Friday, September 12, 2008 – A visit with Southern Living’s Steve Bender

Friday, September 12, 2008 – A visit from Southern Living Magazine 

Below is a photo of the JC Raulston Arboretum Master Plan Committee with Steve Bender, Southern Living magazine, senior garden editor

From left to right: Steve Bender, Beth Jimenez, Jeff Evans, Suzanne Edney (committee co-chair), Mark Weathington (Asst. Director and Curator of Collections) and Dr. Dennis (Denny) Werner (Director.) 

Volunteer Master Plan Committee members not pictured are Harriet Bellerjeau (committee co-chair), Robert L. Mackintosh and Matt Roberts.

Photo Credit: Helen Yoest

It is always exciting to have a major magazine visit our area gardens.  We get to show off the JC Raulston Arboretum, great gardens, local garden centers, the Farmer’s Market including Market Imports, local treasures like Phil Hathcock and Thomas Sayer, and have great garden hosts to welcome us into their homes for a nice meal and great conversation. 

It was no different with our recent visit from Steve Bender.  Steve is as funny in print as he is in person – in that self proclaimed “Grumpy Gardener” sort of way.  Check out his blog:; you’ll get the idea!

At the end of our 3 days together, we ended with a casual light dinner on my back porch.  Steve, my family and some of the JCRA “family” came for a nice end to a fun week.  I must admit, I was exhausted when I took Steve to the airport, but would do it all again next week if the opportunity presented itself.  Here’s to another visit, another time.  Everyone is welcome!

Helen Yoest with Steve Bender

Photo Credit: David Philbrook

Helen Yoest (Philbrook)


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