About Amy



Garden Rant co-founder Amy Stewart is the author of seven books. Her latest, Girl Waits With Gun, is a novel based on a true story. She has also written six nonfiction books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world, including four New York Times bestsellers: The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Bugs, Wicked Plants, and Flower Confidential.  She lives in Eureka, California, with her husband Scott Brown, who is a rare book dealer. They own a bookstore called Eureka Books. The store is housed in a classic nineteenth-century Victorian building that Amy very much hopes is haunted.

Since her first book was published in 2001, Stewart has appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition and Fresh Air, she’s been profiled in the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle, and she’s been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, Good Morning America, the PBS documentary The Botany of Desire, and–believe it or not– TLC’s Cake Boss.

Amy has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many other newspapers and magazines.
She co-founded Rant with Susan Harris and Michele Owens and actively contributed from 2006–2013.

Visit Amy’s website, amystewart.com



  1. I just read your editorial in my recently delivered gardening magazine. I have never “blogged”, but LOVE gardening, so I thought I would check this out. I like to hear how others cope with their gardening issues as well as find out about successes.This seems like a good place to start. Thanks!!!

  2. After reading your comments in the NCJ about nothing to plant, just have to put in my 2, ok 5 cents. Ordered 5 peony last spring and they have now arrived as I knew they would. Have to dig up and replant some Shasta daisy that I call Arnold because they got so damn big. Must have been all that compost. Have to cut down the dead Golden Chain tree and plant a Crepe Myrtle – hope someone will order it to arrive NOW. Oh yeah, gotta move the dahlia bulbs to plant the peony, start some Lady Banks roses from cuttings (oh so easy) and rake the leaves for compost – use the walnut leaves over the daylilies and roses thing I did so I don’t have to weed in the spring, and more and more and more. Plenty to do. This is on about 1/2 acre in Willow Creek. Na ner na ner – I can grow zinnas, marigolds & sunflowers – and tomatoes. My place in McKinleyville is a subdivision home that most call over-planted. Just as I like it.
    Thanks for the opportunity to blab, er, blog.

  3. I am doing some investigation into the market to see if a spray on-type product that is an exact replication rose fragrance would be desirable in the consumer market. I know steps are being taken to bred the scent back in to roses, but Univ. of Florida has a patent on the chemical ration to re-create to rose scent. They could license this out for a company to mass-produce a low-cost solution to the missing fragrance. To help in my research, I was just wondering where I might find some evidence to back statements such as “Everybody who picks up a rose, the first thing they do is put it to their nose and they’re always disappointed.” and a quote from you from an article in The Independent (England, October 2007)) that you “believe that the industry is “finally waking up” to the fact that people want their roses sweet-smelling.”

    Any opinions/help/information you can offer is greatly appreciated!

  4. Hot story tip! Well, maybe not so hot. Maybe you decided to pass on it. Man convicted of killing neighborhood trees in Las Vegas? Maybe get up to *35 years*? Hot! Perfect for a blog-poll.

    Registration is NOT required to read this LA Times story:

    I pulled out some interesting comments, but there are many more:

  5. Help! Our HOA is threatening to “install” synthetic grass in our area to, of all things, conserve water and lessen our carbon footprint. I know, I know… My husband and I, and a few neighbors are trying to stop them. Any good data about this stuff would be appreciated (especially con, but pro is okay too.)

  6. Hi, I’m JJ. I am 11 years old and in the 6th grade. I stole your book (the earth moved) from my dad when he took it home from the library. I am really am enjoying your book so far. I’ll finish it soon. Where you said that worm scientist weren’t getting enough popular support I got inspired to write about it. You can find my article on my dad’s blog(http://www.robertsroostfarm.com/2010/01/in-school-jjs-science-fair-project.html). I am also going to write more because I am doing a science fair project on worms. Thank you for writing such an interesting book.


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