Ranting On Point


Susan reviewed her book Gardening for a Lifetime here,
as you know, and I had a chance to talk to Sydney Eddison on the NPR program On Point Wednesday morning. It was fun, though there was plenty of opportunity for intimidation.
Eddison has been gardening on 2 acres for 50 years; I’ve been fooling around
with my urban courtyard for 10. And then there is On Point—Tom Ashbrook  has covered the 9/11 attacks, Vietnam,
China, Rwanda, and the Balkans as a serious journalist. I edit a lifestyles
magazine where we argue about pizza.

Everyone I know who listened was struck by Ashbrook’s
enthusiasm about gardening and our very different approaches to it. As Eddison
says, in the beginning of the show, about her early experiences, “I didn’t really
garden properly; I grew plants.” We can all relate to that. And I liked her
discussion of layering and of dry shade—which I know all about. We had more in
common than I thought we would.

There are some areas where I can’t follow her. I don’t have
the space, sun, or, really, the inclination, to convert to shrubs. And I’ll
never love Autumn Joy sedum. But, as Susan has already told you, the book is wonderful and an excellent resource for the beginning and experienced gardener

Listen to the show here.


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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 yahoo.com


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