Category Archive: Garden Talent

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

Posted by on October 17, 2014

Patrick Doughtery North Carolina Botanical Garden

The still unnamed Stickwork by Patrick Doughtery 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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  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 Doughtery 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 Doughtery 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 Doughtery 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 […]


Goodbye summer…

Posted by on September 1, 2014

Ginger Snap Dahlia

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 […]


Garden Talent: Herald Winter With Pine Knot Farm Hellebores

Posted by on August 24, 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 […]