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On Guerrilla Gardening: A Handbook for Gardening Without Boundaries

by Richard Reynolds

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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. ( )
  kthxy | Feb 16, 2017 |
Richard Reynolds is at heart a gardener, he loves plants, he loves the results of gardening but most of all I should say that he loves the very act of gardening. The problem for Mr Reynolds was that he didn't have a garden....
What he does have in abundance is get up and go and so began to clear up and plant up the neglected flower beds below his sixth floor flat. He didn't know initially that he was a Guerrilla gardener but from this beginning he has researched the origins of the movement and most importantly the huge range of people and activities this involves, from those who surreptiously plant a few Daffodils in a council verge near their house to mass land invasions by hungry and homeless people. His book is an informative light hearted read, including definitions of the term Guerilla, case studies from history and contemporary actions and useful information about how to become a Guerilla gardener yourself. I really enjoyed this book and was annoyed at myself for having taken so long to have bought and read it. ( )
1 vote Bowerbirds-Library | Apr 27, 2014 |
This book is a good primer on the concept of guerrilla gardening, with interesting anecdotes and historical background to boot. Sadly, it is very sparingly illustrated and somewhat lengthy while remaining superficial, thus missing its mark a little: too drab for newbies yet too superficial for wannabes... ( )
  timtom | Jun 10, 2012 |
great to get the idea what it is all about. it sounds like great fun, but one probably needs to learn it by doing, like everything else. so I should be on a lookout for like-minded people, really... ( )
  flydodofly | Jun 13, 2011 |
This is a pretty quick read, but it's got some great information about Guerrilla Gardening. The author is the founder of the website GuerrillaGardening.org 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. ( )
  lemontwist | Dec 28, 2009 |
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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 GuerrillaGardening.org 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.
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When Richard Reynolds began gardening secretly in brick planters outside his council block in south London, he had no idea he was part of a global movement of guerilla cells committed to combating neglect in public spaces. This is a book for all citizens who believe that responsbility for our environment lies in our own hands.… (more)

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