Garden Party

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I’ve been blabbing away about Garden Walk Buffalo, which is a free tour of only 380 or so gardens. What I should have mentioned is that is is the centerpiece of a larger, month-long garden festival that offers 1,000 gardens to visitors, including a a weekly Open Garden program, and 14 other garden walks throughout the greater Western New York area.

This video was produced under the auspices of our vistor’s center, and is clearly meant for a general audience. Host Nelson Starr tends to be more passionate about Buffalo food promos (he managed to bring Anthony Bourdain here), but we might make a gardener out of him yet. Both the splash/slider image and the first interview in the video feature hosta expert Mike Shadrack, who wrote two Timber Press books on hostas, and co-wrote one on mini hostas with his wife Kathy Guest Shadrack. The couple happens to live just south of Buffalo, and our garden blogger group visited their property in 2010.

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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