Top Ten Twelve Reasons to Attend the GR Meet-Up at GW


Over the next few posts, I will be tormenting you all with further propaganda on our upcoming Buffalo event. Please keep in mind that I do this for your own good. You truly do not know what you’ll be missing. Here’s some of it:

#12 This.

And 260 other private gardens. Some of them are expansive, with distinct themes (water, containers, perennial borders) for each area. Some of them are smaller than your kitchen—but still pretty cool.

#11 Funnel cake, anyone?

Largely because we’re known for our cold winters, we’ve become experts at squeezing every last bit of fun out of our summers. So if you decide you’ve had enough gardens, you can check out what else we’ve got going on that weekend. At last count, I saw we had the Buffalo Infringement Festival, a Lebanese festival, a gospel festival, a Fabulous Fifties Fest, a car show, a horse show, a farm festival, a combo wildlife/Renaissance festival (because those two things just naturally go together), and at least 3 lawn fetes. And that’s just one weekend. (I have to compile a festival calendar for the magazine and it freaks me out.)

#10 Highbrow stuff

Oh yeah, we got culture, too. For example, Shakespeare in Delaware Park will be presenting Othello over the weekend of Garden Walk, each evening at dusk. Here’s what our young theater critic said about the New York actor who’s playing the lead: “recalls the dignity and presence of Laurence Fishburne (who played Othello opposite Kenneth Branagh’s villainous Iago in a 1995 film).” Am I embarrassed that the only performance reference he could come up with is from a 1995 movie? Kind of. These kids today.

#9 A vision never to be forgotten

Here’s your opportunity to experience Susan’s “hippie chick” dancing. OK, OK, I know many of you think this should be #1. It’s just that it is such a compelling reason to attend our meet-up I had to mention it right away. I’m trying to find a movie or TV reference—would it be like Goldie Hawn in Laugh-In or more like Wild in the Streets? It boggles the mind. Would there be a scarf involved? Is tie-dye a prerequisite? I must know, and I know you must too. No hints, Susan!

(The next three reasons will appear in Sunday’s post. And so on. If you get sick of it, just scroll down and make fun of my inability to identify a noxious weed.)

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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. Hey, reason number 12 proves it. You’re an urban gardener, not a country girl who knows what a dock is because if she doesn’t kill it in time, the seeds will hook into her old dog’s fur and cause untold misery for dog and master.

  2. Well, E, I was going to applaud you for the outstanding work you do promoting your proud city, and applauding Buffalo for being so lively. Then I see you’re inviting visitors to come watch what may well be my public humiliation, so I just have this to say: I’m not dancing ALONE, ya know.

  3. Susan, into every life a little public humiliation must fall. I’ve had plenty, almost all of it self-inflicted.

    Surely this is a small price to pay for helping to make our event a success.

  4. I’m concerned.

    What sort of music initiates “hippie chick moves”? What sort of lighting is required? Is it okay for children to observe? Will we need paramedics on hand? Will yardeners be offended? They can’t take your gardening coach license away from you if something goes wrong, can they?

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