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Garden Talent: Robert E. Lyons

Posted by on December 18, 2014

Bob Lyons

My friend, Bob Lyons, has retired after 33 years in horticulture. It was a career well-achieved. Congratulations, Bob! May you continue to have your hand in the soil and the spirit of wonder only gardening can bring…Helen Yoest Name: Robert E. Lyons Years of work in profession: 33 Occupation: Professor Emeritus of Horticulture and Former […]


Plants With Benefits: Creamy Avocado Pasta Sauce

Posted by on December 9, 2014

Plants With Benefits avacodos

Avocados are an aphrodisiac, so yes, they were a chapter in my newest book, Plants with Benefits. Avocado is a must have plant…with benefits! My book has me exploring ways to cook with benefit plants–an excuse to play around in the kitchen. I love avocado. I love pasta (and so do the kids.) So why not […]


Garden Talent: Herald Winter With Pine Knot Farm Hellebores

Posted by on December 8, 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 Overachiever Gardener’s Dream–Cheddar

Posted by on December 2, 2014

Over achiever gardener's dream state

  Dream 1 – Cheddar The back story… In my own way, I’m an overachiever but when compared to other overachievers, I’m merely above average, especially when compared against Cheddar. Cheddar and I have been friends for about five years. I’ve seen her work in landscape designs she did, and I’ve written stories about her […]