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Making a Hypertufa Trough – Better Homes and Gardens

Modeled after ancient stone troughs once used to hold water and feed for livestock, contemporary troughs are made from hypertufa.

Hypertufa troughs are easy to make, cool containers for use in any garden style.

Beth Jimenez and Amelia Lane, owners of Lasting Impressions, in Raleigh, NC, will show you how to make your own inexpensive hypertufa troughs at home.

Once you learn the secret to making these containers, you may not want to stop at just one; a grouping of containers of various sizes makes a striking garden collection.

For the full story, visit Better Homes and Gardens – Making a Hypertufa Trough

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

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In Print – Better Homes and Gardens – Path Finders

Madonna Phillips the garden she shares with hubby Greg Hallam

Years from now, when I look back on my second career as garden coach, garden writer, and field editor of Better Homes and Gardens and their Special Interest Media such as Country Gardens and Nature’s Garden, as well as other garden magazines such as Fine Gardening and Carolina Gardener, producing stories for publication will be in the forefront.  And no doubt, this is due to working with some very talented people.  For this feature, I had the honor of working with editor Eric Liskey, graphic artist Scott Johnson, and photographer Kritsada.  Their professionalism mixed with their pleasant (and entertaining) personalities made a memory I’ll never forget.

In print is the March 2009 issue of BHG,  Path Finders, the garden of Madonna Phillips and Greg Hallam, in Historic Oakwood, Raleigh, North Carolina.

What you don’t see in this photo, is after finishing the photo shoot, just as Greg comes home from work,  we all gather on the front porch, southern style, and sit a spell.  Madonna goes to the fridge and pulls out whatever is available, while we make plans for dinner.  Later with a glass of wine, nuts, olives, crackers, and cheese, we bask in the comfort of Madonna and Greg’s home, their hospitality, and of course the sight of the lovely garden we are all now so familiar with.


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Saturday, July 5, 2008 – Nature’s Garden and Better Homes and Gardens Photo Shoots

This week Raleigh and Cary were graced with a visit from James Baggett, Editor of Nature’s Garden and Perennial Magazine and photographer Virginia Weiler.  Business with these two is also pleasure.  In fact, while it was busy, it was so fun to collaborate creatively to perfect the perfect shot.

Helen Yoest, James Baggett, Virginia Weiler waiting for the right light.
Photo Credit Jere Stevens

James Baggett, Virginia Weiler, Dr. Dennis (Denny) Werner
Photo Credit Helen Yoest

Beth Jimenez, Amelia Lane, James Baggett
Photo Credit Helen Yoest

James Baggett, Helen Yoest, Virginia Weiler, M. Aster Philbrook, Lara Rose Philbrook, Lily Ana Philbrook
Photo Credit, David Philbrook

The last two Summer Solstice Celebrations were this past weekend; Saturday’s at Helen Yoest and the Philbrook family and Jerry and Nina Jackson & Sylvia Redwine’s.  It was a wonderful ending event.  No doubt, we will be doing these parties again next year!

We are off to the beach…swimming, surfing, fishing, crabbing, walking, biking, reading, and writing.  No phones, TV, or e-mail – Yeah!

Helen Yoest

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