Susan Appleget Hurst

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Country Gardens Magazine 1716 Locust St Des Moines, Iowa 50309

Susan is the editor of Country Gardens, a quarterly published by the Better Homes and Gardens family of magazines. A warm and engaging presenter, Susan leaves her audience feeling inspired and ready to 'play' with plants.

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Susan's recent how-to on hardy succulents in up-cycled terra cotta in Fall 2013 Country Gardens.



Susan Appleget Hurst began her garden communications career in 2000 by publishing IowaGardener.com, and The Iowa Gardener’s Guide. Her columns and stories have appeared in The Des Moines Register and Iowa Gardener, and from 2003 through 2010 she wrote and edited for Meredith magazines, notably Country Gardens, Garden Shed, and Better Homes and Gardens. Susan regularly contributed to Country GardensGarden Ideas, and Easy Garden Projects, both published by Meredith Corporation from 2009-20017, and in 2017 she rejoined Meredith and now serves as the editor of Country Gardens magazine. She has also served as a judge for the APLD Landscape Design Awards international competition and the American Horticulture Society Book awards. 


Susan Appleget Hurst is currently the editor of Country Gardens magazine, having returned to Meredith in 2017. She has also worked as a speaker, producer and writer of location and project stories for national magazines, such as Easy Garden ProjectsGarden Ideas magazine and Country Gardens magazine (Meredith Corp.), Flea Market Style and Flea Market Gardens magazines (Harris), and Iowa Gardener (State-by-State Gardening.)

Susan was the publisher and editor of IowaGardener.com, the first online subscription-based resource for gardening hobbyists in the state.  A contributor to The Des Moines Register, Susan wrote a weekly garden advice column during 2001-2003, and is a former co-host on the live call-in show, Gardening Today, on Newsradio 1040 WHO in Des Moines.

Susan has made several guest appearances on Living the Country Life on RFD-TV, many guest spots on radio and television stations in the Midwest, and she continues to speak at consumer garden shows and symposia. Speaking engagements include International Master Gardener Conference (2015); Lauritzen Antiques and Garden Show (2015); Omaha Flower and Garden Show (2013); St. Louis Garden Symposium (2009); Memphis Antiques, Garden & Gourmet Show (2008); Columbus Flower and Garden Show (2008); Boise Flower and Garden Show (2006); and many events in Iowa. Susan has enjoyed presenting to audiences of up to 450, and as few as 6.

In January 2013, Susan completed a three-year term on the judging committee of the American Horticulture Society National Book Awards (2 years as chair), and is also a past judge on the APLD International Landscape Design Awards (2009.) Susan served as treasurer on the board of Women, Food and Agriculture Network 2010-2013.

A devoted gardener and a graduate of the Introductory Sommelier Course at the Court of Master Sommeliers, Susan manages to find fun in her work every day. 


From Plate to Plate: Growing and Using Herbs

Herbs are the natural next step for the legion of 'foodies' to become acquainted with growing their own edibles. Easier and less demanding to grow than most vegetables, the flavor of fresh herbs inspires even non-gardeners to learn more about growing food gardens. Susan Appleget Hurst, a Master Gardener in Iowa and former garden editor at Better Homes and Gardens and other magazines, takes you through a crash course on growing culinary herbs. You'll also pick up harvesting and preserving tips and a few basic recipes that make it simple to enjoy herbs every day of the year.


Plants on the Page: Garden Design Lessons From Magazines

Alternative title: Garden Design Without Blueprints

All those pretty pictures in garden magazines are beautifully inspiring, but how do you turn that inspiration into a garden that works for your yard? Hint: you don't start with graph paper or a color wheel! Susan Appleget Hurst, a Master Gardener in Iowa and former garden editor at Better Homes and Gardens and other magazines, shares the lessons she learned about garden design from scouting hundreds of gardens. She’ll break down the elements of all those ‘pretty pictures’ to help you develop your own garden design sense—and you know more than you think you do!

40 Fast and Fabulous Ideas for Outdoor Decor

Hold on to your hats for this one! Get 40 great garden and outdoor decor and design ideas that you can put together yourself. See simple ways to repurpose household and hardware items, cool ways to use plants in pots, and ingenious ideas for expressing your creative side outdoors.




Susan serves as editor of Country Gardens magazine, based in Des Moines, Iowa, and open to traveling anywhere that she can share the pleasures of gardening.

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Captivating and On-point

Susan Anderson from Davenport - 04/11/2018 09:47:28

Susan delivered an informative, delightfully visual presentation followed by a live demonstration empowering the audience to succeed with their succulent container.

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Grinnell Area Garden Club

Karen Lowell from Grinnell, IA - 12/07/2017 16:07:08

Susan gave a wonderful talk at our first meeting to kick off our Winter Series of lectures. She was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We were all inspired to work on our "Garden Design" and make them as beautiful as those in her magazines. Everyone just loved her talk.

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Des Moines County Master Gardeners

Mary Saxton from Burlington , Iowa - 10/25/2016 17:52:05

Susan was the presenter at our Fall Seminar Oct. 22, 2016. The overwhelming response from attendees was positive. Some the comments: Excellent speaker, presenter was knowledgeable, funny and willing to answer questions,please have her back!

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