Guerrilla Gardening

Guerrilla Gardening

A Manualfesto

Book - 2007
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The term "guerrilla" may bring to mind a small band of armed soldiers, moving in the dead of night on a stealth mission. In the case of guerrilla gardening, the soldiers are planters, the weapons are shovels, and the mission is to transform an abandoned lot into a thing of beauty. Once an environmentalist's nonviolent direct action for inner-city renewal, this movement is spreading to all types of people in cities around the world.

These modern-day Johnny Appleseeds perform random acts of gardening, often without permission. Typical targets are vacant lots, railway land, underused public squares, and back alleys. The concept is simple, whimsical, and has the cheeky appeal of being a not-quite-legal call to action. Dig in some soil, plant a few seeds, or mend a sagging fence--one good deed inspiring another, with win-win benefits all around.

Guerrilla Gardening outlines the power-to-the-people campaign for greening our cities. Tips for effective involvement include:

* Finding plants and seeds cheap (or free)
* Handling city officials
* Getting the dirt on soil
* Planting to bring back the birds
* Knowing when to ask first

Social activists, city dwellers, and longtime gardeners will delight in this fast-paced and funny call to arms.

David Tracey is a journalist and environmental designer who operates EcoUrbanist in Vancouver. He is executive director of Tree City Canada, a nonprofit ecological engagement group.

Publisher: Gabriola Island, B.C. : New Society ; 2007.
ISBN: 9780865715837
Characteristics: xii, 227 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm.
Alternative Title: Guerilla gardening


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Apr 28, 2018

A great guide to gardening in general and 'guerilla gardening' in specific, in which the author describes the philosophies behind this non-violent act of resistance while guiding you through the full growing season of your plants of choice :) Filled with interesting commentary and side-bits, this book is very helpful for the novice gardener or experienced farmer!

Apr 28, 2010

Guerrilla gardeners are like grafitti artists who use seeds instead of spray paint. This is not a book about planting up your own back yard. It's about planting in someone else's yard - with or without their permission. It's also about getting involved in your community and daring to make it a safe, attractive place to be proud of.
Very humourous writing style. A hint of mischief and a lot of fun! Grab your flashlight & shovel and go claim that vacant lot!

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