NY Times Design Blogger GETS It


We’ve been known to complain about coverage of gardening in the paper of record, but are happy to report that at least their design blogger is hip to the importance of edibles landscapes, community gardens, and open spaces.

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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. Well, there is no comprehending the gardening coverage at the Times–but it makes perfect sense that Allison Arieffe, formerly of the superb magazine Dwell, would be interested in productive landscapes. Vegetable gardens are beautiful–in my opinion, the most beautiful of gardens.

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