The pay-off


At the unspeakably beautiful Bloedel Reserve.

The pay-off

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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. Love this photo, Elizabeth. If I’m traveling to Seattle, what do you think is the one must-see garden? Alternately, which garden is bite-size enough that a family of indifferent gardeners could stand it?

  2. Oh. My.

    Suddenly I have a desire to get back to the humid green South. Not the same climate, I know. But to be surrounded by all those lovely green growing things !

  3. Why do you think Sid’s in Chicago really went out of business?

    Large location of Pike’s Nursery closing in Atlanta, GA.


    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  4. A couple years ago I saw Bloedel and Buchart on the same trip. I have decided there is such a thing as too many flowers — and way too many people. Bloedel was such a lovely contrast.

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