The Underground Gardening Movement
Guerrilla (or guerilla) gardeners grow plants on ground that they don't own. Their motives vary - many are trying to make the urban environment a more pleasant place. Some are protesting the inequality of land ownership. Some just have green fingers and thumbs and nowhere else to plant. These radical gardeners are making a statement, and they are increasingly visible and vocal about it.
We've come a long way from community gardens on empty lots, and seed bombing abandoned buildings. Radical gardeners are now growing up and up, banding together across the continents, and even planting up tiny spaces as art projects.
Make your mark in moss
It's not quite as quick as spray paint, but it will get you into a lot less trouble and enhance the urban environment. Make a statement in your garden, or the street, by making art with moss. Visit Stories from Space to find out how to make your own moss graffiti.
Radical Gardening - Politics, Idealism and Rebellion in the Garden
War is the natural occupation of man... war-and gardening. Winston Churchill to Siegfried Sassoon, 1918 In the common public perception, contemporary gardening is understood as suburban, as leisure activity, as television makeover opportunity. Its origins are seen as religious or spiritual (Garden of Eden), military (the clipped lawn, the ha-ha and defensive ditches), aristocratic or monarchical (the stately home, the Royal Horticultural Society). Radical Gardening travels an alternative route, through history and across landscape, linking propagation with propaganda. For everyday garden life is not only patio, barbecue, white picket fence, topiary, herbaceous border.... From window box to veggie box, from political plot to flower power, this book uncovers and celebrates moments, movements, gestures, of a people's approach to gardens and gardening. It weaves together garden history with the counterculture, stories of individual plants with discussion of government policy, the social history of campaign groups with the pleasure and dirt of hands in the earth, as well as original interviews alongside media, pop and art references, to offer an informing and inspiring new take on an old subject.
Radical Roots - Sowing Green Seeds in Urban Environments
Here are some links to radical gardeners all over the world
- The Alternative Kitchen Garden Show
The Alternative Kitchen Garden Show is all about growing useful and edible plants (some familiar, many unusual) in an environmentally-friendly way.
- The Guerrilla Gardening Home Page
The global hub for those who cultivate land as guerrilla gardeners. Let's fight the filth with forks and flowers.
- Incredible Edible Todmorden
Take a tour of a town where they aim to grow edible plants in every available space. Local businesses, schools, farmers and the whole community are all involved.
- The Plant | Chicago's vertical farm and food business incubator
In July of 2010, Bubbly Dynamics LLC acquired the former Peer Foods meat processing plant at 1400 W. 46th Street in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood and renamed it The Plant.
- Mobile Gardeners | Community Garden London
The Mobile Gardeners’ Park is a new community garden project in Elephant and Castle due to open in spring 2012. It will be a space for growing, for relaxing and for learning.
- Urban Physic Garden
This summer an Urban Physic Garden will bloom on a slice of neglected London land – the work of a collective of designers and urban growers.
- The Comfrey Project
Promoting health and well being among asylum seekers and refugees.
- FOOD from the SKY
A pioneering Permaculture food growing and educational initiative on the roof top of Thornton’s Budgens supermarket, Crouch End, North London.
On Guerrilla Gardening - A Handbook for Gardening without Boundaries
'Reynolds is quickly becoming both a subculture celebrity and a public intellectual, challenging ideas about what it means to live in a city' New York Times
'Probably the most unusual garden book of 2008, On Guerrilla Gardening is well-researched, thorough and truly inspirational' BBC Gardens Illustrated
'This lovely book is both a celebration of the international movement's recent history, and a how-to manual that advises on hardy species, planting techniques and social engineering' Guardian 'Exciting, high-adrenalin stuff. This is gardening repackaged for the 21st century' New Statesman
The Human Shrub
Green-fingered superhero the Human Shrub has scored a victory after shaming council chiefs into smartening up their gardens.
Growing Stuff - An Alternative Guide to Gardening
Growing Stuff is an ideal companion for anyone wishing to become part of the grow-your-own renaissance. It is packed with ideas to help transform windowsills, balconies, courtyards and gardens into urban oases. Written in an engaging and informal way, this quirky book is a perfect introduction to green-fingered activity, and is sure to convert even wary or novice gardeners to this creative and wide-ranging practice. With easy-to-follow instructions on the basics of growing flowers, herbs, vegetables and more, Growing Stuff not only provides an excellent introduction to the world of horticulture, but also looks at alternative approaches to growing and landscaping. Learn how to make seed bombs, grow carrots in Wellington boots and even construct your own mini polytunnel. It also features wide selection of creative recipes show you how to transform the fruits of your labour into culinary and craft delights. Growing Stuff puts the excitement back into gardening and shows that organic edibles can be grown in even the most unexpected places.