About Us

GardenRant is the work of these highly opinionated gardeners:


Susan Harris in Greenbelt, MD

Elizabeth Licata in Buffalo, NY

Michele Owens in Saratoga Springs, NY

Amy Stewart in Eureka, CA

Partners Joining in 2013 and 2014:

Allen Bush in Louisville, KY

Thomas Christopher near Hartford, CT

Evelyn Hadden in Boise, ID

GardenRant has been online since June 2006 and quickly developed a following among garden bloggers, garden writers and editors, and landscape nursery business professionals.  We have been named Best Garden Blog, Most Innovative Garden Blog, and Best Written, by a jury of our peers.

Garden Design Magazine
 called us:  “Pithy, hysterically funny, with poignant news and views of all aspects of the garden world. Don’t miss their Manifesto!” We’ve also received praise from the Washington Post’s Barbara Damrosch, who said Garden Rant “gives good information, hosts lively and knowledgeable guest ranters, and is anchored by four outstandingly uppity women, excellent writers all.”

Washington Post gardening editor Adrian Higgins said that Garden Rant is “one of my favorites: A blend of gossip, news, crusade and, yes, raw rant, it blows the cobwebs out of gardening’s mustier corners.”

USA Today reported on our gardening activities in the spring of 2010, andMacKenzie Carpenter said in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that although we “will probably never be invited by HGTV to host a garden show,” Rant “is in a class by itself.” In the New York Times, Michael Tortorello asserts that we “mouth off with the zeal of sports radio barkers.” We’ve also been lauded by The American GardenerCanadian Gardening magazine, BBC’s Gardens Illustrated, and theNational Gardening Association.

Read all the latest press on our Who’s Ranting About Us section.

Our readers have called us “Witty, sharp, and relentless good fun” and “sassy, knowledgeable commentary, always provocative, always surprising” and “first blog I read every day.”  Read more praise from our readers here.

Who reads GardenRant?  See the results of our reader survey here.  We get over 80,000 page views a month.

Want to know what we’re ranting about? Read our top stories from 2010.  Or from 2009.

Advertising? We are part of the BlogAds network.  Go here to advertise on GardenRant through BlogAds.

Guest posts?   Read all about it here.

Gardenrant_cocktail_logoGardenRant also hosts the GardenRant Cocktail Hour.  View all episodes here


Posted by on April 5, 2012 at 7:14 am.

23 responses to “About Us”

  1. michele peel says:


    I want to stage a march in my neighborhood to protest the use of Chemlawn!
    Does anyone have useful information for me. Do I need a permit to have a group of my conservationist friends and myself carrying signs and walking around our neighborhood? Any thoughts? Advice?

    Almost all of my neighbors use some Chemlawn company. This constant spraying of herbicides and pesticides is killing birds and pollinators! It’s poisoning the land, air, and water.

    Thank you and take care,
    Michele Peel

  2. My name is Caroline and I recently helped put together a site called Everything Backyard. It’s basically chocked full of inspiration, DIY ideas and more for creating vibrant outdoor living spaces.

    Basically, I was wondering if we could join forces for a mutually beneficial relationship through cross-promotion on social media, hyping each others’ pages and anything else that we might arrange.

    Let me know what you think.


  3. Lee Torrans says:



    I have just published a book on Crape Myrtle Gardening.

    Would love to create a post on “Crape Murder.” In fact, I may have spotted a “Crape Murder Cult.” On whole neighborhood that has engaged in “Crape Murder.”

    Education is required for these offenders! There is a remedy and I would love to share it as well.

    Thank you for considering my requests.

  4. Eric John says:

    Hello Garden Rant,

    This is Eric from Digital Impex doing blogger outreach for our clients.

    We have a client who would like to have a post on your blog with a do-follow link on http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net
    Kindly let me know the best rates for pre-written as well as article written by you. We have related posts each month. Please provide the best rates so that we can add your blog in our preferred bloggers list for future opportunities.

    Let me know if you have any questions. Look forward to your response.

    P.S. Please share if you have access to other blogs also with their price


  5. We have a gardening Services Business. Can You give us info how we can get guest post

  6. Jan says:

    im the first time here but i like your website…its very informative. i have a website about mini pond in a zinc tub, the people love this!

  7. Greg says:

    I am the owner of the My Gardening Guide -http://www.mygardeningguide.com and I really like your website. I also have a website that offers great information for gardening tips and advice. If you would like to exchange links I would be happy to do so.

    Pease let me know if this is something you would be interested in.
    The link information is: http://www.mygardeningguide.com/

    Best regards,


  8. Lisette Howard says:

    Hi There –

    My name is Lisette Howard and I’m the program manager for MyPotsandPlanters.com and Raisedbeds.com, both sister sites to Gardners.com. I think we could be a perfect addition to your current site given your gardening focus. We run both affiliate programs in ShareASale, do you currently have an account and work as an affiliate?

    Please let me know if there is a way we can work together.


    Lisette Howard


  9. Hi there GardenRant,

    I have a short film that I think your readers would really like. It’s about a small allotment in a built up area – almost like a sacred piece of land in the middle of the UK. An old man talks about his memories there since world war 2.
    I wonder if you’d be interested in sharing in your guest rant?

    Kind regards,

    Black Country Cinema

  10. Riva says:

    Dear GardenRant WebMaster:

    I’m a huge fan. Great writing, sensible attitudes, excellent guest ranters.

    One suggestion: It would be EVEN BETTER if you could make it so outside links opened in separate windows instead of taking me away from the actual Rant post.


  11. Joeri says:


    I stumbled upon your blog about home gardening, and I recently made liftable hanging planters which can be used indoor or outdoor, originally designed for wheelchair users, as they have difficulties in gardening, and everyone deserves a chance to start gardening.
    It’s a completely DIY project and maybe you could check it out or feature it on your blog?


    Kind regards,

    Joeri Boi

  12. Mindy burton says:


    My name is Mindy and I am reaching out to see if you might be interested in receiving some of our products for review, guest blog on our site, cross promote, or use some of our products as give aways.

    We are a new company that wants to inspire people to get outside. One of the ways we do this is through our Garden Products. I like what you are writing about, I think this blog is a lot of fun, and would love to hear back. Let me know if you are interested.

  13. Do you have to go threw blogads to advertise?
    I find there system confusing and I’d rather spend my money direct with the website. I have advertised plenty on yougrowgirl, awaytogarden, daves garden etc

  14. linda estrin says:

    I would love to see a rant on the practice of topping trees. I am at a loss for words when I see this happening. It would be great to pass it on to clients.

  15. Jeannie Rhodes says:

    Just read the rants about gazing balls. I have several in flower beds. I have an old MG filled with petunias with hostas planted in front. I also have a brass bedstead that I use as a “flower bed” and I’m currently in the process of turning a wire corn crib into a gazebo. In addition I have a decorative outhouse and a playhouse in our back yard. Life is too short to worry about what other people think! If some object makes you happy…go for it. Fortunately we live in the country so neighbor’s opinions are not an issue!

  16. […] how it works: 1. Get in touch with one of us through the About Us page. Just follow the links. 2. Let us know what’s on your mind. 3. Once we work out the […]

  17. Bob says:

    I have followed your blog for years, and enjoy it.

    With the update in either Mail or your going to WordPress, I no longer can tell who is writing the blog. Would it possible for the gardener responsible for the posting to sign it? Otherwise I have to follow the ‘Read More’ link.



    • Garden Rant Garden Rant says:

      Hey Bob, I just saw your comment (sorry, but it’s not emailed to any of us). One solution might be to to the right, under Voices, where you see our names with our most recent blog post title. Susan

  18. Sara says:

    I’m Sara and I have a small blog about gardening. I would love to write a guest post for you! Also, can I put 2 links at my guest post going to my blog? Are there any other guidelines I should know about, and where can I send the email with the article?
    Sorry for the non stop questions :)
    Thank you for your time!


  19. Hi Rose,

    I don’t think we’ve written that post yet. We will be accepting guest posts, as we always have, though. Just email one of us with your post. I think all the emails are on our individual about pages.

  20. Rose McMillan says:


    I tried going to your link about Guest Posts “Read all about it here” and the link doesn’t work. There isn’t a page with information, so I want to know if you are still accepting guest blog posts and what are the rules/guidelines. I would really love the opportunity to write for blog, because you guys make me laugh and enjoy gardening even more :)

    Hope to hear from you,


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