Clarksville, VA, near the North Carolina border, is Pine Knot Farms, a 60-acre parcel, with 5 acres as […]


Garden Talent: Rebecca Turk

Posted by on December 1, 2014

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Name: Rebecca Turk Age: 25 Occupation: Education and Events Coordinator Place of Employment: Moore Farms Botanical Garden in Lake City, South Carolina Where you went to college: Bachelors of Science in Agriculture (BSAG) in Horticulture from Stephen F. Austin State University. Masters of Science in Horticulture from North Carolina State University What is your earliest gardening memory? […]


Moo Poo Tea

Posted by on November 15, 2014

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Are you looking for the perfect stocking stuffers or a gardening gift for yourself? Moo Poo Tea is the organic choice for fertilizing your houseplants, roses, and wherever else a soil boost is needed. Annie Haven has been a dear friend of mine for several years. I got to know her from the sidelines watching her […]


Goodbye summer…

Posted by on September 1, 2014

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There is always a sense of sadness as the sun sets on Labor Day weekend, even though it is just a date on the calendar. Summer is still an idyllic time for me, one that takes me back to my childhood in Norfolk, Virginia where I roamed the field across the street that lead to […]