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Garden Bloggers Buffa10 – Will I see you there?

Plans are being made for Garden Bloggers meeting in Buffalo!  This going to be so much fun.  Will I see you there?

This will be my first Garden Bloggers meet-up.  I missed the first two and I don’t want to miss this one. Nearly 40 have said they will be there so far.  Check it out!

Buffa10 Bloggers Meet-Up, 2010;

Helen Yoest is a garden writer and coach through her business Gardening with Confidence™

Follow Helen on Twitter @HelenYoest and her facebook friend’s page, Helen Yoest or Gardening With Confidence™ Face Book Fan Page.

Helen also serves on the board of advisors for the JC Raulston Arboretum

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Raleigh’s Plant a Row for the Hungry – update

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Plant a Row for the Hungry – Community-wide Campaign Kickoff

July 28, 2009 – This report for Jason at the Raleigh Foot Shuttle, “The Plant A Row for the Hungry (PAR) program is doing great! Over 2000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables have been donated by local green thumbs so far. The Food Shuttle thanks everyone who is doing their part to fight hunger in the Greater Triangle. And it’s never too late to get started! Check out our PAR blog at plantarow.wordpress.com. Thanks again!”

Logan Trading Company, in partnership with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, is launching a Plant a Row for the Hungry (PAR) campaign to encourage all gardeners to grow a little extra produce to donate to the hungry and homeless.

interfaith_2color_revisedPAR is a national campaign begun by the Garden Writers Association in 1995. The first annual Raleigh PAR campaign will run from June 13 to September 26, 2009.  Food donations can be brought to Logan Trading Co. every Saturday from 9am-12noon or to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Monday – Friday 8AM-4PM.  Donations of seeds, gently used gardening tools, canned and dried foods are also welcome.

It may be hard to imagine, but the face of hunger in the Triangle isn’t just homeless people in our downtowns. It is the face of an elderly neighbor choosing between food and medication. It is the working parent who earns too much to qualify for food stamps so she goes without in order that her children are fed.  It is the middle class family dealing with job loss and relying on the local food pantry for donations.  Everyone can do something to help alleviate hunger in their community.  Donating as little as one pound of fresh produce – a few tomatoes or a couple of squash – can supplement up to four meals for a person in need.

Logan Trading Co. is an independent, family-owned garden center dedicated to fostering happy, healthy and beautiful communities.


giftcardContact: Leslie Logan

Tel: (919) 828-5337 or Cell Phone: (919) 418-2967

Email: leslieatlogans@gmail.com

Website: Logan Trading Company

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JC Raulston Arboretum Seaonal Celebrations – host a party in your home to help raise money for the JCRA!

The JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University

Seasonal Celebrations

Friends Hosting Friends!

Anytime in 2009

Hmmm, host a garden party and when your guests ask, “What can I bring” just tell  them to write a check to the JC Raulston Arboretum. What a great idea.  This can happen anywhere, anytime!

We started this last year and called it a Summer Solstice Celebration.  Problem was, how could we go to a party and have one at the same time?  Plus, there were others who wanted to open their garden in winter or spring or a holiday, or…you get the idea.

So, for 2009 we will host parties anytime!  You pick the date, we will all celebrate!  We will gather friends to host a party – many parties – across the state to celebrate the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University.  This celebration is to raise money for the Arboretum.

The party concept is the same, it can be any party of the host’s choosing – it could be for cocktails, tapas, pizza, or more…it could be burgers, chicken, fish, and so’ mores… it could be cloth napkins, silver, and china galore… your home, your garden, your style, your taste…you set the time, menu, décor and pace.

Each host will ask their friends for a donation to attend.  This set amount is up to the host.   These parties will be in cottage gardens, patio gardens, rose gardens, and future gardens – each venue unique to the friend hosting the event, thus each donation unique to those attending!  Invite your book club, garden club, neighbors, or choir!  Maybe even your doctor, dentist, or secret desire!  Delight with friends and host an event.

The JC Raulston Arboretum will provide invitations to the host.  The host underwrites the party receiving a gift-in-kind tax deduction.  The guest receives a tax deduction for their donation.  The money raised will go to the JC Raulston Master Plan.
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Call Anne Porter today to sign up to host a party at 919-513-3463 or e-mail her at Anne_Porter@ncsu.edu or Helen Yoest at Helen@GardeningWithConfidence.com

Helen's Haven hosted a Seasonal Celebration in 2008

Helen's Haven hosted a Seasonal Celebration in 2008

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Plant a row for the hungry – Raleigh, North Carolina

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Plant a Row for the Hungry – Community-wide Campaign Kickoff

Logan Trading Company, in partnership with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, is launching a Plant a Row for the Hungry (PAR) campaign to encourage all gardeners to grow a little extra produce to donate to the hungry and homeless. The PAR campaign will be announced at Logan’s on Friday June 12th at noon by Mayor Charles Meeker. The kickoff event will be on Saturday, June 13th from 10am – 5:30pm at Logan Trading Co., 707 Semart Drive in downtown Raleigh. It will include activities for children, talks on growing and harvesting fruits and vegetables, and special give-aways.

interfaith_2color_revisedPAR is a national campaign begun by the Garden Writers Association in 1995. The first annual Raleigh PAR campaign will run from June 13 to September 26, 2009.  Food donations can be brought to Logan Trading Co. every Saturday from 9am-12noon or to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Monday – Friday 8AM-4PM.  Donations of seeds, gently used gardening tools, canned and dried foods are also welcome.

It may be hard to imagine, but the face of hunger in the Triangle isn’t just homeless people in our downtowns. It is the face of an elderly neighbor choosing between food and medication. It is the working parent who earns too much to qualify for food stamps so she goes without in order that her children are fed.  It is the middle class family dealing with job loss and relying on the local food pantry for donations.  Everyone can do something to help alleviate hunger in their community.  Donating as little as one pound of fresh produce – a few tomatoes or a couple of squash – can supplement up to four meals for a person in need.

Logan Trading Co. is an independent, family-owned garden center dedicated to fostering happy, healthy and beautiful communities.


giftcardContact: Leslie Logan

Tel: (919) 828-5337 or Cell Phone: (919) 418-2967

Email: leslieatlogans@gmail.com

Website: Logan Trading Company

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Plant a row for the hungry – Raleigh, North Carolina

09 NEW PAR Logo smsmaller

Plant a Row for the Hungry – Community-wide Campaign Kickoff

Logan Trading Company, in partnership with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, is launching a Plant a Row for the Hungry (PAR) campaign to encourage all gardeners to grow a little extra produce to donate to the hungry and homeless. The PAR campaign will be announced at Logan’s on Friday June 12th at noon by Mayor Charles Meeker. The kickoff event will be on Saturday, June 13th from 10am – 5:30pm at Logan Trading Co., 707 Semart Drive in downtown Raleigh. It will include activities for children, talks on growing and harvesting fruits and vegetables, and special give-aways.

PAR is a national campaign begun by the Garden Writers Association in 1995. The first interfaith_2color_revisedannual Raleigh PAR campaign will run from June 13 to September 26, 2009.  Food donations can be brought to Logan Trading Co. every Saturday from 9am-12noon or to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Monday – Friday 8AM-4PM.  Donations of seeds, gently used gardening tools, canned and dried foods are also welcome.

It may be hard to imagine, but the face of hunger in the Triangle isn’t just homeless people in our downtowns. It is the face of an elderly neighbor choosing between food and medication. It is the working parent who earns too much to qualify for food stamps so she goes without in order that her children are fed.  It is the middle class family dealing with job loss and relying on the local food pantry for donations.  Everyone can do something to help alleviate hunger in their community.  Donating as little as one pound of fresh produce – a few tomatoes or a couple of squash – can supplement up to four meals for a person in need.

Logan Trading Co. is an independent, family-owned garden center dedicated to fostering happy, healthy and beautiful communities.


giftcardContact: Leslie Logan

Tel: (919) 828-5337 or Cell Phone: (919) 418-2967

Email: leslieatlogans@gmail.com

Website: Logan Trading Company

Helen Yoest

Gardening With Confidence

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Garden Art – The Larkspur Party

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The Larkspur Party

6401 Litchford Road

Raleigh, NC 27615-7520

Saturday and Sunday June 6th and 7th, 2009

Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and

Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

No early birds please

For more information, please visit Larkspur Party

or by calling

Frances Alvarino at 919-623-1458 or write her at Alvarino@larkspurparty.com

Please be patient for a reply, she is probably out in the garden.

Below is an updated version found in the Spring issue of Triangle Style Magazine, 2008.

The Larkspur Party

Beyond bunnies – accenting your garden with art!

As with everything in nature, the turn of one event is the signal of another.  When the Forsythias are blooming, we know that winter is breaking free; when the azaleas are blooming, we know spring has arrived.  And when the Larkspurs are blooming, we know a wonderful event will soon be upon us.

The Larkspur Party, now it is 14th year, will happen once again June 6th and 7th featuring 28 regional artists.  The artists’ work is spaced comfortably throughout the gardens of Frances Alvarino, the event organizer, artists and gardener, who opens her garden for all to enjoy.  Frances says, “The Larkspur Party is named after an especially beautiful flower in bloom, it is a chance for us to share the happiness our garden brings.  It also allows regional artist to display and sell their work.”

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Gardens are ever changing; plants will wax and wane through their cycle of growth and production.  Adding garden art as accents to the garden keeps the look constant even in the absence of foliage or flowers.  A great place to find garden art is at the Larkspur Party.  This is an annual event most gardeners and garden art enthusiasts anticipate.  Whether it is a comfortable stroll through the gardens, an opportunity to chat with the artists and admire their work, or even to take home a treasure, this event is a huge draw.  One quick stroll around will also tell you these artists are making garden art that is beyond concrete bunnies.

RonRaleighYoest 085cWalk a little more and you will meet Beth Jimenez & Amelia Lane with Lasting Impressions and their art creating concrete leaves in greens, reds, and yellows.  They also have planted containers made from this same material as well as planted containers made from hypertufa.  Be sure to ask them about the hypertufa classes they offer. Beth and Amelia definitely take their cues from nature.  All their concrete leaves are patterned from real plant leaves, such as Hostas, heart shaped Hoya Santa, giant Tetrapanax, Calla Lilies, and others.  They even offer a 10% discount to members of the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University.  Not a member?  Just ask and they will help you learn more.

Bill Wallace will also be there demonstrating his craft during the party.  Bill turns wood into bowls; most defiantly more than a mere bowl, but rather beautiful works of art.

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Before you actually see Lisa Oakley, a learned glassblower, you will probably she her art first as you look up to admire her artfully arranged fantastic glass balls and ornaments.  Then your eye will come down to reveal her work in vases, bowls, platters, as well as, necklaces, bracelets and earrings all made from furnace-pulled glass beads.

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What would a garden party be without plants for sale?  Eugene Warren will return selling a variety of perennials.  John Martin & Jeff Bottoms, who grow most of their plants from seed and by propagation, will also be there selling unusual plants so be sure to come early to get the best selection.  John and Jeff will have their garden open this year for the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days tour, also benefiting the JC Raulston Arboretum

You will also find porcelain ceramics, stoneware pottery, functional earthenware, and ceramic vessels.  There will be birdhouses, basketry, gourds and sculpture.  Deb Leonard’s who owns Wise Old Birds will once again grace the gardens.  Deb’s ‘Wise Old Birds’ are sculpted in stoneware clay and according to Deb, “The inspiration for these sculptures has come from my enjoyment of the fascination in watching the different birds that visit our yard.”  This wise of bird has several gracing her garden!  You will also find birdbaths, butterfly-puddling dishes, and potheads, err; you may need to come see these for yourself.

Karen Harris of Raleigh has attended the Larkspur Party for many years saying, “Every friend I’ve taken to the Larkspur Party has been excited about the uniqueness of the artwork and have asked to go back with me year after year.  I particularly like to see what new items Francis has created and always learn something from the way the artist’s work is displayed in the garden setting.  Overall, it’s just a fun place to be in June.”  You will be able to see how Karen displays her acquisitions when she and her husband Ted open their garden for the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Tour also benefiting the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University in September.

Tuck the accent in among the plants – garden art speaks best when whispering in the shadows of foliage and flowers.

Oh, and you will not miss the Larkspur.  These delightful purple, pink, and white reseeding annuals return each year just like the garden artists and their art… or at least we hope they will for many more years to come.

The Larkspur Party

6401 Litchford Road

Raleigh, NC 27615-7520

Saturday and Sunday June 7th and 8th, 2008

Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and

Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

No early birds please

For more information, please visit www.larkspurparty.com or by calling

Frances Alvarino at 919-623-1458 or write her at Alvarino@larkspurparty.com

Please be patient for a reply, she is probably out in the garden.

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Helen Yoest

Gardening With Confidence

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Gala in the Garden at the JC Raulston Arboretum

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This is a much anticipated event and a great way to spend an afternoon in the garden.

On Sunday, May 3, 2009 from 3 – 7, the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University will once again hold it’s annual Gala in the Garden

Enjoy music by the Southern String Band, gourmet hor d’ oeuvres including a special dessert reception and bid on a variety of unique plants and other special items in a silent auction

The proceeds from the event will benefit the JC Raulston Arboretum, a working research and teaching garden of North Carolina State University. Tickets are $60.00.

For more information, please visit JC Raulston Arboretum

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