The Village Garden Club of La Jolla

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This Months Meeting

December 11, 2014 
(Members Only)

“Plants With Benefits: An Uninhibited Guide to Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, & Veggies In Your Garden" 

Speaker: Helen Yoest

Are some plants aphrodisiacs, or is that just a myth? Garden expert and plant detective Helen Yoest takes us on a romp through history, lore and ethnobotany to find out how 45 of these plants got their "hot" reputation – and what modern science has to say about it. Discover which common garden plants and favorite edibles have that "something extra," and why. “Plants With Benefits” is filled with lush photography, growing tips, and tasty, sensual recipes for preparing teas, potions and more for your pleasurable use. Can a plant create feelings of arousal, contentment or receptivity? It looks like the answer is yes! This is the first book about selecting garden plants for their sex appeal!

Filled with little-known secrets, growing tips and titillating tidbits, “Plants With Benefits” is a must-have catalog of plants that will satisfy all your libidinous botanical curiosities.  Good luck not getting emotionally invested. 

Helen Yoest is a curious gardener – curious about plants, soil, design, and how others use these to create their gardens at home.  She is also curious about what plants do for us today in the here and now, but also about their history and lore.  Plants have a colorful past.

As an award winning freelance writer and garden stylist, Helen has traveled the world visiting public and private gardens so she can step into the dream that was once just an imagination.  Her work has appeared in Country Garden, Better Homes & Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, Carolina Gardener, and many others, including her work as the national gardening expert for  Helen is also the author of “Gardening With Confidence, 50 Ways to Add Style for Personal Creativity.”

Helen curates garden art, serves on the board of the JC Raulston Arboretum, is past Regional Representative of the Garden Conservancy Open Days Tour, and is an honorary member of Pi Alpha Xi, the national honor society for floriculture, landscape horticulture and ornamental horticulture.

Helen lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband and their three beautiful children.  Helen’s Haven is a half-acre certified Wildlife Habitat, Bird Habitat, and a Monarch Watch Station, as well as NC certified native habitat garden.  She opens her garden annually to the public.

Visit Helen at her popular blog, and at 

Helen’s book “Plants With Benefits” will be for sale and signing by Helen after our meeting.


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