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Susan Reimer Knows Gardening on the Internet

Gardenbloggers visiting Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY, July 2010

Mark your calendars for [past Behnke event] because that’s when the Baltimore Sun’s very own writer and gardenblogger Susan Reimer will be at the Beltsville location talking about:  “Gardening on the Internet: How to learn, plan, chat, shop and otherwise garden without getting your hands dirty.

Here’s what Susan tells us about it.

When The Sun asked me, first, to be a gardening columnist and, then, to be the gardening blogger at garden Variety at Garden Variety, I realized I had a lot of learning to do.  And I was able to do a heck of a lot of it on the Internet — from RSS feeds on gardening stories in The Washington Post and the New York Times to other garden blogs and to web sites associated with colleges and universities.

The talk I have prepared takes a brief – very brief – tour of those kinds of sites and all the assets gardeners can find on the Internet. From garden conversations to landscape designs to the latest news about stink bugs and tomato blight.

I think garden centers and garden clubs are the best venues for this kind of talk. Many of those in attendance are just getting to learn their way around the Internet – the kids have been there since grade school – and I think they’ll be surprised by how much is out there.

In addition, I think the Internet is how we will communicate with the next generation of gardeners.

See, she knows her stuff, and not because she sits in an office researching the topic, either.  Susan somehow finds the time (when she isn’t covering actual news) to attend garden-writer and garden-blogger meet-ups, like the big garden-blogger event in Buffalo last summer.  In the photo above, taken at this totally-fun gathering of 70 garden bloggers from across North America (including yours truly) Susan is wearing a red top and holding her ever-ready reporter’s pad.  (The bloggers were all jealous of her special reporter’s notebooks – you can’t just buy them at CVS, ya know.)

More about Susan Reimer

A native of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Ohio University, Susan was hired by The Sun in 1979 as one of the first full-time women sportswriters in the country. In that capacity, she covered the Colts, the Orioles, the Stars of the USFL, the Triple Crown of horse-racing, the America’s Cup of yachting, the Super Bowl, the NBA championships, the World Series and the Sugar Bowl.

In 1993, The Sun asked Susan to write a column about her life as a wife and the working mother of school-aged children. She has been the recipient of the National Headliner Award for her column, and the A.D. Emmert Prize for a cover story on the nature of forgiveness and the Vivian Castleberry Award for her writing about women. A collection of her columns is titled, “Motherhood is a Contact Sport.”

She is married to Gary Mihoces, a sportswriter for USA Today, and is the mother of two adult children.  They live in Annapolis.

Susan is a student of yoga and is an intern in the University of Maryland’s Master Gardener program. And if it were not for books on CD, she might not have time to read at all.

Photo Credit:  Mumble Bee.

by Susan Harris

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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