Coming to the interwebs near you



Don’t look now, but the Garden Examiners are multiplying, and we’re happy to say that many of them are coming from the world of garden blogging. An online news source that has the usual hard news, lifestyle, and entertainment categories, has been hiring garden writers to post 3-5 times a week on garden topics of their choice. I don’t really like the idea of one big .com providing news for the whole country, but I do like the idea of garden writers providing local information with that amount of frequency.

I was particularly interested in this column by the Denver GE, Mary Choate, in which she advises gardeners to visit local preserves if they want to see what really works in their area, and has this to say about peer-enforced gardening habits.

Some gardeners seek to help their water-loving plants by employing the full force of their democratic ability to require their neighbors to also provide irrigated lawns and otherwise change the ecology to something it originally wasn’t. These codified zoning laws and municipal (or quasi-municipal) ordinances are generally as bad for the unwilling homeowner as for the biosphere itself.

If you care to check out other Examiner columns, you’ll find

•Carol/May Dreams recommending a garden book without fancy photography;
•Dee/Red Dirt Rambling talking about native grasses;
• Mary Ann/Idaho Gardener boosting CSAs;
•Robin/Bumblebee interviewing an author about the original wild gardener; and
•TC enthusing about sustainable gardening.

I won’t say that all the stuff is always that different from ordinary print garden columns, but it is a welcome addition, and the frequency allows for a diverse range of advice, not just what to do in the spring, early summer, late summer, etc.

No Buffalo outlet yet, but I’m ready for my close-up!

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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. Thanks for the linkage love Elizabeth. We could all use it. One thing I do like about is the locality of it. They don’t tell us what subjects to discuss, or how to write the columns. It is entirely up to us, so we sink or swim on our own.~~Dee

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