Top Ten Twelve Reasons to Attend the Garden Rant Meet-Up at Garden Walk, continued


And, finally, the last two:


#2 Discover the personalities behind the gardens
By now you should have figured out that this is not one of those rarified, exclusive tours where you tiptoe about with a guide, teacup in hand and pinkie held high. No. Garden Walk is a gabby, democratic free-for-all. Most of the gardeners on the Walk have never seen any of the other gardens because they feel it’s their duty to stay in their own space all weekend, answering questions and discussing general topics (usually garden-related, not always). In the early days, when crowds were thinner, some gardeners served lemonade, wine, iced coffee, even martinis (I kid you not). Now, with so many, we try to keep some pitchers of water handy, but we still have time to talk—passionately—about plants and gardening to any and all comers.

You’ll get to talk to Ellie, whose entire garden is a container, made possible with rock dust; Lou, who has been asked to market his hand-designed tea house; Jen and Jim, who might be going a bit far with the whole Victorian thing; Le and An, who have the most colorful garden I have ever seen anywhere, and many, many others.

#1 Meet your bloggers
You can’t always be virtual. In Western New York, we have regular get-togethers of the blogging community, which has grown quite large—it keeps things lively and reenergizes our online interactions. Susan, Michele, Amy, and I are really looking forward to meeting each other for the first time, and we hope to see a few other garden bloggers as well. With or without hippie chick dancing.

As devotees of an occupation that is all about getting our hands in the dirt, it wouldn’t be right to limit our communications to the sterile world of the keyboard.

OK, this is it about Garden Walk, FOR NOW. Over my next few posts, I’ll be reporting on a recent trip to Plant Delights/Juniper Level Botanic Gardens in North Carolina and my brief interview with proprietor Tony Avent.

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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. You have made a great case for attending! I can’t wait to see photos of some of the highlights of this year’s walk! I also await your post on Plant Delights as I have ordered from that nursery and heart Tony Avent speak. He is a good lecturer. Passionate and interesting!

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