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Helen Yoest

Author, Good Berry, Bad Berry and blogger,

Helen Yoest is an outdoor enthusiast and curious gardener—curious about plants and how they can be used for their edibility, wildlife, and ornamental value. As an award-winning freelance writer, Helen has traveled the world visiting public and private gardens so she can find new trends, see regional styles, and gather ideas from great gardeners. Helen is a feature writer and columnist for Country Gardens and other Better Homes and Gardens publications. Her work appears Southern Living, Carolina Gardener, and many others. Helen is also the author of Gardening With Confidence (GWC Press, 2012) and Plants With Benefits (St. Lynn’s Press, 2014) and her work has been featured in the New York Times. Helen lives in Raleigh, NC tending to her half-acre wildlife habitat. Helen’s latest book, Good Berry, Bad Berry, is just out from St. Lynn’s Press.


Good Berry, Bad Berry: Finding and Identifying Common Wild Berries

Foraging is hot right now, but did you know there are berries in your own back yard that you can eat? Have you walked your local greenway and wondered if the berries you spied were edible? Good Berry, Bad Berry is a homeowner’s guide to what’s edible, what’s toxic — and how to tell the difference. There are a few recipes with good berries that you probably never knew were edible. Beautyberry jelly anyone?

Saturday, Feb 20 at 11:15 am / Hood Room / Book signing to follow