Steven Earl Clemants



Xris/Flatbush Gardener told us of the rather shocking death of Brooklyn-based botanist Steven Earl Clemants (at 54) a few days ago. Clemants worked at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and was a leader in the worlds of native plant conservation and invasive plant awareness. Please read more about Clemants on the Flatbush Gardener blog.

The photo is courtesy of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

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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