A Garden Rant meet-up at Garden Walk Buffalo: July 28-29



Susan was only partially kidding about a real-time face-to-face meet-up. Here’s an invitation from all of us:

Walk with the ranters! Rant with the walkers! See over 250 beautiful urban gardens during a free self-guided weekend garden tour—and meet all four Garden Ranters, as well as some of your other fellow garden bloggers.

Blogging and emailing are all very well, but just as we wouldn’t enjoy limiting ourselves to virtual flowers, we’d really like to meet you all in person. We’re putting together a series of Garden Rant events, and the first one seemed a natural: a meet-up at Garden Walk Buffalo, which is a (somewhat) central location for Northeastern, Midwestern, and Southern Ontario garden bloggers and blog-readers, and a plausible destination for others, given that this is one of the largest, if not the largest, garden tours in the U.S.

Here’s what we’ve got lined up so far:

Garden Walk itself. Elizabeth will make sure you get maps in advance, and all the practical information you need to enjoy the walk. She can advise on travel and accommodations. She’ll also help you out with information on other local tourist attractions, like Niagara Falls (15 minutes away), the world-renowned Albright-Knox Art Museum, the Botanical Gardens (with a 1905 Lord & Burnham Glass House), the nearby Glass Flowers of Harvard show at the Corning Museum of Glass, area wineries, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House, and all the many other reasons why Buffalo is the place to be in late July.

Book signing with Amy Stewart, noon, Saturday, July 28, at Talking Leaves Bookstore, 951 Elmwood Ave. This is actually on the Garden Walk route and is a good opportunity to check out Amy’s latest book, Flower Confidential, or get your copy signed.

Cocktail get-together at a Garden Walk home. All of our fellow garden bloggers and readers are invited to this (provided they make it to Buffalo). It will be 5:30 – 7:30 (or so) on Saturday, July 28. The other guests will be area media, visiting media, and members of the Garden Walk committee. We promise great food, drink, and company in a beautiful private garden. If you think you can come, Elizabeth will email you with the location.

As for other opportunities to meet and hang out, we can set those up informally as the weekend draws nigh.

So, whaddaya say? Anybody up for this? We hope so, because we know it will be a blast. Let us know through comments or by emailing Elizabeth at ealicataatyahoo.com.

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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 yahoo.com


  1. Woo-hoo! I am so excited about this. I’ll be the one in the GardenRant t-shirt! Seriously, if any of you are withing a reasonable driving distance, we hope to see you at the party. And by the way, this is the first time that the four of us will all meet in person!

  2. So awesome that you will all be travelling to Buffalo. Please come visit us at Urban Roots, and give us your best advise on products and plants. You could visit my scrappy yard too. Hope to meet some of you late in July!

  3. Country Girl & I have been looking forward to Garden Walk for months now. Our room is already booked and we look forward to meeting everyone! I’ll send Elizabeth an email.

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