Chipping away at the rocks


Photo by Stven Damron (Flickr)

One trip among many that I have not taken is to the gorgeous Redrock wilderness in Utah. (Heck, I’ve not made it to the Rocky Mountains yet.) By this time next week there may be a bit less of it for me—and many others—to visit. According to this brief story on Reality Sandwich, one of the last acts of the current administration will be to sell off some of these lands to oil and gas speculators. It’s not been publicized much, but if you are interested, a last ditch effort to oppose this plan takes place here.

If you’re interested, that is. If not, no harm done by mentioning it.

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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. Well, a trip to the red rocks of Utah would surely be a blessing. However, the picture accompanying the blog is of Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona. How did this picture get paired with your comment?

  2. Regina,
    It was labeled “Utah” by its photographer, whom I credited, as is the one I have just replaced it with (taking your word, because, as I said, I have not been there). All the rocks look very nice, but somewhat similar, to me, for that reason.

  3. I am the Operations Manager at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens in Grand Junction, CO. GJ is on I-70 and if you need a break stop by. I’d love to show you our little garden. Needless to say I love Garden Rant. Keep up the good work.

  4. I got a little excited at the prospect of a ranter in the neighborhood and I jumped the gun a little. What I meant to say was when you make your trip out west, come and visit. 😉

  5. Thank you Elizabeth! (Great name BTW)

    I am very embarrassed that I have not seen these wonders in person and when I am out there I will definitely look you up!

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