Category Archive: Garden Profiles – Plants, Products, and People, Plus Art

Garden Talent: Herald Winter With Pine Knot Farm Hellebores

Posted by on August 24, 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 […]

The Secret Science Behind Successful Gardening

Posted by on July 25, 2014


Create a thriving, year-round garden with proper planning. By strategically planning your garden layout, you can combine growing areas for plants, flowers, herbs, vegetables, and even fruits that will flourish. This type of gardening, also called companion planting, has been used by different cultures around the world for centuries. By combining compatible plants in your garden, […]

CLOSED Troy-Bilt Chipper Shredder Giveaway Model 206-cc

Posted by on June 2, 2014

“I just have a half acre garden, I can’t justify buying my own chipper/shredder,” words spoken to my neighbor as I borrowed their Troy-Bilt chipper shredder for the 3rd time…this spring. Ok, I wasn’t counting, but apparantely he was. He was right, though, I have a lot of need for one, so shouldn’t I have […]

Plant Pick: Magnolia yuyuanensis from Michael Dirr

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 […]

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 […]