Some nice press for Garden Walk



Maybe some of you are familiar with this publication. I’d never seen it, but it’s out of Maine, and has a Northeast distribution. In any case, People, Places and Plants has given Garden Walk Buffalo its first magazine cover.


There are several reasons we’ve been trying to spread the word about Garden Walk nationally. First—and probably foremost—we’re trying to polish Buffalo’s image just a bit. Even though it is true that we spend most of the year huddled in a football stadium in our parkas drinking beer and eating wings, there are a few other things—like our arts scene, our great architecture, and our wonderful urban gardeners. Buffalo=gardens is a lot better than Buffalo=Rust Belt poster child for post-industrial stagnation.


But it’s not all boosterism. We believe that beautification efforts like community gardens, plantings in medians and traffic circles, and even grants for house-by-house gardens can help revitalize urban neighborhoods. I have seen cases where suburban visitors have been inspired by Garden Walk to move back to the city, and the stats show property values rising in neighborhoods as they join the walk. It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s unique, as far as I know. Certainly, there are a lot of garden tours across the country but I’ve seen none so far that are as large and as free of judging and fees.

It’s July 28-29 this year. If the trip is feasible (many of you are quite close) you might want to consider a visit; the Rant team will be present and we’re planning a special event, just for GW volunteers, media, and bloggers.

There will be cocktails.

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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 regular 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. I keep trying to figure out how to bring a GW to D.C. Would bring some nice publicity to a city whose residents have no vote in Congress and whose former mayor famously smoked crack.

  2. I love to see people committed to their cities even when the city isn’t making the “best places to live” list every year. And I love cocktails. Wish I could visit…

  3. I’d love to come to that garden walk but this year…family wedding. Count me in for next year though!!! That was a nice article in PPP. I know it will help enhance your attendance!

  4. Oddly enough, I live around where the magazine is produced, and I still haven’t seen it, in spite of vowing to check it out.

    Apparently it is available mostly at garden centers, and when I get to a nursery, plant lust gives me tunnel vision.

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