Posted by on September 10, 2014

If you find fall webworms in your trees — hickory, walnut, birch, cherry and crabapple, to name a few — pull them out and dump the caterpillars into a bucket of soapy water. This is a good control measure for those nests within reach. For those nests that aren’t within reach, you may have 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 […]

Partying With A Propagator: Building The Propagation Party House

Posted by on August 21, 2014

Party Prop House

My 2014/2015 growing season is all about propagating…my journey into sowing, cuttings, divisions, and turning the Love Shack at Helen’s Haven into the Propagation Party House. ~Helen Yoest   Greenhouses seem like the ultimate luxury, one that I never felt worthy of or that I could do justice. I’m still not convinced that I can […]

August garden maintenance for the southeast

Posted by on August 4, 2014


Harvest vegetable gardens as needed. Most of what you have growing in your vegetable garden are annuals. By August, they are looking a little wrung out. As plants end their production cycle, remove them from the garden; otherwise, they may attract insects and disease to the plants that are still productive. Deadhead flowers. Keep your […]

Garden Talent: Dahlias, Darlin’

Posted by on August 1, 2014

Ginger Snap Dahlia

Early each morning, as she begins her day, the view of Yellow Mountain greets Vivien Phillips of  Newland, North Carolina. When Vivien built her home in 1996, she carefully sited the footprint of her front door a little left of the mountain axis, so each day she would be reminded of her deep roots as […]