Susan Harris caught the gardening bug growing up in Virginia, became certified as a Master Gardener in Washington, D.C., and has been gardening in Maryland for almost 30 years. Admittedly obsessed with gardening, she’s enjoying a second career as a garden writer and coach.
Susan started her first blog back in 2005, then joined up with three other writers from across the U.S. to start the popular, award-winning GardenRant in 2006. To learn more about her work blogging and networking for independent garden centers, visit Garden Center Blogger.com. Susan also reviews gardening books for Kirkus Reviews. And in 2011 she launched her first nongardening blog, Boomer Turn-ons.
In print, her articles have appeared in national publications (Organic Gardening, Fine Gardening, Landscape Architecture) and in Maryland’s Voice newspapers.
Susan has a history of rallying people to garden more, learn more, and make greening happen, first as president of the Takoma Horticulture Club, then by co-founding the DC Urban Gardeners and taking them online. In early 2009 she launched the national media campaign Green the Grounds to encourage all of America’s First Families to adopt sustainable landscaping around their official residences. And in September of 2009 she recruited other garden communicators across the U.S. to form the Lawn Reform Coalition, which promotes natural lawn care, regionally appropriate lawn species, and design alternatives to lawn. On the edibles front, she’s an enthusiastic advisory board member of Montgomery Victory Gardens in her county.
Since 2004 Susan has worked with homeowners one on one, teaching them to create, enhance, and maintain their gardens. She calls this service garden coaching.