The little house with the big, big garden


Greetings from Buffa10! We’re touring the Little Summer Street gardens this am. These are, for the most part, small 19th century workmans’ cottages.

Led by resident Ellie Dorritie (her house above), the entire block nurtures colorful, mixed gardens with lots of window boxes and hanging baskets.

Wish you were here!

The little house with the big, big garden

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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. I remember the Little Summer Street area of the Buffalo garden walk well! We actually encountered lines while touring this area as it is so popular. I do not ‘do’ lines well, but in this case it was worth it – the gardens and cottages are so lively and show a creative spirit unseen most anywhere else.
    We’re heading up from Northeast PA again this year for the weekend, and I am counting down the days!


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