About Susan

Susan Harris’s discovery of blogging back in 2005 led to all kinds of fun – and a second career as a garden writer. The blogging and gardening all take place in Greenbelt, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. (Tour her garden.)  Her website about sustainable gardening includes her own articles, plus contributions from 23 writers.

Susan’s articles have appeared in such magazines as Fine Gardening, Organic Gardening, and Landscape Architecture.

Susan spends far too much time promoting healthier landscapes through the Lawn Reform Coalition (which she founded in 2009), Montgomery Victory Gardens, and DC Urban Gardeners.

Off-topic from gardening, Susan edits and writes for Greenbelt Live, a community blog and website about the “New Deal Utopia” of Greenbelt, Maryland.

Contact Susan via email, by leaving a comment here, or by friending or following her on Facebook. 

Posted by on May 6, 2006 at 6:31 pm, in the category Uncategorized.
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16 responses to “About Susan”

  1. Layanee A. DeMerchant says:

    Susan: Thank you for inviting me into your garden. It was a delightful tour. Layanee

  2. plangarden says:

    Susan: I was floored by the photos of your garden — sorry, after reading your “bored with perfect magazine gardens” comment, I suppose I was expecting something that looked like ours: grass almost non-existent, a shabbily constructed “boat” out of old redwood fencing planks (a convenient storage area for soil), but with a thriving, kick-ass veggie garden boasting a few hundred bulbs of allium :-).

    I’m impressed with your “chaotic” garden and most of all envy your location. We were in Jay last Oct. and stayed at the Otter Chalet.

    Love this site, the name, the authors — rant away!

  3. plangarden says:

    Oops, just read your location – thought you were upstate NY ’cause of the chairs. haha, those Adirondak chairs sure are comfy!

  4. Babs says:

    Your gardens are beautiful and so are the photographs. I enjoyed both. Are you also a photographer?

  5. susan harris says:

    Babs – yes, I have my PowerShot with me most of the time. Thanks for the encouragement.

  6. joey randall says:

    Loved the photos … love the comments … love your garden.

  7. Susan: Hiya, and “tag”, you’re it!

    I’ve been really enjoying your blog!

    Not sure if you’re ever up for a blogsphere “meme,” but they can be kinda fun. It’s kind of like a chain letter filled with fun personal facts. I tagged you for “8 Fun Facts” if you choose to play…click over to… http://gardenwiseguy.blogspot.com/2007/07/little-diversion.html, read the rules and jump in.
    Garden Wise Guy

  8. Sandra says:

    I saw your advertisement in the USA Today Magazine and love your site!
    My husband is a retired engineer and has designed a unique copper garden stake called “Dripless Decor” it is a great conversation piece for the garden. We recently participated in a craft show and we sold them like hot cakes! If any one is interested in seeing his creation, you may e-mail me at sandrajb@cox.net

  9. Edie Bain says:

    Susan I gather that you can contact Paul James? A friend of mine writes an annual story called “The Watching” on the Corgi-L. it’s sort of a memorial to all the Corgis that have passed that year. This year (2007), she included a mention of Mr. James’ Maggie. I thought he might want to see the story. I would be happy to send it to you to send on to him if that would be preferable to putting me in direct contact.

  10. Barbara says:

    Hello Susan! If anyone would know, it’s you. I am looking for a 6′ high realistic-looking (black/brown “bark”)leave-out-in-the-rain cast aluminum or iron TREE. Lots of branches…to hang things off of (don’t ask). May have to commission.

  11. Cheryl Hoffman says:

    I read the article in The Washington Post today and was fascinated. I have always liked to putter around with flowers and small trees in pots, love the look of a relaxed and balanced garden but don’t really know where to start. We have just built a family weekend house at Lake Anna, VA. We have lots of Virginia clay and no plants (except what was growing wild) thus far. We have some woods, some former farm land, a bunch of sweet gums and pines. We don’t know where to start. Does anyone have any suggestions to help us. PS The builder says he will put down seed around house in spring and that we should put powdered lime on ground. Now we have straw where ground was graded and cleared.

  12. Ken Sturmer says:

    Hi Susan,
    Some time ago, I sent you a story about our “lawn nazis” here in Beacon Woods, Florida. I just had to send you an update. Check out this link:http://oddculture.com/2008/10/12/gramps-goes-to-jail-for-not-sodding-his-lawn/

  13. b says:

    hi susan!

    i’m using this as an impromptu tipline… i’d like to see your thoughts on water rights. apparently in colorado, it’s illegal to put out a rain catch! kris holstrom sounds like an interesting person.

    is that stealing? i mean, eventually it’s going in the ground… enjoy, and keep up the good work!

  14. I was happy (and flattered) to see that we are kindred spirits on the edging front. Made my first rounds Friday here…first 2 beds…this year I may measure all the lineal feet I do annually. I suspect it’s closing in on 1,000 now. Nuts, huh? But then, all gardening is at least a little nuts, no?

  15. Wendy says:

    Hey Susan! The garden is beautiful. I like the wooded area in particular. I think I’ve actually seen some of these pics on the web before. I’m fairly local – perhaps our paths will cross one day. Great site!!