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When Richard Reynolds began planting flowers secretly at night outside his tower block in South London he had no idea he was part of a growing global movement committed to combating the forces of neglect, land shortage and apathy towards public spaces. But his blog attracted other guerrillas from around the world to share their experiences of theWhen Richard Reynolds began planting flowers secretly at night outside his tower block in South London he had no idea he was part of a growing global movement committed to combating the forces of neglect, land shortage and apathy towards public spaces. But his blog attracted other guerrillas from around the world to share their experiences of the horticultural front line with him and become a focal point for guerrilla gardeners everywhere. On Guerrilla Gardening is a lively colourful treatise about why people illicitly cultivate land and how to do it. From discretely beautifying corners of Montreal to striving for green communal space in Berlin and sustainable food production in San Francisco, from small gestures of fun in Zurich to bold political statements in Brazil, cultivating land beyond your boundary is a battle many different people are fighting. Unearthed along the way are the movement’s notable historic advances by seventeenth century English radicals, a nineteenth century American entrepreneur and artists in 1970s New York. Reynolds has researched the subject with guerrilla gardeners from thirty different countries and compiles their advice on what to grow, how to cope with adverse environmental conditions, how to seed bomb effectively and to use propaganda to win support.On Guerrilla Gardening gives entertaining inspiration, practical reference and no excuses for not getting out there and gardening.  ...

Title : On Guerrilla Gardening: The Why, What, and How of Cultivating Neglected Public Space
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ISBN : 9781596914490
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Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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On Guerrilla Gardening: The Why, What, and How of Cultivating Neglected Public Space Reviews

  • Aaron
    2019-03-22 01:17

    I really dug this book. I have been a guerrilla gardener off and on now for several years, mostly planting giant sunflowers. To clarify, a guerrilla gardener gardens on neglected public land without permission. Discovering this book was like finding the handbook, and network, I always wished I had. Richard Reynolds takes it farther than I had previously imagined, enlisting troops to go on large digs (roadside embankments, traffic circles, vacant lots, etc.) in an attempt to beautify the urban landscape for the betterment of all. Points of interest include seed bombs and bulb mining. He also goes into the history of it (with recorded history as far back as the Diggers in 1649)and shares the knowledge he has gleaned from other troops in the field across the globe. Check it out at my link text

  • Pete Sharon
    2019-03-16 02:56

    I read this when I was living with my first garden in London, and was totally smitten by the gardening bug. (This is easy to fall prey to, since the UK has a ferociously avid gardening culture that has no equivalent in the US. For example, the Chelsea garden show is covered on TV for three consecutive nights--in prime time!)So now, I find myself slammed down in Slummerville, MA and completely surrounded by pavement, and this book is giving me ideas. Total punk rock approach to what has traditionally been the most staid and settled activity. More than anything, its a whip-smart manifesto about the often overlooked need for the presence of the botanical world in human life, and the means of introducing it by any means necessary. I've got my eye on a wasted patch of bark mulch in my neighborhood.

  • Linus
    2019-03-18 05:06

    Die praktischen Infos sind spannend und die über konkrete Projekte auch - aber die politischen Ansichten von Reynolds fand ich cringeworthy, in einem Kapitel wurden Zierblumen in Londoner Betontrögen tatsächlich verglichen mit Land, auf dem Menschen illegal Essen anbauen, um davon zu leben. Joa, vl mal den Begriff "guerilla" für Stadtverschönerung fallen lassen, statt so unnötige Verbindungen herzukonstruieren. An einer anderen Stelle freut er sich, dass ein Garten Sexarbeiter_innen und Leute die Drogen nehmen aus dem Viertel vertrieben hat, weil es "zu schön wurde" für sie - srsly? :/Außerdem wären halb so viele Mao-Zitate bei weitem genug gewesen, um mir klar zu machen, dass Reynolds Mao mag und Blümchen lieber als strategische Kriegsführung sieht als als Blümchen. Gähn.

  • Joshua Sierk
    2019-03-11 06:05

    INSPIRATIONAL!always carry seeds with you.grow the world. it's natural!lovely photos in this book.thanks to my sister&brother-in-law for the gift of the book

  • Sarah
    2019-02-19 23:57

    I love gardening, and I like thinking about things in an unconventional way. This books puts the two together. "Guerilla gardening" can be revolutionary, as in some movements outside of the US, or it can be a way to bless one's community anonymously, or somewhere along the wide spectrum in between. I didn't finish this book, but I enjoyed skimming through it. I believe any community activist would enjoy this, many gardeners would, and anyone just intrigued by the title/concept.Bonus points to my public library Lakewood - Pierce County, WA) for not only purchasing this book, but also featuring it on a shelf display.

  • Austin Gullett
    2019-03-22 02:13

    This book took me a month to read because half-way through I actually started gardening--both at my home and on neglected public land. I don't think this needs any further review. Gardening is important. Making a statement that says that food and good health are more important than title or profit is essential for the future of this planet and all it's inhabitants.

  • Carlee
    2019-03-12 01:49

    “On Guerrilla Gardening, A Handbook For Gardening Without Boundaries” is at it's core a gushing of enthusiasm for a very niche genre of greenthumbedness. Even the cover of my edition, full of blossoming flowers against a backdrop of drab gray buildings, suggests a sort of bursting emotion. (This book looks beautiful on a bookshelf or coffee table btw, I could almost recommend it because of that alone.)Contrary to what the title implies, this book is by no means a how-to for illicit gardening. It's more an introduction to the culture, with vibrant photography and language that, again and again, pushes the aestheticism of the activity, less than the technical act of it. To borrow from the authors insistent war metaphor, this novel is a call to arms for future Guerrilla Gardeners, as admitted by Reynolds in one of the final chapters.The writing is sufficient, although sometimes Reynolds gets lost in his metaphors and the many juggled topics. As a more cut and dry introduction to Guerrilla Gardening, this might be a problem, but I think that the more avid goal of the novel allows for some dizziness. Unfortunately, the history portions came off as a bit dry to me, and that's coming from someone who loves history. This is understandable, because I don't think that Reynolds is a history writer, but he shouldve put more time into spicing up the description of the history and tying it better to the thesis of the book.On the whole, I would recommend this book to people passionate about gardening or change in their community who would like to learn more about the history and social climate of the activity. You wont find a lot of technical direction in this book unless you live in a climate similar to that of London, (which I fortunately do) but you will find a lot of passion and inspiration, which is enough to get you started as a beginning Guerrilla Gardener.

  • Erica
    2019-02-22 06:12

    A very basic introduction to guerrilla gardening. So basic, I'm not exactly sure what demographic would read and learn by it. Written largely from a British perspective, for British spaces (plant suggestions are somewhat limited for other climates). It has an oddly formal layout, a weird medium for this particular political message. I get that it's essentially a "handbook"--this is borne out much better in the latter half of the book than the beginning (the first half is history/politics; the second, hands-on tactics/tips). Some interesting continuous metaphors of gardening as war, but the politics here seem a bit odd at times. There are instances of large company donations, ad campaigns, and the absolutely off-base example of Johnny Appleseed as a guerrilla gardener. (At the same time, Reynolds acknowledges that Appleseed was a real estate investor, claiming property (from Native Americans) and profit (from later white colonists) from his appleseed spreading in early 1800s Ohio--Appleseed was surely not at all a guerrilla--he was spreading capitalism and colonization!).There's also a very strong differentiation made between guerrilla gardening and community gardening in the beginning of the book--too strong, in my experience in several urban and suburban instances in the US--but that difference is largely reconciled/erased by the end. Some of the best stuff here are the references to other books, websites, and people to follow up on.

  • Nicole Harkin
    2019-03-12 03:14

    Ever heard of guerrilla gardening? People all over the world are taking over unused land and planting gardens! It is such a fun idea, especially if the land is lying fallow. And now there is a manual for people who want to try it: On Guerrilla Gardening. The small book includes the history of the movement and pictures of people out there doing it.Did you know that Victory Gardens during World War II supplied 42 percent of all fresh food to the country? There seems to have been a recent resurgence of interest in gardening. And if you don’t have the land, why not set up a guerrilla garden?A few people did just that down the block from our house. They planted flowers in a circle on an empty lot. I so enjoyed seeing the flowers there. And what harm do flowers do? I mean, they could only help to beautify the land.The book explains a lot about gardening, the how of it all. And tells the personal story of the author and his guerrilla gardening adventures. I would recommend borrowing it from the library if only to learn more about the movement. And you can read more about guerrilla gardening at:

  • Klara
    2019-03-08 07:08

    Schon lange steht dieses Buch in meinem Bücherregal, aber bisher war einfach noch nicht der richtige Lesemoment gekommen. Nun bin ich durch und habe, ohne jegliche Gärntererfahrung (mein letzter Basilikumtopf lebt NOCH! aber das ist leider ein Einzelfall) das drigende Bedürfnis hinaus in die urbanen Landschaften meiner heimatlichen Kleinstadt zu ziehen und sämtliche vernachlässigten Flächen mit bunter Pflanzenvielfalt zu beglücken.Dieses Buch bietet eine wunderschöne, liebevoll und anekdotenreiche Einführung ins Guerilla Gärtnern, sei es für angehende Guerilla Gärtner oder auch für all jene, die sich einfach nur mal so informieren möchten. Es liest sich sehr schön nebenbei, wegen der schönen Erzählweise des Autors neigte ich dann doch schon zum Verschlingen. Auch wenn ich viel gelernt habe fühle ich mich noch nicht ganz bereit zum Gärnern, weshalb ich mich jetzt wohl erstmal mit weiterer Lektüre à la "Gärtnern für Anfänger" begnügen werde ehe ich mir die ersten "Baumscheiben" zutraue...

  • Ava
    2019-03-14 08:19

    On Guerrilla Gardening is a delightful little book! The author mixes history, politics, environmentalism and practical gardening into an enjoyable weekend read.Guerrilla gardening can be a strong political statement about the waste of good land and the potential for abundance even when we’re faced with a “food crisis,” or it can just be something you do for fun. My only concern is the “waging battle” metaphor that sprouts throughout the book; I wish even as we guerrilla garden, that we could make our speech more nurturing. It’s only a little quibble though. If you’ve ever been saddened by an abandoned tree well near your bus stop or your office, this book will give you the gumption to go out there and turn it into a lovely little garden!

  • Alex M
    2019-03-14 04:59

    I found myself inspired while reading the book to get started with a few projects (that, so far, haven't panned out as well as I had hoped). But it's a learning process. It had some useful information and a good message and intention behind it. Unfortunately, the writing style was inelegant and Reynolds seemed to be really grasping for topics to flesh the book out, resulting in a lot of content of tenuous importance or even relevance. However it was short and sparse enough to keep it from being too tedious, and I appreciated enough of the advice and inspiration to make it a worthwhile read.

  • G
    2019-03-06 00:12

    This sounds like a really fantastic idea, although I probably ought to get my own garden under control before I start toying around in random places. I do, however, find myself picking out weedy, dead-looking spots that could use some sprucing up every time I'm out and about. This is a really comprehensive how-to guide and it's filled with stories and bits of dry humor, so it's not like reading an instruction manual at all.

  • Abby Hagler
    2019-03-05 05:59

    The guy who wrote this book is hilariously candid. I wonder if he took his notes from a blog and just made a book out of it. He has funny side notes, such as not making jokes about gorillas and guerillas. He also has a lot of helpful information about plants, about organizing yourself to become a guerilla gardener, and about re-envisioning space around us. There's an entire web site dedicated to stories of guerilla gardening.

  • AJ
    2019-02-22 23:58

    This is a pretty quick read, but it's got some great information about Guerrilla Gardening. The author is the founder of the website and gives an overview of the history of guerrilla gardening, how-tos, etc. It's a pretty good read and has inspired me to think about places in the Boston area that I can beautify with plants.

  • Jack Ngan
    2019-03-03 04:16

    I enjoyed it a lot. It provides a new perspective to and appreciation for gardening by introducing it as an activity that's part of a community or culture rather than an independent project in your back yard (which is kick-ass too though). This book has definitely enriched my life by presenting me with a foreign pleasure I now enjoy.

  • Aaron
    2019-03-22 05:16

    Really excited about this concept, especially in how it relates to other interventionist/subversive educational strategies (my own nascent terminology, I'm sure there is a better one out there) like culture jamming, graffiti and certain performative/conceptual art work. Really excited to read this and perhaps start some guerrilla gardening myself around the town!

  • LisaKaren
    2019-02-21 04:19

    This was a lot of fun & surprisingly practical. Lots of great photos. There is plenty of advice about every aspect and complication of gardening without permission. Since I have already begun a bit of unauthorized planting it's cool to feel like part of something bigger. I especially liked the historical bits. (thanks for the gift Taylor)

  • William
    2019-03-01 02:02

    An odd little book.Guerrilla gardeners are people who garden, without permission, on property they do not own.Includes anecdotes from many cities, but Milwaukee is not one of them.It is not surprising to learn that some elected officials would rather have an ugly, neglected space than a space beautified by someone who is not under their thumb.

  • Jill
    2019-03-16 03:18

    I enjoyed this book. It was sort of a revolutionary's approach to gardening, about taking over public spaces, changing the world, and well, making things pretty. : ) I don't know that I'll become a guerrilla gardener, as I have a short enough attention span with the garden in my own back yard, but it was a fun read.

  • Alison Kagen
    2019-02-19 03:55

    great subject & a good collection of information, hints & anecdotes; but strangely not compelling, probably due to writing style; if you're already sympathetic/interested/possibly semi-guerrilla already, the frameworks of reasons for g/gardening & what one might garden are helpful

  • Leah
    2019-02-27 07:09

    This book was interesting. I enjoyed it. Not anything I would need to own. Pretty basic information on the how-to, but really informative on how to be a guerilla gardener politely and how to handle others.

  • Juliezs
    2019-02-25 02:57

    An interesting idea, hard for me to grasp as a rural-living person, but I could see how city-dwellers would be into reclaiming un-gardened space and making it their own. A bit too heavy handed on do this not that, call it this, not that.

  • Chelsea
    2019-03-07 00:00

    this doesn't feel like a book, its more like a website, where they only let the surface stories out. if you'd like to know a few things about the guerrilla gardening movement, i'd be happy to lend my copy, but don't buy it.

  • Gina
    2019-03-16 05:08

    Fascinating little book about gardening outside the lines.

  • Soopaseb
    2019-03-19 04:10

    Heart-lifting reading that inspires more than one people to take part of this from the ground action ! :D

  • Andy Stainton
    2019-02-19 06:05

    Plant like a motherfucka!

  • Damson
    2019-03-21 04:10

    A really entertaining read!

  • Darlene
    2019-02-19 07:14

    I've just started the book but it explains why I have suddenly seen a bunch of sunflowers around the lamp posts in my neighborhood and other places - good for them.

  • Shanna
    2019-03-08 00:49

    Pretty cover. First half much better than the second half. Second half should have just read: "Put some seeds in the ground" or something of the sort.Nothing really new, but fun.