Once more in Buffalo—this time for the GWA

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Those of you who belong to the Garden Writers Association know that its annual conference happens in Buffalo August 4–7. Here’s a video our local tourism agency and GardensBuffaloNiagara.com (the group that runs Garden Walk) made to help lure the conference. Not that it took much convincing. Many GWAers were first exposed to Buffalo’s amazing gardening culture in 2010, when we had the annual bloggers meet-up there, and know firsthand how much there is to see in Western New York, gardeningwise.

If you’re a GWA member and haven’t registered, click here to learn more about this garden-obsessed area and watch the whole video (which we’ve also shared on the Rant Facebook page). The tours that GWA has planned are spot-on to take full advantage of it. You’ll be able to see the charming Cottage District (without the Garden Walk crowds), Buffalo’s Olmsted park system, Mike and Kathy Shadrack’s creekside paradise, and a garden shed that must be seen to be believed. There’s a lot more; you can find the whole schedule here. Architecture buffs in particular must not miss this conference.

I’m normally not a big conference fan. Too much sitting in stuffy hotel seminar rooms. Too much bad banquet food. And I hate nametags. But the GWA conference is pretty cool, as conferences go, because half of every day is spent in the open air, touring gardens. I’ll be manning one of the tour buses and doing some hosting—let me know if you’re coming! (Susan will be there too—dunno about my other Rant partners.)

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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

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