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by David Tracey
Guerrilla Gardening is about greening the urban landscape--with or without permission. Author David Tracey inspires urban rebels to arm themselves with shovels and seeds to initiate positive change in the world. Gardening raids are carried out by daylight or darkness, beautifying abandoned city lots, road medians, parks, and right-of-ways. Aspiring guerrilla gardeners learn to make a difference in their community by developing a more natural environment and producing food. Guerrilla gardening activities vary from meeting with the city council to organizing late night gardening raids to clean up empty lots. Covert gardening operations rely on the principle that "it is better to ask forgiveness than permission."
The guerrilla gardening movement is growing in popularity and spreading to cities around the world. Modern-day Johnny Appleseeds perform random acts of gardening, often without the property owner's prior knowledge. 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 results all around.
Guerrilla Gardening offers a philosophy as well as practical, hands-on techniques. Among other insights, Tracey challenges conventional two-dimensional garden mentality, encouraging gardeners to plant vertical gardens to climb and decorate sterile walls, fences, and street lamps. Guerrilla Gardening is a great book for those who wish to make a positive difference in the neighborhood. And, although unlikely, how cool would it be to get arrested for gardening? New Society Publishers. 2007. ISBN: 978-0865715837. 240 pages.