Here’s some more ill-natured griping during this festive holiday season. But surely you will not blame me for objecting to Garden Gate’s use of 3—3!—big pictures of Buffalo gardens in their January/February issue without any attribution. One is on the cover. It is a garden located at 72 Lancaster that some of you (attendees of Garden Walk) may have seen. There is also a detail shot of the same garden illustrating a feature on Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum superbum) “Becky” on the inside back cover. There is also an image of a Granger Place patio on page 30, illustrating a piece on “Inviting Spaces.”
Many of you have also hosted members of the media in your gardens or neighborhoods, so you know—as exciting and welcome as it is—it can also be a bit of a pain. In Buffalo this summer, we had a bunch of magazines—including Garden Gate, People, Places and Plants; Organic Gardening (represented by Amy); Upstate Gardener’s Journal, Canadian Gardening, and several Better Homes and Gardens specialty publications—visit us, largely as a result of Garden Walk and the Garden Walk book. Gardeners were told that photographers could be coming at any time over one weekend, starting at 6 a.m. Plants and furniture were moved around for them, and we had to be careful not to impede their progress in any way (we were asked not to speak to the Better Homes people, as I recall). Then, after all that, just a few gardens were actually targeted for use in any of the articles. Which is fine. That’s the way it works. But if a garden is used, I do think they should say whose it is and where it is. It’s refreshing to see a lush, summer scene in Buffalo featured in a garden mag at this time of year.
Unfortunately, no one will know. Let’s hope the BHG pubs do better. And thanks to all the mags who DID properly ID us!Posted by Elizabeth Licata on December 23, 2007 at 12:00 pm, in the category Everybody's a Critic.