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

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 […]

Collecting Glass Insulators — The Grumpy Gardener

Posted by on February 16, 2014

Glass insulator Grumpy Gardener

Southern Living’s Steve Bender likes to keep things simple. Franky, I was surprised to learn he even had a collection. When I think about Steve, known to his friends as His Excellency, the Grumpy Gardener, I think of a man who likes an effortless life. Steve is most happy with a beer and a ballgame (that would be […]

Garden Talent: Alicain Carlson

Posted by on January 28, 2014

Alicain Carlson and Andrea Gagnon at LynnVale Flower Farm

Going forward… These are the bright young minds going forward into the field of horticulture.  Meet Alicain Carlson. Alicain, thanks for sharing with Gardening with Confidence! And thank you for all you do! Please visit the profiles (on this blog) for other interviews of bright young minds.   Name: Alicain Carlson Age: 27 Occupation: Ph.D. […]