Good news, bad news


According to Editor and Publisher, Garden & Gun (which we’ve posted about before) has been voted the 2nd hottest new magazine launch of 2007 by the Media Industry Newsletter. Cited are its “enterprising concept” and “top editorial team.” I’m always thrilled when new magazines make it. I’m a magazine editor, after all—constantly taunted by my more rabid blogger/webdaily friends who claim that print periodicals just don’t know they’re dead. But having a magazine with garden in the title named a hot launch is even better. That’s the good news.

The bad? Yeah, I know it’s supposed to be a cool mag, but I could do without the gun part. (A free subscription might change my mind.)

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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


  1. Now that I live in a place where it has been advised that I wear neon orange attire while I am out in the garden at this time of year, Garden and Gun might have some handy tips I could use. I certainly can’t wear my new plush brown robe out on the deck right now, the path the gentlemen use to head into the woods is right at the top of the hill on our fence line and looks right down on the house. A Big Fuzzy Brown thing is moving down there. I think not.

  2. Magazines are NOT dead! It’s impossible to read your favourite blogs in the bathtub (unless that suicidal tint of having high electricity gear close to water gives you a kick) or kill a fly with a rolled up laptop. Reading a mag is also a quite different way of relaxing than reading blogs on the computer.

    I have to admit that recieving a “Garden & Gun” periodical would give me a few odd looks here in Sweden, though.

  3. Christopher C, I never walk off the road this time of year in the country, even with my bright orange scarf.

    Garden & Gun, a title which never, ever fails to make me laugh, also reminds me of the great fun I had working for Bill Weld when he was governor of Massachusetts. In our first interview, he asked me what I did when I wasn’t working, I said, “Garden.”

    “I like gardens and woods and things,” he said and told me he was a hunter. Then he gave me the job.

    Outdoorsmen of all persuasions just understand each other.

  4. The title makes me laugh too. I saw a copy a few months ago. There were a few gardening articles but not many. I found it amusing that the big blurbs they put in the middle of articles to get your attention were always comments the garden owner made about hunting or killing some defenseless animal. No thanks.

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