“Look at that monarda fer chrissakes.”


Overheard during Buffa10.

"Look at that monarda fer chrissakes."

Previous articleAnd more
Next articleAll Japanese gardens should be seen in a light mist.

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


  1. I’m jealous.

    I feel your sorrow, Denies. I managed to keep only 2 scraggly plants alive until they went to seed, and they looked miserable.

  2. I’ve been noticing that the Raspberry Wine Monarda in the Twin Cities area are looking spectacular this year despite all the rain we’ve been having.

  3. What the gardener isn’t telling you is that she has to pull it out by the bucket full as it keeps eating her other nearby plants.

    It is beautiful, though. I’m glad she gave it ample room to show off.

  4. I grow ‘Raspberry Wine’ monarda in my garden several hours north of the Twin Cities — it never disappoints and always catches the attention of visitors.

  5. I’ve been kicking myself for not getting seeds for monarda since the spring…

    I used to make so many bees happy with it a few years ago. And it wintered over so nicely in Berkeley.

  6. I’m not sure how every monarda I’ver ever grown has managed to become covered with mildew in my desert climate, but they have. And somehow, they also never die either, so the droopy, powder-covered plants live on, appearing in the middle of nearby (better-looking) plantings. Augh!

  7. Li’l Ned and Sheila, after several years observance I have come to the realization that Monarda does best in a moist environment. I actually get more powdery mildew, even on Raspberry Wine which is touted as resistant, during hot dry spells than during cooler rainy summers. It seems like it would be the opposite though, doesn’t it?


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here