Category Archive: Garden Talent

BOOK REVIEW: Plant Whatever Brings You Joy

Posted by on January 17, 2015

Plant Whatever Brings You Job

Like-minded thinkers tend to gravitate everywhere in life; we have a gift for finding each other in coffee shops, similar markets and meetings, the same concerts or museum exhibits,  and garden and book clubs. During the past eight years, my life experiences have expanded an infinite fold through the internet. One of those wonderful people […]


Naples Botanical Garden — Gardens with Latitude!

Posted by on January 9, 2015

Naples Orchid

    Gardens with Latitude–the 26th parallel south latitude to be exact. The 26th parallel south latitude is a circle of latitude that is 26 degrees south of the Earth’s equatorial plane. It crosses the Atlantic Ocean, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Australasia, the Pacific Ocean and South America. I would be remiss in saying that […]


Conifer Collection at Helen’s Haven

Posted by on January 5, 2015

Gold Coin

Some might think having 53 different conifers wouldn’t be considered a fledgling collection, particularly when I have multiples of some. Yet, it is.  As part of my annual I’m gonnas, I stated that I will continue to grow Helen’s Haven‘s conifer collection. Why now? I’ve been living this garden for 17 years. It sure seems like I […]


2015 New Year’s Day — My Annual I’m Gonnas

Posted by on January 1, 2015

Helen Yoest

I’m gonna write my third book. I’m honored to be writing another book for St. Lynn’s Press. Due out in January 2016. I can’t mention the subject yet…sorry. I’m gonna gather lists for a fourth book I hope to write in the future. I’m gonna take photos for a fifth book I hope to write […]


The Garden of Denny and Georgina Werner

Posted by on December 19, 2014

Denny Werner's Gardem

With drifts of purple coneflower, spikes of orange Canna, and the spilling of yellow coreopsis morphing the straight edge of the border, a garden is formed. And not just any garden, but the garden of Dr. Dennis (Denny) Werner, plant breeder North Carolina State University, in Raleigh, NC. Since 1988, with the support of his […]


Garden Talent: Robert E. Lyons

Posted by on December 18, 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 […]


Garden Talent: Herald Winter With Pine Knot Farm Hellebores

Posted by on December 8, 2014

Hellebore book

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 […]