Who We Are


SUSAN HARRIS, Founder and Editor of Good Gardening Videos, is a garden writer and teacher in the Washington, DC area. She co-founded the team blog GardenRant in 2006 and continues to post there weekly. Locally, she promotes public gardens and gardening at DC Gardens and on Flickr and also edits and blogs forx Greenbelt Online, the community website for and about the New Deal town of Greenbelt, Maryland.  More bio here, or on LinkedIn.



CHARLIE NARDOZZI, Edibles Editor for GGVideos, is a nationally recognized garden writer, speaker and broadcast personality.  His books include these titles about growing food: Foodscaping,  Vegetable Gardening For Dummies,   Vegetables from an Italian Garden, and Northeast Fruit and Vegetable Gardening.  He consults and coaches people in growing the best vegetables, fruits, flowers, trees, and shrubs in their yards. He has a degree in horticulture and was the senior horticulturist and spokesperson for the National Gardening Association.  Full bio here.



JANE PERRONE curates Houseplant videos for GGVideos, as well as covering the whole of British Gardening on YouTube. She is a freelance writer and presenter who writes for a range of publications, including the GuardianGardens IllustratedGrow Your Own magazineThe English GardenRakes Progress and Learning with Experts. She’s the industry zone editor for the Society of Garden Designers’ magazine, Garden Design Journal.  Jane’s background is in news journalism, having spent more than 20 years working in local newspapers, then the Guardian as a reporter and news desk editor. In 2008 she become gardening editor at the Guardian where she worked until 2017. One of Jane’s special areas of expertise is houseplants; her popular podcast about them is called On The Ledge.

ROBERT PAVLIS  curated Seed-Starting videos for this site. Robert has a background in chemistry and biochemistry and lives in Southern Ontario, Canada (US Zone 5). He’s been gardening at least 30 years, is a Master Gardener, and writes and speaks locally about gardening. His blog Garden Myths  is dedicated to unearthing the truth about gardening, examining and debunking common and not so common myths. It’s written for the general public with no science background. His other blog – Garden Fundamentals – covers gardening and design information.


Advisory Team – Communicators

LINDA LEHMUSVIRTA in Austin, TX has been writing, producing and editing the award-winning public television show Central Texas Gardenersince its debut in 1989. She has a degree in radio/TV/film from UT-Austin. For more, see her full bio here or this GardenRant article about her.

Philadelphia-based FRAN SORIN is a well known broadcaster and writer, having been the gardening authority on NBC and Fox stations there, and reached a national audience on Today Show, CNN, MSNBC, Lifetime, HGTV, DIY, and the Discovery Channel. For over a decade, she’s been the CBS radio news gardening contributor, with her weekly features broadcast throughout the United States. She’s the author of Digging Deep: Unearthing your Creative Roots Through Gardening, and has also written for USA Weekend Magazine, Radius Magazine, and iVillage.com. Fran co-founded the popular group gardening blog Gardening Gone Wild in 2007 and continues as its editor and regular contributor.

DEBRA PRINZING, creator of Slowflowers.com, is a Seattle-based garden communicator, with a background in journalism, landscape design and horticulture. She’s a frequent speaker and regular radio and television guest and author of Slow Flowers; The 50 Mile Bouquet: Local, Seasonal and Sustainable Flowers; Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways, a Garden Writers Association Gold Award book, and The Abundant Garden. She’s a contributing garden editor for Country Gardens and feature writer for the Los Angeles Times’ Home section. She writes for many magazines and is a recent past president of the Association for Garden Communicators.

HOLLY SHIMIZU served as director of the U.S. Botanic Garden from 2000 to 2014, during which time she co-developed the Sustainable Sites Initiative, and became a nationally recognized horticulturist, consultant, and educator. Now retired, Holly speaks, consults, and serves on the boards of the American Horticultural SocietyFriends of the U.S. National Arboretum, the American Botanical Council, the Delaware Botanic Garden, among other important causes. Holly received her degree in horticulture and landscape design from Temple University, a BS in horticulture from Pennsylvania State University, a Masters Degree in Horticulture from the University of Maryland and an honorary PhD from Washington College. Holly hosted the “Victory Garden” television show on WGBH for 12 years.

MAREE GAETANI championed gardening in her 16-year role as Director of Public Relations and Good Works at Gardener’s Supply Company. She has served as Regional Director for the Garden Writers Association and as a Board Director of the American Community Gardening Association. Maree currently serves on the University of Vermont Extension Advisory Board and as Director of Partnerships and Community Relations for Kids Gardening.org.

SHIRLEY BOVSHOW, a Los Angeles-based garden designer, appears as a gardening and design expert on the Emmy-nominated Hallmark Channel show Home & Family and as the landscape expert on HGTV’s “Crowded House.” Shirley also hosts and produces video site Garden Center TV and blogs at EdenMakers and Foodie Gardener. Shirley’s design work has earned “Best of Houzz Design” awards every year since 2012.

GINNY STIBOLT is a gardening columnist for Florida publications and at Floridata.com, and contributes regularly to the Florida Native Plant Society Blog and the Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens Blog. She has authored three books about gardening in Florida for the University Press of Florida. Ginny earned an MS in botany from the University of Maryland.

Advisory Team – Horticulturalists

HOLLY SCOGGINS is an Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech. She served as Director of the Hahn Horticulture Garden from 2002 to 2014 and now teaches Herbaceous Landscape Plants, Greenhouse Management, and Ornamental Plant Production & Marketing. Her research focuses on nursery and greenhouse production of perennials, cut flowers, and most recently, hops. She earned her B.S. (Agricultural Economics) and M.S. (Horticulture) from the University of Georgia, and Ph.D (Horticulture) from North Carolina State University. Her awards include 200 Academic of the Year by the Perennial Plant Association and 2012 Professional of the Year– Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association. Holly now serves as president-election of the Perennial Plant Association, and continues as one of the 9 Garden Professors.

JOSEPH TYCHONIEVICH is one of the leading activists for accurate gardening information blogging as the Garden Professors and managing a worldwide Facebook group of over 10,000 members. Joseph earned his BS in horticulture from Ohio State University and then went to work for Shibamichi Honten Nursery in Saitama, Japan. He’s been a repeated guest on public radio’s The Splendid Table, authored three books and spent two years working at the famed rare-plants nursery Arrowhead Alpines.

CAROL ALLEN earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Maryland in plant science and currently teaches horticulture, landscape design, biodiversity, biology and plant science at the University of Maryland, Maryland Institute College of Art, Community College of Baltimore County, and Montgomery College. Carol has worked in all phases of the horticultural industry and teaches gardening to customers at Behnke Nurseries in Beltsville, MD. She writes and appears in Behnke’s videos and speaks widely on such topics as organic techniques, butterfly gardens, and houseplant care. Carol also writes a column in Washington Gardener Magazine on pest issues. Carol helps review videos for GGVideos, carefully rooting out the ones containing misinformation.