Sunday, September 20, 2009 Puttering In Helen’s Haven

The week was a blur.  Anything needing to be done, got done including teaching my son to mow the lawn.  He was ready, so was I.  I still have to stay with him while he mows, but that’s OK, he’s doing a fine job.

Aster mowing the lawn for the first time
Aster mowing the lawn for the first time

Thursday/Friday,  photographer Virginia Weiler was here to shoot Helen’s Haven for Nature’s Garden magazine.  It was good to see and work with Ginny again.  It had been a year since we worked together.

Photographer Ginny Weiler shooting Helen's Haven

Photographer Ginny Weiler shooting Helen's Haven

Saturday/Sunday was the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days tour, also benefiting the JC Raulston Arboretum.  We had 6 great gardens open this year.  Not only was it fun meeting new people and chatting leisurely in the garden, we also raised money for two worthy causes.  It was, once again, a huge success.

I meant to take photos during the tour on Saturday, but got busy chatting with the visitors.  These visitors included my blogging buddy Freda Cameron.  Here is Cameron’s story on her visit.

Several other friends came through to see the gardens and to support the Garden Conservancy and the JC Raulston Arboretum.  I was good to see everyone, especially kk who came up from the coast to see the gardens.

Helen’s Haven was also featured on Shawna Coronado’s blog The Casual Gardener

Helen Yoest
Gardening With Confidence



  1. Les said

    Helen, make sure you enjoy this special time when a boy become a young man – and willingly cuts the grass for you. Right now he likely enjoys the task and looks forward to doing it again, but ihere may come a time when you will have to beg, plead and threaten to get him to do it.

    I glad it sounds like your tour went well. If the weather was like it was here, it was nicely fall-like.

  2. meghan said

    hey helen! it was so nice to meet you yesterday. you garden is lovely!! can’t wait to get those castor bean seeds going. 🙂

  3. Janet said

    Sounds like the open garden day was a success. So glad that Freda was able to come by and visit. Your garden looks quite lovely.

  4. tina said

    I read Cameron’s post and enjoyed it very much. Now you need to go see her garden-you’ll have fun. I will for sure buy that magazine when your garden is in it-let me know. Say hi to the kids for us.

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  6. Hi Helen, I also read Cameron’s story and think you have done an amazing job with young ones and balls bouncing about. The boxwood hedge idea is brilliant and looks fabulous. Good deal for a good cause too. 🙂

  7. Thanks, Les, the tour is over and went very well. The weather co-operated.

    You never know, I started mowing lawns at 8 and NEVER stopped. Anything to keep me out of the kitchen. lol. H.

  8. Hey Meghan, So good to meet you too. Here’s a tip on the Castor beans. Toss in place half now and the other half in the spring…just in case.


  9. Hey Janet,

    Sure sounds like you had a good time visiting Les. I love this interaction. I need to make it your way soon. H.

  10. Thanks Tina, During the tour with Cameron, I PROUDLY showed her my “Helen’s Haven” marker you made for you. You have no idea what it means to me. Thank you! H.

  11. Hey Frances, Thanks for stopping by. This garden is as much as theirs as it is mine. A family came by today on tour with 2 small boys. The parents were so happy to learn their kids could do nothing wrong in the garden. I encouraged them to swing, run, jump, play, enjoy. That is how a garden should be enjoyed. H.

  12. kk said

    Well Helen,
    The opendays tour was everything you said it would be.You delivered on your promise of A+ gardens and gardeners. Thanks for sharing and making me feel welcome.

  13. John said

    Hey Helen – I didn’t make it to your garden this year but I did see most of the others. As always it was way fun and very inspirational. Thanks for putting Raleigh on the map with this and thanks for the pat on the back over on Garden Rant. I’ll see you later in the week. _ John

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