About Us

GardenRant is the work of these highly opinionated gardeners:

Founders (2006):

Susan Harris in Greenbelt, MD

Elizabeth Licata in Buffalo, NY

Michele Owens in Saratoga Springs, NY

Amy Stewart in Eureka, CA

Joining 2013 – 2018:

Allen Bush in Louisville, KY

Thomas Christopher near Hartford, CT

Evelyn Hadden in Boise, ID

Bob Hill  in Utica, IN

Carol Reese in Jackson, TN

Scott Beuerlein in Cincinnati, OH

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 the National 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.

Guest posts?

Read all about it here.

Contact GardenRant

Email either gardenersusan at gmail.com or ealicata at yahoo.com.

Posted by on April 5, 2012 at 7:14 am.
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23 responses to “About Us”

  1. 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,


  2. 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.

  3. 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!


  4. 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

  5. […] 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 […]

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.


  12. 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

  13. 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


  14. 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,


  15. 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!

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

  17. 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


  18. Jimmy says:


    I’d like to do a guest post on your site. I’m raving about why organic vegetables are worse for you than those that have used pesticides. That will be sure to get the readers buzzing.


  19. Hi, Susan and Ranters, veteran and new,

    I should have subscribed ages ago – yours is such a unique and welcome voice.

    I also see that you guys, just like our community garden website, receive lots of bot-ish offers to improve your site, and messages from lots of people eager to share their products and services for sale.

    What an interesting time we live in.

    Makes me want to disconnect this computer, set my phone to stun, and run outside to the garden.

    Happy Equinox today! And thank you for your wonderful work,


    North Carolina Community Garden Partners

  20. Chris says:

    How to Plan a Bigger, Better Vegetable Garden? I read something on http://www.fameafrica.tv and they said tender crops such as tomatoes, peppers and squashes grow best in a sunny part of the garden, while leafy greens, salads, and some herbs such as parsley and chives prefer partial shade, particularly in hotter climates.