About Susan


Susan Harris’s discovery of blogging back in 2005 led to all kinds of fun – and a second career as a garden writer. The blogging and gardening all take place in Greenbelt, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. (Tour her garden.)  Her website about sustainable gardening includes her own articles, plus contributions from 23 writers.

Susan’s articles have appeared in such magazines as Fine Gardening, Organic Gardening, and Landscape Architecture.

Susan spends far too much time promoting healthier landscapes through the Lawn Reform Coalition (which she founded in 2009), Montgomery Victory Gardens, and DC Urban Gardeners.

Off-topic from gardening, Susan edits and writes for Greenbelt Live, a community blog and website about the “New Deal Utopia” of Greenbelt, Maryland.

Contact Susan via email, by leaving a comment here, or by friending or following her on Facebook. 


  1. Susan: Thank you for inviting me into your garden. It was a delightful tour. Layanee

  2. Susan: I was floored by the photos of your garden — sorry, after reading your “bored with perfect magazine gardens” comment, I suppose I was expecting something that looked like ours: grass almost non-existent, a shabbily constructed “boat” out of old redwood fencing planks (a convenient storage area for soil), but with a thriving, kick-ass veggie garden boasting a few hundred bulbs of allium :-).

    I’m impressed with your “chaotic” garden and most of all envy your location. We were in Jay last Oct. and stayed at the Otter Chalet.

    Love this site, the name, the authors — rant away!

  3. I saw your advertisement in the USA Today Magazine and love your site!
    My husband is a retired engineer and has designed a unique copper garden stake called “Dripless Decor” it is a great conversation piece for the garden. We recently participated in a craft show and we sold them like hot cakes! If any one is interested in seeing his creation, you may e-mail me at sandrajb@cox.net

  4. Susan I gather that you can contact Paul James? A friend of mine writes an annual story called “The Watching” on the Corgi-L. it’s sort of a memorial to all the Corgis that have passed that year. This year (2007), she included a mention of Mr. James’ Maggie. I thought he might want to see the story. I would be happy to send it to you to send on to him if that would be preferable to putting me in direct contact.

  5. Hello Susan! If anyone would know, it’s you. I am looking for a 6′ high realistic-looking (black/brown “bark”)leave-out-in-the-rain cast aluminum or iron TREE. Lots of branches…to hang things off of (don’t ask). May have to commission.

  6. I read the article in The Washington Post today and was fascinated. I have always liked to putter around with flowers and small trees in pots, love the look of a relaxed and balanced garden but don’t really know where to start. We have just built a family weekend house at Lake Anna, VA. We have lots of Virginia clay and no plants (except what was growing wild) thus far. We have some woods, some former farm land, a bunch of sweet gums and pines. We don’t know where to start. Does anyone have any suggestions to help us. PS The builder says he will put down seed around house in spring and that we should put powdered lime on ground. Now we have straw where ground was graded and cleared.

  7. I was happy (and flattered) to see that we are kindred spirits on the edging front. Made my first rounds Friday here…first 2 beds…this year I may measure all the lineal feet I do annually. I suspect it’s closing in on 1,000 now. Nuts, huh? But then, all gardening is at least a little nuts, no?

  8. Hey Susan! The garden is beautiful. I like the wooded area in particular. I think I’ve actually seen some of these pics on the web before. I’m fairly local – perhaps our paths will cross one day. Great site!!

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