I went to a garden party …



Yesterday was Jean’s victory party. Friends and neighbors gathered to celebrate the survival of her garden, in spite of persistent challenges from city of Buffalo inspectors. It’s looking good, too. The rudbeckia are just about over, but the zinnia, cosmos, and chokecherry look terrific. A Buffalo News reporter and photographer were there as well, and the photog kindly look the picture of me and Jean, above. What’s in our glasses? Veuve Cliquot, baby.

With minimal trepidation I also share Jean’s version of Ricky Nelson’s “Garden Party.” She is assisted here by local writer Pat Donovan and Fred Sachs (I didn’t do such a great job keeping him in the frame). One verse should give you the flavor—anyway, it took me a while to remember that my camera also does video.

Here’s today’s Buffalo News story, which has some of the lyrics.

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at yahoo.com


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