Colors of equality


shutterstock_71106433Those lanterns weren’t nearly gay enough. In celebration of Friday’s SCOTUS marriage equality decision, and in solidarity with all of my friends and colleagues who have already availed themselves of this freedom or who are now able to, here is some rainbow/garden imagery I found on Shutterstock.

shutterstock_113748583Like Susan, I am not at all sure what a “relentlessly gay” yard is supposed to look like; like our commenters, I think that the “hate note” may have been a hoax; and, finally, like many straight gardeners everywhere, I find myself in awe of the garden magic many of my LGBT friends are able to create.

shutterstock_24307762In any case, it’s great to be able to have a nationwide celebration of love, for a change.

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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. All right, I have always loved rainbow/spectrum arrangements of anything–and the photos I’ve seen recently, corporate and not, in celebration of this particular iteration of equality in marriage (for which I am very happy) have been a joy to behold. I happen to enjoy those colors–and really, any gem-tone hue (I hope I’m not slaughtering color terms) and metals (lovel, love, love copper) in designs.

    I’ve never believed there was so much love in the world that we had to enact laws against it–the world, planet and inhabitants, can always use more love.

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