As a technical creative, I had 20 years success as an engineer/technical writer and, in 2001, I turned my attention to creative writing. Within months, I became a successful freelance writer with my name on the masthead of several Meredith Corporation publications. Over the years, I’ve written countless clips, for Meredith Corp, Time Inc, Harris Publications, Taunton Press, AMG/Parade, and many others.
Nine of my stories made the cover as the lead story. I’ve also published three books and contributed to several other, and was the editor/writer of a single issue publication. My second book, Plants with Benefits, was featured in the New York Times.
In today’s market, you can’t do anything without being a social media expert, so I dug into that too.
Social media creator for the horticultural industry. My clients include the NC Nursery and Landscape Association, JC Raulston Arboretum, Moss and Stone Gardens, Heronswood, Terra Ceia Farms, Proven Winners, Bloedel Reserve, as well as Gardening with Confidence, Bee Better, Better Homes, Gardens, P. Allen Smith, and more.
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Since, March 2016, serves as the Executive Director and writer of Bee Better Inc., a non-profit, 501(c)3. In this role, I put to use my technical background with writing about the environment.
Since 2001, serves as a Field Editor and writer for Meredith Corporation: Better Homes and Gardens and Country Gardens, Des Moines, IA
Since 2005, writes a regular column for Country Gardens magazine.
For 20 years, I served as an air pollution engineer traveling the world as an expert in burning hazardous waste in incinerators. Former vice president of engineering and the last five years vice president of sales and marketing.
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA B.S. Environmental Science 1978
Brunel University, London England, M.S. Environmental Science and Engineering 1982
James Baggett, Editor, Country Gardens Magazine, 1716 Des Moines, IA 50309-3023, 1-515-284-2933. james.baggett at meredith.com.
Books by Helen Yoest
Featured in the New York Times!
Good Berry Bad Berry: Who’s Edible, Who’s Toxic, and How to Tell the Difference (Good…Bad) (2016 St. Lynn’s Press)
Honors and Awards
Southern Living magazine blogger to watch.
Honorary member of Pi Alpha Xi.
Media Trips & Speaking Engagements Around the World
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