Garden Coaching in the News, 2008 Edition


Garden mentors and coaches of all types will be declaring Dean Fosdick their New Best Friend after reading his wonderful story about us for the Associated Press.  With the AP I’m told you just never know where these stories might end up, so we’ll just sit back and see what happens.  It’s winter; what else are we going to do?  Okay, the California coaches are busily coaching away as usual but hey, I went to the stoneyard today so I really can’t complain. 

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Susan Harris

Susan’s a garden writer, teacher and activist in the Washington, D.C. area. Co-founder of GardenRant, she also wrote for national gardening magazines and independent garden centers before retiring in 2014. Now she has time for these projects:

  • Founding and now managing the pro-science educational nonprofit GOOD GARDENING VIDEOS that finds and promotes the best videos on YouTube for teaching people to garden.
  • Creating and managing DC GARDENS, the nonprofit campaign to promote the public gardens of the Washington, D.C. area, and gardening by locals.
  • Creating and editing the community website GREENBELT ONLINE to serve her adopted hometown of Greenbelt, Maryland (a “New Deal Utopia” founded in 1937).
  • Also in Greenbelt, MD, writing the e-newsletter and serving on the Board of Directors for the cooperatively-owned music and arts venue and restaurant called the NEW DEAL CAFE.

Contact Susan via email or by leaving a comment here.

Photo by Stephen Brown.


  1. E, it has snaps and French writing all over the inside lining and is very old.
    For once, a photographer wasn’t interested in pretending she was catching someone in the act of gardening. (After all, it was in the low 40s that day.) She did take charge of color, however, declaring RED. I obeyed.

  2. For once in my television and other media gardening career, I want a pretty picture taken of me too! I’m always sweating, dirty, hair messed up… day. You makes up garden pros look good.

  3. Mary, I saw that cautionary tale about coaching and will post it to our Garden Coaching Blog this week. Coaches probably shouldn’t be making their clients cry, for crissakes.

  4. Great shots and great press! But, the real question I have is ‘What stoneyard and what did you buy?’ I am a purveyor of stone (in New England) and always interesting in what the end user is looking for!

  5. Nice press, nice photos. Oh, how I wish garden coaching had been available when I began gardening!

    The consultant in Leah Garchik’s story reminds me of a garden owner I visited some years ago. Our group was excited about the opportunity (the garden was featured in a book by a local author plus other press) but the visit was a disappointment. The garden was not the cause – the owner was. She was filled with garden ennui, it permeated the garden and her words. She said something like “I’m so over gardening” and gave us a disdainful glance as if we were nuts for even considering such a pastime. We were nonplussed and couldn’t help wondering why she had accepted our request to visit if she was so bored with the whole thing.

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