Gardening with Confidence – with Helen Yoest

Forward in Helen’s book by P.Allen Smith

She embraces gardening with her southern charm and style that shines through in her writings.  Helen Yoest is the owner of Gardening With Confidence™ website and can be found monthly in many of our favorite gardening magazines like  Better Homes and Gardens, Country Gardens, Traditional Home, and Southern Living Magazine.  Mid 2012 her very first book came out and I was honored to have it featured as a giveaway on the #gardenchat network. 

Gardening with Confidence: 50 Ways to Adding Style for Personal Creativity (GWC Press, 2012) is Helen Yoest first book and I hope the beginning of a book publishing trend for her.  I met Ms.Yoest a few years back at a Costa Farms event in Florida where I was honored to be among many outstanding writers for today’s garden world.  From the moment we met and she greeted me with a hug as if we had been friends forever.  I will admit I was extremely nervous to meet one of my favorite editors in person.

What an honor it must be for Helen to have Home and Garden expert  P.Allen Smith write the Forward in her book.  I couldn’t agree with Allen more when he writes ‘Gardening with Confidence – 50 Ways to add style for personal creativity is a true labor of Helen Yoest’s love of our common pursuit.’  Helen’s love for couching people to grow creative gardens presented in this book will inspire you to try new approaches in your garden that you never dreamed of.  During my conversation in the podcast featured in this post I’ was totally inspired to make my mailbox garden my ‘calling card’ as Helen stated in the presentation.

One of my favorite chapters on Kids in the Garden

I’m looking forward to seeing Helen in person at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show that takes place on  February 20-24 in Seattle Washington.  This is an amazing show and it is no surprise that Helen will be joining the show as a speaker from her North Carolina garden.


Below is information about Helen Yoest presentation at the show.  Be sure to follow #nwfgs on Twitter for current information about the upcoming show.

Gardening with Confidence
Adding Style for Personal Creativity
Fri, Feb 22 at 12 pm / Hood Room

‘Gardening with Confidence’ is designed to give you insight on the basics of adding and arranging the components of your garden. The confidence you’ll gain in knowing how to add design features, while developing your own personal style, will help you take your garden to the levels seen in the fantastic gardens that inspired you to begin your own work of art. Helen will help you discover what kind of garden you want, and how to get there, with savvy style and creative confidence.


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