Being a seasonal business, every year as summer rolls around, we have to say goodbye to many phenomenal employees who made us shine through the busy spring months. This is Stephanie's thank you note to everyone who has been a part of the Behnke family over the years.
Susan co-founded the popular national team blog GardenRant in 2006, and it’s been winning awards and press attention ever since. Her Sustainable Gardening website teaches eco-friendly, low-maintenance gardening.
Susan’s other projects include founding the Lawn Reform Coalition, a national education campaign promoting natural lawn care, regionally appropriate lawn species, and alternatives to lawn altogether; and serving as an Advisory Member of Montgomery Victory Gardens, a campaign to promote and facilitate the growing of food in Montgomery County.
In print, Susan’s articles have appeared in national publications (Organic Gardening, Fine Gardening, Landscape Architecture), and in local newspapers (the Takoma and Silver Spring Voice and the Greenbelt News Review).
Susan gardened with her mother growing up outside Richmond, Virginia, and settled in the D.C. area in 1971. Since ’85 she’s been gardening intensely, first on her hillside property in Takoma Park, Maryland and now in Greenbelt. She attained her Master Gardener certification in Washington, D.C.
Susan has worked with hundreds of DC-area homeowners as a gardening coach – that means working with homeowners one on one, teaching them to create, enhance, and maintain their gardens. She recently retired from garden coaching.
When not writing about gardening, Susan edits and contributes to the community blog and website Greenbelt Live.
To contact her, email: GardenerSusan@gmail.com.
Photo by Rob Cardillo for Organic Gardening Magazine.