Author Archive: Susan
Susan Harris started this blog and the Greenbelt Maryland Youtube Channel in 2012 to get to know her new community and have some fun.
Retired from garden writing and teaching, she still blogs for the popular blog Garden Rant.
Susan's primary projects in retirement are DC Gardens, a nonprofit media campaign promoting public gardens and gardening in the DC area and Good Gardening Videos, a nonprofit, ad-free website for curated gardening videos.
Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. My workplace just finished celebrating Diversity Week, with guest speakers, performances, and ethnic food tastings carefully chosen to represent melting-pot America. But for most of our history, this country more aptly resembled a toddler’s dinner plate where the different foods are not allowed to […]
No, this isn’t a scene from the outskirts of Rio. These are local racers, but that doesn’t mean they’re not serious about the sport, or so I gathered from watching and talking with family members and other race-followers and supporters. In fact, these weekly races in Greenbelt Park are the ONLY sanctioned bike races in […]
Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. Ebay makes it easy to collect a decade—just a few clicks and you can own the black rotary phone, Bakelite radio, and chenille bathrobe that evoke the 1930s—but convincingly recreating the past isn’t easy. Historical reenactors seek to sustain historical personas over time, such […]
Walking down Ridge Road from Westway to my house, I stopped to admire and capture what may be the smallest and prettiest “court” in all of GHI: 8 Court Ridge. Just four homes, and their front gardens are a delight. (I think we can we all agree that if a yard is between a home and […]
UPDATE: Here’s Franklin’s blog post about his visit to Greenbelt. Franklin Vagnone is the genius behind Twisted Preservation, a “cultural and museum consulting firm.” Just not your normal consultant. He’s a preservationist with a manifesto – for a more experiential, real-life presentation of historic homes than the usual “beige experience,” as he calls it. So […]
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, this blog is featuring our very own Greenbelt National Park. Superintendent Matt Carroll was appointed to the job just last summer, so he’s celebrating an anniversary, too. I asked for an interview and he was happy to help Greenbelters get to know him a […]
I remember being advised, when I first moved into my small GHI home, that I’d better keep the walls all white so the rooms would look larger. I may have mumbled I like color but quietly I was thinking “Boring!” So I thought it would be fun to post to the Unofficial GHI Facebook Group […]
Recently I launched a new website that curates gardening videos, and I’ve been blogging about it on the team blog Garden Rant (celebrating 10 years this month!). So I wasn’t too surprised when the Connecticut-based videographer Patrick Volk emailed me about his gardening videos. Patrick lives with his family in New Haven, where a neighbor happens to be the long-time […]
Two days after the horrific events in Orlando the good people of Greenbelt held a vigil for the victims. The event was initiated by GreenBeLT Pride, and I know the community thanks them for it – I sure do. Lauren Cummings spoke movingly and read the names of all the victims as a candle was […]
Does anyone have problems in their GHI yard, or solutions to suggest for others? Then leave a comment here or even better, come to this weeks’ Board of Directors meeting to comment on a task force being proposed to explore solutions in GHI yards. (The meeting is Thursday, June 2 at 7:30.) Below is the proposal […]
Some Greenbelters don’t even know we have a National Park just across Greenbelt Road, with campsites, trails, and more. So for 2016, the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, this blog is featuring Greenbelt Park, starting with a Big Events Update. June 4, 2016 is American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, the country’s largest celebration […]
Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” Washed-out newscaster Howard Beale’s howl of rage at “the system” thundered on screens in 1976 and reverberated throughout popular discourse. Even if you never saw the movie, you knew the phrase. You […]
The term “Plant Swap” may not convey what actually happened yesterday outside the GHI offices – the popular event organized by GHI’s Woodlands Committee. Above wearing a baseball cap is Mary-Denise Smith, who organized the event with help from committee chair Kathy Jarva. The swap is always open to all Greenbelters, not just GHI members. […]
Now playing at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Review by Anna Socrates. In graduate school, I shared an apartment with a music student. We were both Michigan girls, but couldn’t be more different, even though people always said that we looked like sisters. More accurately, I was the preppy kid sister in a Fair Isle sweater, […]
Greenbelt was one of just “10 Towns that Changed America” in the PBS series “10 that Changed America.” Here’s the 5.5-minute segment of the show about Greenbelt. Click here to see the other nine: St. Augustine, FL; Philadelphia; Salt Lake City; Riverside, IL; Pullman, IL; Levittown, NY; Southwest DC; Seaside, FL; and the Pearl District […]
With the polls closed on this primary election night, I can finally post this classic Greenbelt production without having to give equal time to Clinton (as if such a thing exists). Song and video by Joe Harris, who wrote on Facebook, “Our neighborhood made a thing… a thing for Bernie Sanders!!! A big thanks to […]
This was the scene this morning at the Northway mulch/compost/wood-chip operation. Very impressive! So out came the smart phone for photos and a 20-minute video, too. Mulch v. Compost I drove up the hill toward the observatory to find plenty of fresh-chopped leaf mulch and, just to the left, last year’s leaf mulch that has […]
Maybe the best way to fight the state highway is to split it up. By Jeff Lemieux . This is a picture I took last year at the Maryland State Highway Administration’s (SHA’s) District 3 offices in Greenbelt. I don’t even remember what the meeting I attended was about. Instead of listening to the speakers, […]
After years of working to bring bus service to Greenbelt, it’s official, and the first bus rolled into town Easter morning, greeted by Mayor Emmett Jordan. Via Facebook, he invited residents to join him at 7 a.m. to celebrate the arrival of the first bus arriving at Roosevelt Center. Another group of Greenbelters met and rode the bus that […]
One of our two sister cities – Greenhills, Ohio – held a Share your Memories Day in 2012 and made a video using lots of the stuff people brought from home. We don’t recognize the people but boy, does their Community Center look familiar. (Ours looks prettier!) Video by the Greenhills Historical Society. I follow […]