Category Archive: Travel

Troy-Bilt & Savannah Area Council of Garden Clubs

Posted by on April 27, 2017

In the early morning hours of October 8, 2016, Hurricane Matthew touched land in South Carolina. Throughout the state there was a lot damage, including the Children’s Garden on the southern edge of the ten acre Savannah Botanical garden. The dedication of the Children’s Garden  was only three year’s earlier, and it quickly took off  as […]

Raleigh City Farm

Posted by on April 21, 2016

Over the last four years, I’ve been watching the Raleigh City Farm grow. In the downtown area of Raleigh, the Farm is located on 800 N. Blount Street. Having lived in the Historic Oakwood community for 10 years (from 1988-1998), I watched this area change. A lot. I never imagined it would be what it […]

Raleigh Area Gardens

Posted by on February 8, 2016

A Love Triangle, Plus 1 The Triangle is a horticultural hot bed. We have weather to garden year round, the plant selections to make the new gardener happy, as well as the plant nerd excited. We also have world-class arboretum to provide inspiration and present suggestions as to what can grow in our area. Visitors […] Dutch Wave Tour: Hermannshof

Posted by on February 2, 2016

There are quite a few of us naturalist gardeners who appreciate love enjoy revere a matrix style of garden design; and in my humble opinion, no one does that better than Piet Oudolf. There are others who have successfully spread his style, but when given the opportunity to visit the garden of Hummel and other gardens […]


Posted by on January 9, 2016

In November of 2015, I had the good fortune to travel with the JC Raulston Arboretum to Cuba. Not knowing what to expect, I went with my eyes wide open. We traveled during the first year of cultural enlightening, Our cultural guise was for reasons of horticulture; thus, the primary focus of our visit was […]

A Visit to Piet Oudolf’s garden in Hummelo

Posted by on September 27, 2015

Several friends on our tour asked if I started a piece on Piet Oudolf. No, I replied, “I’ve written other several stories during the trip, but I’m waiting to do a story about Hummelo when I have a chance to savor the piece.” At this moment, I’m in seat 27D, on my return American Airlines […]

Ward Island and the post-apocalypse

Posted by on June 15, 2015

Staring out my kitchen window, I had that strange thought once again. It has happened to me more times than I care to remember. There is something comforting about it., though. I would survive and so would my garden. Survive what, you ask? The apocalypse, of course. If the apocalypse came, my perennials would return, […]

I’ve Been A Traveling Fool…

Posted by on April 12, 2015

I’ve been a traveling fool. The book tour for Plants with Benefits doesn’t seem to want to end…but that’s a good thing. Friday at noon, I spoke to full house at the US Botanical Garden. It was such an honor. My sister-in-law Charmaine Yoest and my niece, Gibby Yoest were there to cheer me one. […]

Naples Botanical Garden — Gardens with Latitude!

Posted by on January 9, 2015

    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 […]