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

Day 10: Patrick Dougherty 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 Dougherty 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


  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 Dougherty 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 Dougherty 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 Dougherty 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 […]

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 […]

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, […]