And the party garden wins



Snaps to my good friend Gordon Ballard (who does not blog
but should); photos of the transition of his entertainment area from a winter
disaster to an awesome gathering space won the July
Fine Gardening photo contest
(on their website). 


Above is one of  my favorite images of Gordon’s garden, though I’ve certainly logged plenty of hours at the cantina. (I guess this is kind of a TGIF post.)

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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. Those are eryngium, Caroline. They are sold at most nurseries and I understand they are pretty easy to grow with sun.

    Of course, I wouldn’t know about that.

  2. just want to send you a note about water rates in Carlsbad CA going up 45% on agriculture. Big center for flower production, strawberries. City council discussing subsidzing the Flower Fields so they can stay in business.

    What’s ahead for California flower industry?

  3. I’m going to regret jumping into the CA/Water discussion, but… (with both feet)

    California’s history with water and its love affair with agribusiness are troublesome at best. Many of the largest food suppliers not only get their water either free or at a ridiculously low cost, they are able to sell it back to the state. For a state that seems to be suffering from drought every year, this appears to be folly.

    But money talks… And, California is not only the country’s biggest agri-supplier, it supplies food to the world (at least we export something, right?).

    Who wins? Big business (the “lovely” people who bring you POM Wonderful, Almond Accents, Sunkist pistachios and Fiji Water are all the same people who own Teleflora), of course. Who loses? Everyone else, including the individual farmer, who needs the water subsidy to survive, but is driven out of business by regulations meant to curtail the large farmer.

    What’s ahead for California agriculture? The answer lies in an ever-depleting water source and the mysterious disappearance of the imported European honeybee — a necessity brought in for the lucrative almond crops.

    Sorry, I had to put my 2 (or more) cents in here.


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