Better to be a White House gardener/beekeeper than the full-time pastry chef?


YossesNYT I've gone all happy over the wedding announcements of gay Boomers, including Bill Yosses, who happens to be the "executive pastry chef" at the White House.  But on this blog we're all about gardening, so hold on – there IS a connection.

According to the Times, Yosses was tapped for the White House job by Laura Bush in 2007, and in 2009 heard his new boss Michelle Obama saying that “desserts would be rare at family meals and that portions would be scaled down.  And with her emphasis on healthy eating, his responsibilities broadened to included beekeeping and tending the White House Garden.”  Love it!

Photo by Anthony Jalandoni, which I’m assuming is kosher to use because it was released with their wedding announcement.

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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.

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Photo by Stephen Brown.


  1. How great that he can now tend the honey-makers; I wonder if he’s specialized in honey-based pastries since tending the hives?

    Best of wishes to the happy couple!

  2. I thought that he was going to come up with healthy, fruit based desserts. But I’m pretty sure he did that too, as well as now getting to go into the garden.

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