Loretta Lynn loves to garden too much


Gardening in 100+ heat sent the 76-year-old Tennessean to the hospital with heat exhaustion and forced her to cancel two shows. 

According to this story, Lynn now says "There ain't a tomato worth it."  No argument here.

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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. Bless her heart. I worry about this happening to my grandfather. He doesn’t always realize how hot it is outside, now that he’s gotten older (88 years old) he stays cold and is always outside working in his yard and garden when it is hot out because to him it feels good. Wonder if this is what happened to her?

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