Not the actual Garden Rant/Garden Walk post



As I sit here, having what is probably—and should be—my last glass of wine of the weekend, I wish I could show you some groovy images from the Garden Walk gardens. However, my battery is shot and I have to wait until tomorrow to upload. In the meantime, I offer a shot my husband took of a plein air sketch in progress. It’s appropriate because this is a very art-intensive corner of New York state. I wasn’t here, but I think the artist is depicting a lily-ish section of the sunniest bed, and using considerable artistic license in the process. In a good way.

So, more later. What can I say about the experience of meeting all my fellow ranters in person? That they’re all endlessly enthusiastic, hilariously funny, incredibly intelligent, and, of course (as you can see) beautiful? That I had a total blast showing them off to my Buffalo friends? And showing off Buffalo to them? That I can’t wait until we get together again? That one of my few regrets is that more of you, our fellow garden bloggers, were not present? That I’m so sorry it’s all over? I say all these things. And, tomorrow, when the battery is charged, I’ll give some juicy highlights of garden goodness.

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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