Ms. Roth is a photographer and author specializing in gardening, landscape design and nature. She is an avid life-long gardener and a naturalist by avocation.
For the past several years, she has focused her camera on the intimate landscape of Rock Creek National Park in Washington, D.C.. Her images will accompany her friend Melanie Choukas-Bradley’s beautiful words in their book: A Year in Rock Creek Park – the Wild Wooded Heart of Washington, D.C., to be published by George F. Thompson Publishing in Spring 2014.
Formerly a senior editor at Western Publishing and an editor at Gardening magazine, Ms. Roth has been a freelance writer and photographer for more than 25 years. During that time she worked as a field editor and assignment photographer for Better Homes and Gardens magazine and was a freelance editor for Ortho Books and a book packager for Home Planners Inc.. She is the author or co-author of more than 10 gardening books. She studied photography at the Santa Fe Workshops and the International School of Photography in Manhattan. She maintains an extensive digital stock photography library of garden, plant, and nature images, which are available for licensing for editorial projects, product promotion, advertising, and prints. She also accepts photo assignments.
With a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in horticulture and botany from Cornell University and work experience in the nursery industry, Susan’s combination of scientific training, gardening experience and artistic sensibility gives her photography and writing a rare blend of authenticity and creativity. To date, the books she has authored or packaged have more than one-and-a-half million copies in print, and her photographs appear regularly in national magazines and books. Ms. Roth’s photography and writing have received three awards from the Garden Writers Association of America. She is also a produced playwright.