Helen’s Haven Opened for 2009 Garden Writers Association Private Garden Tour

2009 marked the first year the Garden Writers Association held their annual conference in Raleigh, NC.  The conference utilized the new Convention Center in downtown Raleigh, where more than 600 garden writers from across the country and Canada enjoyed our southern hospitality, food, farmer’s market, arboretum and botanical gardens, and of course, the private gardens.

I was honored when the garden selection committee asked if my garden, Helen’s Haven, would participate on the garden tour.

Mayor Meeker spoke to an eager audience anxious to hear about the good going on in our fine city.  Raleigh was well received.

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Pam Beck, our Chair for the local committee for GWA and Helen Yoest being intertained by Breat Heath of Brent and Becky's Bulbs

Pam Beck (always wearing a smile), our Chair for the GWA local committee and Helen Yoest being entertained by Brent Heath of Brent and Becky's Bulbs

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Nataure's Garden 2009 Photo Shoot 106

Tour go-ers were also welcomed by the Raleigh Garden Club in way of cookies for each guest. Thank you Raleigh Garden Club!

Friends who have written about Helen’s Haven include Shawna Coronado, C.L Fornari and Freda Cameron. Here are:

Whole Life Gardening
Cameron’ stories.

Helen Yoest
Gardening With Confidence



  1. tina said

    Holy smokes! How exciting! I know they were all most impressed-as was I for my private tour.

  2. Thanks Tina, Helen’s Haven was look very different than when you were here. Very strong fall presence.H.

  3. Lynn said

    Thank you for posting! Your gardens are gorgeous, Helen. My only regret from the GWA was having to leave early and missing this. Stunning.

  4. Les said

    With all that you have had going on, I’ll bet you need a weekend on the Outer Banks.

  5. Thanks Lynn, Next time! H.

    What a great idea Les, I sure could use some R & R in Manteo

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