Thank you guest ranters—and guest commenters!


Thanks_md_wht  Well, we thought we were outspoken, but over the past two
weeks, we have been put to shame by guest posts against flagpoles, Girl Scout
cookies, city hall, IGCs, plant hybridizers, daffodils, and—most
provocatively—garden whimsy (70-plus comments on that one).

The posts have been great, but it is really the comments
that make the conversation, so thank you all so much for joining in. Just to
reiterate, we used every post that was submitted in time, as long as it was not irrelevant to gardening, obscene, or
spam/advertising. (Just so you know, we did not receive any obscene,
irrelevant, or spam posts.) There was little or no editing.

Now to return to the regular staff of four ranters. Guest
rants will continue on Thursdays when we have them.

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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 regularly 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


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