More “horrible-garden-project” winners



Here’s SuzyQ’s fountain made from millstones and its accompanying wall; her four-year travail before arriving at this point was definitely one of the best stories I got from this post. The result certainly looks worth it to me! The basin for the fountain is buried—a stock tank—the water bubbles up through the millstones.


And here is a view of the school that will benefit from Vera Patrick’s educational hands-on landscaping project for special needs kids in Illinois. I should mention that Vera does all this as a volunteer. As far as I can tell from other images she sent, large foundation plantings have been removed so that the garden can be installed.

So, as you see, the “horrible” part of this is not to be taken too literally.

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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


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