- Gebundene Ausgabe: 255 Seiten
- Verlag: Bloomsbury; Auflage: Pbk Reprint. (27. Mai 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1596914491
- ISBN-13: 978-1596914490
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,8 x 2,2 x 0,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 810.653 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
On Guerrilla Gardening: A Handbook for Gardening Without Boundaries (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 27. Mai 2008
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“Whatever guerilla gardeners bring to life will be eaten and shared by someone or some animal. And that will further light the green fuse, as will getting a copy of this book. Better yet, read it and become one of the growing guerilla army.” ―Alan Bisport, Hartford Advocate
“In tracing the history of the guerrilla gardening movement, be it for beautification or to grow food, Reynolds' voice is ardent as he writes about Johnny Appleseed and the Digger colonies that provided sustenance in fifteenthcentury England. Reynolds is most assured when advising readers on choosing specimens for planting their own guerrilla gardens and when expressing love for gardening.” ―Booklist
On Guerrilla Gardening is an activist's call to arms to all citizens - green-fingered, green-thinking or curious - to join the revolution of guerrilla gardening: transforming public space into oases of colour and life. The enemy: neglect, apathy and the disintegration of community spirit. The arsenal: daring, a packet of seeds and a passionate commitment to social change. When Richard Reynolds first embarked on guerrilla gardening, growing flowers by moonlight outside his tower block, he had no idea it was part of a growing global movement committed to cultivating the potential in the land regardless of all obstacles. Charting the battles fought across thirty different countries and the revolutionary history of this subculture, On Guerrilla Gardening is an inspirational take on gardening in the 21st century. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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One of the reasons I didn’t like this book was because there’s so little info on different techniques of gardening. The author even admits this in the texts and tells the reader to find another book that would have more information on the subjects he barely scratches the surface of. Most of the book was about how different people around the world started guerilla gardens in their neighborhood and some of the difficulties they ran into while working on and starting their gardens. I liked that there was a lot of information on how to dress, act, and what to say during confrontations with local authorities, or owners of the land. Another great thing about the book is that he uses binomial nomenclature with the anglicized cultivar they used tagged on to it.
The best parts of the book I found to be of interest was the different types of plants to use under certain conditions. They give a list of plants that work well under certain conditions and depending on what you want to do with your guerrilla garden. These include: colorful plants; incongruous plants; fragrant plants; drought-tolerant plants; shade-tolerant plants; poor-soil tolerant plants; alkaline-tolerant plants; wind-resistant plants; salt-resistant plants; underground plants; aerial plants; plant walls; weed suppressing plants; plants for fighting pests, tolerant plants; and defensive plants. Each of these sections of plants include at least three different species of plants that would work for your specific needs and wants for your guerrilla garden. Another great part of the book was the history of guerrilla gardening. It included the beginnings of the movement with Gerrard Winstanley in 1649 and John Chapman aka Johnny Appleseed in 1801. It also includes many of the struggles that New Yorkers had to go through to legitimize their guerrilla gardens to become community gardens.
I think if you’re looking to begin guerrilla gardening this book is a great place to start but if you would like more information on gardening, or how to create a landscape using plants and different apparatuses to create a picturesque garden I would try to find another book on gardening to supplement this reading. There’s also a lot of websites mentioned in the book that I’m sure would be pertinent to the research.
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!
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