Your cart’s in the mail



What an impossible and nearly-miserable task this was! There were only five carts to give and close to 60 entries where other garden bloggers described the five plants they’d put in a cart. I guess I’m lucky there are fewer garden bloggers than in other fields. Anyway, I went through the comments a few times, ruled out those where there was no blog (some added this later, which was fine), or those who declined a cart, and chose about 15 faves. Then I narrowed—painfully—and what I came up with is as follows:

Gina/My Skinny Garden did what she could with my silly catastrophe concept (as did Kitt), but I liked Gina’s “there is no way I could go on in a tomato-less world.”

Both Apple/My Sister’s Garden and Kathy/Cold Climate Gardening linked to their blogs where there were interesting stories about the plants in question. I was very impressed that Kathy had grown a trumpet lily from seed. Beverley Nichols did it regularly, but he had a more forgiving terroir.

Tamra/ Eat Seasonally is a passionate food grower who had some great things to say about red velvet okra and edible daylily buds, among other things, while Vivian/ This is the place also brought passion and memories to her descriptions, but what won my heart is her decision to save dandelions.

Thank you all for writing so sincerely and fascinatingly about your plants. Thanks, Troy-Bilt!

In the event I made a mistake and one of the bloggers above can’t take a cart, I have runners-up in mind, for sure, since really, ALL the entries were wonderful. Oh, and Jim/Art of Gardening, very funny!

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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. Elizabeth – I am so freakin excited I can’t even tell you!! Thank you so much for doing this. I promise to put this awesome cart to good use. Long Live The Tomato!

  2. Congrats to all the cart winners ! We will all look to you when the next catastrophe hits to see what’s in your cart.
    And to Elizabeth, my hat goes off to you in making this difficult decision.
    I enjoyed reading the many posts – fun and entertaining.

  3. Did you send me an email? I wouldn’t have known I’d won if it hadn’t been for gina’s plurk, which made me curious who the other winners were. I am still in a daze . . . am I supposed to send you my postal address?

  4. Jim/Art of Gardening – for that wonderful entry I’m half-tempted to schlep up to Buffalo to be part of your next GardenWalk… as long as it includes another party in your garden. Even without dancing.

  5. No prizes please, just think of me fondilingly when you think of me.

    Unless, of course, the prize is a visit from Susan Harris during Garden Walk Buffalo…

    Speaking of which – if anyone reads the Cleveland Plain Dealer, or the Hamilton Spectator in Ontario, look for articles on our Garden Walk in the next week or so.

  6. Wow, I’m so thrilled! I was absolutely gob smacked. Thanks so much it will actually come in really handy. I’ve been using an old rusty, slowly disintegrating, wheelbarrow that I found in the backyard when I moved in.

  7. OK, I want all to know that Jim/AoG has a lovely, wonderful wife Leslie and there is no reason for him to think of anyone else in any way.

  8. Congratulations to all the winners! I read all the posts, and I could NOT have made a decision because they were all wonderful.

    But — this has made me start a blog of my very own, just for the fun of keeping a record of my garden and its changes. I didn’t know how to do it, but now I do and above is the link. It’s very new.

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