Guerrilla Gardening

Civil disobedience, in many forms, can be seen in the actions of Gandhi, Rev. King,  Thoreau, etc.  It has taken many forms ranging from the violent protests of the 1960’s counter culture to Home Rule to the more recent Arab Summer.   It (civil disobedience) in one form or another has been used to protest the actions of a government or ruler for centuries.

While I DO NOT promote violent civil disobedience nor the over throw of my government, an article about Guerrilla Gardening came to my attention today and I thought it was interesting enough to repost the link, along with some information.

Guerrilla gardening is gardening on land that the gardeners do not have legal right to use, often an abandoned site or area not cared for by anyone. It encompasses a very diverse range of people and motivations, from the enthusiastic gardener who spills over their legal boundaries to the highly political gardener who seeks to provoke change through direct action.

The land that is guerrilla gardened is usually abandoned or neglected by its legal owner. That land is used by guerrilla gardeners to raise plants, frequently focusing on food crops or plants intended to beautify an area. This practice has implications for land rights and land reform; it promotes reconsideration of land ownership in order to reclaim land from perceived neglect or misuse and assign a new purpose to it.

Some guerrilla gardeners carry out their actions at night, in relative secrecy, to sow and tend a new vegetable patch or flower garden in an effort to make the area of use and/or more attractive. Some garden at more visible hours to be seen by their community. It has grown into a form of activism.

The earliest recorded use of the term guerrilla gardening was by Liz Christy and her Green Guerrilla group in 1973 in the Bowery Houston area of New York. They transformed a derelict private lot into a garden.   The space is still cared for by volunteers but now enjoys the protection of the city’s parks department. Two celebrated guerrilla gardeners, active prior to the coining of the term, were Gerrard Winstanley, of the Diggers in Surrey, England (1649), and John “Appleseed” Chapman in Ohio, USA (1801).

Guerilla gardening takes place in many parts of the world – more than thirty countries are documented   and evidence can be found online in numerous guerrilla gardening social networking groups and in the Community pages of GuerrillaGardening.org.   The term bewildering has been used as a synonym for guerrilla gardening by Australian gardener Bob Crombie.

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