black cat ivy


bThen there’s Black Cat Ivy, a company started by Joan Furlung, who doesn’t have a garden of her own and instead, has spent years as a trained volunteer in removing invasive plants from parks.  Weed Warrior. (Nature Conservacy, Casey Trees, National Park Service.)  That seems to be her passion.  In fact, ""weeding is mroe fun than gardening for me."  She’s focussed on ivy becasye it’s {the most prevalent and harmful invasive plant on private property in the Washington area."
I notice she’ll also train the  homeowner in ivy removal (ivy-removal coach!).

Previous articleAn artsy urban farm
Next articleWho was your first?
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.