Is one of Canada’s leading garden writers. She has been the gardening columnist for Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail since 1990 ; makes speeches across the country; was the Editor-at-Large of Gardening Life magazine until it folded in November/08. She has been an editor at Chatelaine and Maclean’s; written 15 gardening books, lives in Toronto and run MARJORIE HARRIS GARDENS, a plant consulting business.
2011 Completed work on The Thrifty Gardener for House of Anansi to be published in March 2012; continues as garden Columnist for The Globe and Mail; features in Canadian Gardening, Zoomer magazine; produces newsletter for Rittenhouse.ca. Appearances in Port Hope Home & Garden Tour; John Szczepaniak Garden Tour in Ottawa; Speaking to Edmonton Horticultural Society; leading garden tour to Italy . Continues to operate MARJORIE HARRIS GARDENS throughout Toronto, Port Hope and Mississaugua.
2010: Thrifty: Living the Frugal Life With Style published by House of Anansi; features in Chatelaine, Zoomer, Garden Design Magazine. Continues to design gardens including some of Canada best known architects. Speaker at Toronto Botanical Gardens; The Big Backyard Show in Ottawa; and Manotick Garden Society.
2009: new revised edition of Ecological Gardening published by Random House in March. Features in Zoomer, House & Home, Chatelaine. Establishes Marjorie Harris Gardens, designing gardens for private clients.
2008: featured in Zoomer magazine as a Tastemaker; returned to freelance writing for Zoomer, House & Home and other publications.
2007: Speeches: Steinbach, Manitoba; Canada Blooms; Ottawa, Ont; McMaster University; Van Dusen Gardens, Vancouver; Indigo Books in Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa; McNally & Rand, Winnipeg; Calgary Plant & Garden Show; How to Make A Garden: Seven Essential Steps for Canadian Gardeners, published in March by Random House. Member of the Board of the Toronto Botanical Garden. Memoir of June Callwood, June issue of Chatelaine magazine; tribute to Doris Anderson, Canadian Journal of Women’s Studies; Autumn Planting for EcoOptions magazine; forward to For The Love of Trees. Papers donated to McMaster University. Board of Toronto Botanical Gardens.
2006 Speeches: St. Andrew’s by the Sea; Barrie Plant & Garden Show; Huntsville Plant and Garden Show. The Mayor’s Roundtable for the Beautiful City. Board of Toronto Botanical Garden
2005 Speeches: Peterborough Business Women’s Association; Edwards Lecturer Toronto Botanical Gardens with Margaret Macmillan. Mayor’s Rountdable for the Beautiful City.
Previous speeches: Barrie Plant & Garden Show; Canada Blooms (2002, 2001, 2000), Victoria Plant & Garden Show; Civic Garden Centre (Toronto); Deerhurst Inn, The Copper Leaf (Jordan, Ont), Thunder Bay, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Edmonton, Huntsville, Ont.
2004: Co-author with Margaret Macmillan and Anne Desjardins, Canada’s House published by Knopf Canada.
2003: Revised editions of Pocket Gardening and MH’s Favorite Garden Tips published in spring; and publication of Botanica North America: The Illustrated Guide to our Native Plants, Their Botany, History and The way They have Shaped Our World. in autumn.
2000: Seasons of My Garden published in paperback; columnist Globe and Mail.
1999: Publication of Seasons of My Garden, HarperCollins; Patron: Civic Garden Centre.
1998: Guest speaker and Honourary Patron, Canada Blooms. Books: Pocket Gardening: A Guide to Gardening in Impossible Places published by HarperCollins in February. Board of Princess Margaret Hospital Gardens of Inspiration Tour.
1996: The Healing Garden published by HarperCollins in May; revised edition of Ecological Gardening and in paperback Four-Season Gardening (formerly Foliage & Garden Design); co-Editor, Toronto Life GARDENS premiered in April, 1996.
1995: Articles in Chatelaine Gardens!, The Globe & Mail. In the Garden: thoughts on changing seasons published by HarperCollins, September.
1994: Publication of Marjorie Harris’ Favorite Garden Tips, and Marjorie Harris Favorite Shade Plants; Favorite Perennials; Favorite Annuals and Favorite Flowering Shrubs published by HarperCollins
1993: The Canadian Gardener’s Guide to Foliage & Garden Design published by Random House in September 1993. Gardening items on Radio Noon & Gabereau; Member of the Board of The Civic Garden Centre
1992: The Canadian Gardener’s Year published in September; member of the Board of The Civic Garden Centre. Regular garden commentator on CBC’s Radio Noon Phone In; and Gabereau!.
1991: Ecological Gardening Your Path to a Healthy Garden, Random House; Better House and Planet, Ecological household hints, Key Porter. Garden articles for Canadian Gardening, Toronto Life.
1990: The Canadian Gardener A Guide to Gardening in Canada, Random House; magazine pieces in Report on business Magazine, Toronto Life, Canadian Gardening; garden featured in City and Country Home. Gardening items on CBC’s Morningside.
1989: Report on Business Magazine; Toronto Life; garden book reviews in The Toronto Star; guest appearances on CBC’s Metro Morning and Morningside.
1988: Gardening articles in Toronto Star, Toronto Life magazine; regular on Metro Morning as The Urban Gardener; regular garden columnist Chatelaine.
1987: Everyday Law: A Survival Guide for Canadians co-author with Jack Batten; magazine articles in Physician’s Guide, Applied Arts Quarterly; Toronto Life.
1984-86: Sciencescape, co-author with Dr. David Suzuki; photo editor Times to Remember; magazine articles in Financial Post Magazine, Successful Executive, Toronto Life, Toronto Star.
1979-84: Articles published in all magazines mentioned above plus Chatelaine and Flare. Biweekly column in The Canadian (Cityspan section). Co-editor with Anna Porter on Farewell to the Seventies; writer of Toronto: City of Neighborhoods.
1978: Writer-editor, Toronto Star. Biweekly columnist for The Canadian
1973-77: Associate Editor Chatelaine . Produced radio documentaries for CBC including interviewing, writing scripts and production.
1971-73: Freelance writing for all major Canadian magazines including: Saturday Night, Chatelaine, Weekend, The Canadian, Artscanada, Quest, Toronto Life. Subjects ranged from design, art, feminism, politics and consumerism; writing and producing documentaries for CBC radio. Regular guest on This Country in the Morning (Peter Gzowski) CBC radio.
1966-71: Staff writer and senior editor Maclean’s Magazine, regular guest commentator on Gerussi! (CBC radio).