Certification in Sustainable Gardening by Bee Better Naturally with Helen Yoest


Bee Better Naturally with Helen Yoest

Bee Better Naturally is excited to announce to #Raleigh- area gardeners, Helen Yoest will be offering a seven-week sustainable gardening certification. This course will also be offered online within the year. Stay tuned!!!

To register, click HERE.

Certification in Sustainable Gardening—Seven-Week Course. We will be offering two classes. One on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 and the other on Saturday afternoon 1:00 to 3:00.

Class size is limited, register early. 



Over an seven-week period in January and February we will cover 12 modules including The Big Picture, The Future, Waterwise, Mulches, Pesticides, Native vs. Exotic, Creating Wildlife Habitats, Butterfly Gardens, Native Bees, the European Honey Bee, Migratory and Resident birds, and a bonus section. 

Included in the course fee is a notebook for notes and several plant lists and insect control handouts.

Learn from not only an accomplished horticulturist but also a Master of Science environmental scientist!

For more information email Helen Yoest at HelenYoest@gmail.com

Our instructor, Helen Yoest has been a life-long environmental steward of the land and student as well as a retired environmental engineer. Her garden, The Bee Better Teaching Garden won the City of Raleigh’s Sustainable Garden Award in 2015.

Bee Better Naturally is a 100% Volunteer non-profit organization, 501(c)(3)


Module 0—Background—Video—Will Post Soon

Seven-week course: Every Saturday January and February except February 8th, from 9:30 until 11:30 or 1 until 3. Will ask the students what the majority prefers. 

or Thursday evenings in January and February except February 6th, from 6:30 until 8:30

Module 1—The Big Picture

The Big Picture—Helen Yoest’

The Big Picture—Helen Yoest’

1. What is Sustainable Gardening?

2. Right Plant, Right Place

3. Water Conversation

4. Bed Preparation/Maintenance 

5. Fertilizer

4. Mulch

Module 2—The Future

The Future

The Future

1. Climate Change

2. It All Starts with the Soil 

3. Why this Course isn’t Native Only

4. Plant Communities

Module 3—Waterwise Plus Plant Lists



1. Defined

2. Oasis Beds

3. Transitional Beds

4. Xeric Beds

Module 4—Mulches

1. Composting

2. Collected Leaves

Rescued pinestraw

3. Composted Leaf Mulch

4. Manures

5. Pinestraw

6. Green Mulches—Crop Covers

Module 5—Pesticides/Herbicides



1. Organic vs Chemicals

2. Neonics, Neonicotinoids

3. Parsley Example

4. Mushrooms for roundup cure

Module 6—Native vs Exotic 


1. What Matters

2. Where it Matters Most

3. Escaping Cultivation

4. The Future?!?

Module 7—Creating a Wildlife Habitat

Helen Yoest in her Wildlife Habitat

Helen Yoest in her Wildlife Habitat

1. General

3. Food

4. Water

5. Cover

6. Broods

Module 8—Butterfly Gardens Plus Plant Lists

Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Garden

Module 9—Bees—Native

Wildlife garden

Wildlife garden

Module 10—European Honey Bee Plus Plant List

  1. Honey Bee Facts

  2. Is bee keeping right for you?

Module 11—Birds

Bird Gardens

Bird Gardens

1. Migratory Birds 

2. Resident Birds

Module 12—Bonuses

1. Farming Mealworms 

2. Mosquito Control

3. Tick Control

4. Japanese Beetle Control

5. Fireflies

…more to come


To register, click HERE!