Beneath every professor of natural history and humanities lies… a ranter?



Here's Dr. Susan Tomlinson, Ph.D. in geology and professor in the Natural History and Humanities program at Texas Tech University on her way to the 2009 graduation ceremony.  Impressive gown there!  And her mode of transportation?  Not too decorous but suitably green.

After the ceremony, when even full professors shed their formal regalia, Dr. T reveals her true self.  Source.IMG_0042

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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. I love this particular Friend of Rant. I read her post today on her blog and wondered if you’d feature it, with that fancy shirt under her gown and all.

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