Plants With Benefits



st-lynns-press-pwb-cvr-300x300-1472607Helen Yoest and I have been good friends for a long time now, and we like to share in each other’s successes. So with this, I present to you Helen’s latest book Plants With Benefits: An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, & Veggies in Your Garden (2014, St. Lynn’s Press). You’re going to love this book.


I had two honors in contributing to Helen’s book. The first was helping shoot and style many of the photos. The second was writing another blurb for her new book; I knew my way around the concept when I wrote a blurb for the first book Gardening With Confidence –50 Ways to add style for personal creativity (2012 GWC Press).


Here is what I said about Plants With Benefits:


Peel back the covers of Plants with Benefits and treat ourself to beguiling photos and tales of flirtations produce, hot herbs and saucy spices that will tickle your senses and delight your eye. Helen’s playful look at the secret lives of her subjects makes for a book that will leave you wanting more. Oh la la?”


Her accolades have been many starting with a feature in the New York Times.


Here’s how the story opens:


Helen Yoest didn’t set out, as she said recently, to write a horticultural Kama Sutra. It was sort of an accident. Ms. Yoest, a garden writer, was researching an article on avocados when she learned that the fruit was considered an aphrodisiac. What makes it so, she wondered: The nutrients? The shape? Bingo. Turns out their reputation dates to the Aztecs, who marveled at how avocados grew in pairs, and named the plant “the testicle tree.” Click to read more.


Plants With Benefits can be purchased through or an autographed copy through her website, Gardening With Confidence®.


Let me know what you think, I’d like to continue sharing in Helen’s success and joy she has had with this new book. I hope we see more from Helen.


David Spain

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