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Metro Magazine – Winter Interest Under Way for Umstead Hotel and Spa

Winter Interest Under Way For Umstead Hotel and Spa

In the winter, the garden is often thought of as the pause season until spring returns; an interruption in the time when a garden can be beautiful.  Often, the winter season isn’t based on the solstice, but rather, from first to last frost; too long a pause not to plan for the season.

With the fine weather we experience from the Triangle to the coast, we have the potential to garden year round.  No snow to compete with, we can add to the landscape so that our gardens can be just as interesting in winter as they are in spring, summer or fall.  What you do in winter, will also enhance other season’s appeal.

Even with a professional design, the winter interest aspects are often overlooked.  It’s never too late to evaluate your garden’s winter appeal.

The Umstead Hotel and Spa, in Cary, NC, recently did just that.  Landscape designer, Suzanne Edney, of Custom Landscapes, Inc., was brought in to evaluate and add winter interest elements to the 6 acres surrounding the Five Star hotel.

“My mission was to give a ‘sense of place’ by using cultivars and ornamentals that have characteristics of North Carolina plants,” says Suzanne.  Working directly with Ann Goodnight, Suzanne evaluated and added to the existing design.  What Suzanne found was many of the plants used in the original design were deciduous perennials, therefore, the landscape looked bare from December to April.  Suzanne’s design added to the ground plane and broke up a single plane of plantings.

This sense of place is an important factor for hotels of this caliber. As Suzanne explained, “When you arrive at The Umstead Hotel and Spa, you want to know that your are in NC, not in Italy or Miami or some other place.”

Plum yew, juniper, and Hellebores were some of the ground covers used in the design along with boulders to fill voids while giving the eye a restful place to pause.  Grasses were added to give movement, evergreen vines, perennials and shrubs such as Clematis Armandii, poet’s laurel, Fatsia, roof iris, Spirea, and Deodara Cedar were added for winter interest and to add rhythm to the design.

Implantation of the design began this fall and will continue through the winter.  It will be most interesting to visit often during this time to see how the transformation progresses.

Now and after the holidays is a great time to evaluate your winter landscape.  Plan on making your winter more interesting with plants and other elements such as boulders, benches, or accents.  You too will be enjoying your garden all winter long.

FOR MORE WINTER INTEREST

The JC Raulston Arboretum hosts an annual A Walk in the Winter Garden program in February each year.  Enjoy a winter garden themed presentation and tours and see what the winter garden has to offer.  Visit their Web site at http://www.ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum/ for details

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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Sightings at Garden Writers Association 2009 JC Raulston Arboretum Tour and BBQ

The JCRA rolled out the red carpet for the Garden Writers Association visit on September 25, 2009

Bobby Ward, friend and author with his new book about J.C. Rauslton out in December

Bobby Ward, friend and author with his new book about J.C. Raulston out in December

Tom Fischer Timber Press

Tom Fischer Timber Press

Shirley Reimes

Shirley Reimes

Marty Ross

Marty Ross

Felder Rushing and George Ball

Felder Rushing and George Ball

Famed Landscape Arch. Susan Cohan

Famed Landscape designer Susan Cohan

The lovely Eden Maker

The lovely Eden Maker

Melinda Meyers - in to everything including Birds and Blooms

Melinda Meyers - in to everything including Birds and Blooms

Denny Schrock, editor for Meredith Special Interest Publications

Denny Schrock, editor for Meredith Special Interest Publications

Justine Hancock Better Homes and Gardens

Justin Hancock Better Homes and Gardens

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GWA 2009 Chair Pam Beck

GWA 2009 Chair Pam Beck

Joe Lamp'l of joegardener and Theresa

Joe Lamp'l of joegardener and Theresa Loe

David Ellis, editor of American Gardener

David Ellis, editor of American Gardener

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Dee Nash (in pink) at Red Dirt Ramblin

Dee Nash (in pink) at Red Dirt Ramblin

Marty Wingate (in yellow)

Marty Wingate (in yellow)

Brent and Becky Heath of Brent and Becky's Bulbs

Brent and Becky Heath of Brent and Becky's Bulbs

Kirk Brown

Kirk Brown

Rebecca Reed with Southern Living Magazine (in brown, in center)

Rebecca Reed with Southern Living Magazine (in brown, in center)

The first off the bus to visit the JCRA is Kathy Jentz editor and publisher of the Washington DC Gardener @WDCGardener

The first off the bus to visit the JCRA is Kathy Jentz editor and publisher of the Washington DC Gardener @WDCGardener

Bobby Wilder and Helen Yoest in front of The Bobby Wilder Visitor Center at the JC Raulston Arboretum

Bobby Wilder and Helen Yoest in front of The Bobby Wilder Visitor Center at the JC Raulston Arboretum

Dedicated volunteer (and dear friend) Vandy Bradow offering to take the first tast of the BBQ
Dedicated volunteer (and dear friend) Vandy Bradow offering to take the first taste of the BBQ

Helen Yoest

JC Rauslton Arboretum Board of Advisors
Gardening With Confidence

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Sightings at Garden Writers Association 2009 Duke Gardens

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yeah, yeah, yeah, the man can build a botanical garden at Juniper Level and own the Plant Delights nursery, but PLEASE, this guy is sooooo cute.

yeah, yeah, yeah, the man can build a botanic garden at Juniper Level and own the Plant Delights nursery, but PLEASE, this guy is sooooo cute.

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One cannot be with Felder Rushing for more than a second without laughing

One cannot be with Felder Rushing for more than a second without laughing

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Helen Yoest trying to look like Joe Lamp'l

Helen Yoest trying to look like Joe Lamp'l

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Y'all, seperate!

Y'all, separate!

George Ball

George Ball

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Unknown daylily, known finger, for scale

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Me shooting the interesting Steve Bender; Stever shooting someting more interesting than me.

Me shooting the interesting Steve Bender; Steve shooting something more interesting than me.

Helen Yoest
Gardening With Confidence

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Garden Writers Association annual conference Tweet Up, Raleigh

“Anyone going to GWA interested in a tweet-up?” This simple question asked,  using 95 less characters than allowed,  led to an A-list garden writers tweet-up on a free evening during the Garden Writers Association annual conference in Raleigh.

A rouge party, not sanctioned by GWA, proved to be the best ice-breaker for first timers, and seasoned attendees.  Tweeters were not there selling, there were no barriers from one group to another, we were all just followers who became friends through Twitter.

Best yet, Proven Winners @ProvenWinners4U sponsored the tweet-up.  THANK YOU!

Yours truly, got the ball rolling for the Tweet-up.  One response of yes led to nearly 50, with 10 or so more regretting; oh yes really regretting, just ask Stephanie Martin @GettingDirty.

Social media networks like Twitter have gotten a bad rap; mostly from people who don’t get it.

Elizabeth Licata @GWI (Gardening While Intoxicated), and the @GardenRant fame, volunteered to co-host the event.  Elizabeth had great wine connections with Total Wine in Cary, NC Elizabeth’s contact selected a fabulous evening line-up – the list is below – yum!

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fetching ice and such, Kathy Jentz @WDCgardener offered a “what ever needs to be done”, Southern Living’s  Steve Bender a.k.a. @grumpy_gardener offered to come early to start tasting the wines.

Rebecca, Steve Bender, Sharon Bright

Rebecca Reed, Steve Bender, Sharon Bright

Jim and Sharon Bright graciously opened their garden for the event.   They are getting use to being around these garden writer types having had their garden photographed for Country Gardens last year and recently by Southern Living.

The home and garden of our host, Jim and Sharon Bright
The home and garden of our host, Jim and Sharon Bright

The evening.

Laura Schaub and Amy Stewart tweeting at the tweet-up

Laura Schaub and Amy Stewart tweeting at the tweet-up

Erica Glaisner, Joe Lamp'l and Helen Yoest FINALLY meet

Erica Glasener, Joe Lamp'l and Helen Yoest FINALLY meet

Here's some fo the crowd.  Looks like Billy Goodnick is doing the Egyptian

Here's some of the crowd. Looks like Billy Goodnick is doing the Egyptian

Kate Frank, Michelle Gravis with Fine Gardening Magazine with Jean Anne VK during her "Good Enough Gardneing" podcast.

Kate Frank, Michelle Gervais with Fine Gardening Magazine with Jean Anne VK during her "Good Enough Gardening" podcast.

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Patty Craft, Dee Nash, Carol Michel

In summary, we got it, until the last tweeter left.  Not one apology for what we do needed to be made all evening.  It’s good to be with like minded gardeners.

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Wine List

Botter Verduzzo Prosecco

Bougrier Muscadet

hebus Torrontes

Milton Park Shiraz

Mousset CdRhone rose

Ropiteau Pinot Noir

The List

@29Mingardener Kathleen Hennessy
@AARSroses Julia Young
@ChiGardeningMag Bill Aldrich
@Citygardening Lorraine Flanigan
@Compostinmyshoe Jim Martin
@Containergardening Kerry Michaels
@Dkprinzing Debra Prinzing
@douggreen Doug Green
@EdenMaker Shirley Bovshow
@EricaGlasener Erica Glasener
@Flowergardengal Anna Lopper
@GardenerSusan Susan Harris
@Gardenofwords Katie Elzer-Peters
@Gardenwiseguy Billy Goodnick
@gettingdirty Reno Martin
@grumpy_gardener Steve Bender
@GardenLiving Theresa Loe
@GWI Elizabeth Licata
@HelenYoest Helen Yoest
@herbncowgirl Ann McCormick
@Hyperating Keith Alexander
@Idahogardener Mary Ann Newcomer
@Indigogardens Lynn Felici-Gallant
@IndyGardener Carol Michel
@Interleafer Laura Schaub
@JeanAnnVK Jean Ann Van Krevelen
@joegardener Joe Lamp’l
@Judydigginit Judy Lowe
@Kate_Frank Kate Frank
@KathyPurdy Kathy Purdy
@klsnature Kelly Senser
@Michelle_at_FG Michelle Gervais
@mycornerofkaty Cindy Tournier
@Nestinstyle Jayme
@PattyCraft Patty Craft
@ProvenWinners4U Danielle Ernest
@punkrockgardens Laura Mathews
@reddirtramblin Dee Nash
@RobinRipley Robin Ripley
@SeasonalWisdom Teresa O’Connor
@SusanCohan Susan Cohan
@SusanlMorrison Susan Morrison
@susanreimer Susan Reimer
@TheGardenPlot Suzi McCoy
@thegardenlady C.L.
@TinkHanson Christa Hanson
@WDCgardener Kathy Jentz
@WesternGardener Jodi Torpey
@Wildwoodwoman Penelope O’Sullivan
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Designing The Trade Show Booth for Proven Winners, GWA

Designing a trade show booth isn’t much different from designing a vignette at home.  Time, money, and space are always limiting factors.  So, when asked to design the space for the Proven Winners trade show booth for the Garden Writers Association annual meeting in Raleigh, this  was no different.

Working with staff at Proven Winners and Spring Meadows, we identified the color theme – Pink.

Why pink?  In honor of the first re-blooming pink flowered  hydrangea  Invincibelle Spirit

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Invincibelle Spirit bears loads of hot pink flowers from early summer to frost. It’s a reliable bloomer in the north and is also heat tolerant making it perfect for our hot and humid southern gardens.  Invincibelle Spirit will be available in garden centers Spring 2010.

But more importantly, Proven Winners’ goal is to raise $1,000,000 for breast cancer research. Proven Winners will donate $1 from each purchase of Invincibelle Spirit to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. BCRF is dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime by funding clinical and translational research worldwide.

With the pink as inspiration, we brought in a trendy green to set the stage.

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With the color decision complete, the rest fell into place.  The space was 20 feet long with a height limitation of 8 feet.  The space also had to hold featured plants, literature, and give a-ways.

On the negative side, the back curtain was a blue, and  definitely not workable.  On the plus side, we were given choices for the carpet colors.   We chose tan.

Braun Group donated some gorgeous containers for the space.  They were potted up with Proven Winners.

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The containers were use to pot up the Hydrangea and and annuals.

Needing to add more display for the large space, we brought into the design  a potting bench.

The potting bench

The potting bench

What, you don’t find this attractive?  Stay with me.  It did need some love.  This love included two coats of white washed paint – latex flat, white paint, one part paint, 10 parts water.

Potting bench with first coat of white wash

Potting bench with first coat of white wash

Detail of first coat of white washing

Detail of first coat of white washing

After the first coat dried for 24 hours, a second coat was applied

2nd coat applied

2nd coat applied

Satisfied with the 2nd coat of white wash, now we were ready for the green.  Again, the green was a wash – 1 part flat latex  paint with 10 parts water.

Ooh, la, la!  Tres chic

Ooh, la, la! Tres chic

Now we’re talking.   This green is fun and festive and works so well with pink.  However, we wanted it gussied up some more.  Working with the Braun containers, the pink, the greens, and the black  in the Proven Winners logo, I found this fabric.  With 3 yards of fabric, a shirt for the potting bench was made, as well as, a cover for a cushion for the seating bench.  The white  fabric on the right was purchased to pen to the blue curtain that came with the booth space.

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Pink birdcage as accent

Pink birdcage as accent

Wanting to add some accents to the potting bench, this birdcage was picked up at the Raleigh Flea Market No question I paid too much. A whopping $6.00.  I know I should have offered four, but didn’t want this one to get away!

Wanting to add more pink, 3 yards of pink fabric was purchased to use in some creative way.  My original design was “X”ed as to edgy, so I needed to come up with another idea to bring in more pink against the white fabric.

When it came time to load the potting shed  bench, it rained.  Actually, it poured.   I had to ask my husband for help.  He did.  The next morning, I headed over to the conference center to set up.

Lesson learned, pay attention to  signs that say 7 foot height limitation.  The upright potting bench on my Ford 150 Pick up truck exceed 7 foot.  Thanks to my friend Laura Schaub, we rebuilt it with only one piece left over.

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Ok, it looked a little better when all the pink bags were there…

A bonus for me?  I now have a pretty green potting bench.  I wouldn’t have painted it otherwise, yet now that I see how cute it is, not sure why I waited 18 years (the age of my bench.)

Helen Yoest

Gardening With Confidence

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The Garden Called Helen’s Haven

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Helen’s Haven

Garden of Helen Yoest and David Philbrook

3412 Yelverton Circle

Raleigh

Helen’s Haven is the garden I share with my family. The design took into account the needs of three young and active children. Even so, the stone path through the center on the main back border, built by Phil Hathcock of Natural Stone Sculptures, is often overlooked as a transition point when the kids are chasing an errant ball.  But that’s OK; this is their garden too.

Low Boxwood hedges were used to create a formal atmosphere to complement the formal architecture of this Georgian Colonial style home. These hedges also map out the space for the kids to play. Within these hedges are informal plantings of perennials and annuals to attract butterflies, birds and bees.

Helen’s Haven is a certified wildlife habitat and a certified Monarch Watch Station. Using waterwise design principles and watered with harvested rain, this organic garden demonstrates good environmental practices resulting in a colorful, lush garden.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the gardens watching the butterflies alight and seeing enough birds to delight.

Helen Yoest
Gardening With Confidence

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Sightings – Thomas Sayre’s home/garden/office/studio

At three o’clock on a Thursday, I met with  Thomas Sayre about the model he is gifting me.  What an unbelievable talent Raleigh and the world has in Thomas Sayre. More Thomas

Thomas Sayre’s website

Here are some views of his outside home space, garden, office, studio, and art he has available.

Home space

Entrance to the Sayre home

Entrance to the Sayre home

Garden Space

Aster and Lily playing in the Sayre home garden

Aster and Lily playing in the Sayre home garden

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Entrance

Front entrance of office with the River Reel proto type for the North Carolina Art Museum

Front entrance of office with the River Reel proto type for the North Carolina Art Museum

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Studio

When visiting the Raleigh Convention Center, check out the Thomas’  Shimmering Wall

Proto type for the Shimmering wall at the Raleigh Convention Center

Proto type for the Shimmering wall at the Raleigh Convention Center

Outside storage of art

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Besides all this, Thomas Sayre also plays in a band called Spot.


Helen Yoest
Gardening With Confidence

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