Oh crap, the zombies got into the garden again



I hate it when that happens.

Actually this garden sculpture has been around for a while, but it’s the first time I’ve come across it. The artist is Alan Dickinson. It’s in the Toscano catalog, a mail order design company that has quite a number of extraordinary items on offer.

Would I have something like this in my front garden now if I thought it wouldn’t get ripped off? Sure! Though I’m not a fan of having too many manmade objects around during the actual gardening season, for Halloween and Christmas, when there’s nothing else worth looking at, all bets are off. I love wild light and decor displays at those times, and wish I had a more accessible outlet for LED lights. Oh well. Too late to set up some animated coffins this year. Doomed to tastefulness, again!

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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


  1. What I like about this particular sculpture is the fact it is not a ghoul or blood sucking vampire.

    Could it be an eample of Americans climbing out of debt or being buried by it….

    Trying to escape the political ads or again being swallowed by them.

    Or perhaps my favorite take….running from the morass of consumerism and escaping to a garden…………

    The (conservative capitalist but enough already) TROLL

  2. OK, that’s just plain creepy … perfect for Halloween! Now that my kids are somewhat grown (24 & 19, old enough to know better, young enough not to care), I don’t decorate for Halloween. At a friend’s suggestion, though, I’m going to look for a scary monster mask to place on top of the cut off tree limb that’s sitting in the front garden. His name will be Ike, of course.

  3. Fabulous. We had World Zombie Day last Sunday, here in Nashville with a Zombie Walk …a fund raiser no less. Zombies must be the latest rage.

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