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10 Most Awesome Guerrilla Gardens From Around the World


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JL
- 694 days ago - good.is
Guerrilla gardening has been used for ages as a means of protest, a way to beautify a neighborhood, cultivate food, and build community.



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JL A. (275)
Monday April 8, 2013, 5:07 pm
10 Most Awesome Guerrilla Gardens from Around the World (pictures)

Guerrilla gardening has been used for ages as a means of protest, a way to beautify a neighborhood, cultivate food, and build community. It's often done illegally, on appropriated land, and while some have equated it vandalism and trespassing, plenty of others argue it affects a locale positively, greening abandoned and forgotten spaces. While Johnny Appleseed could be considered our nation's first guerrilla gardener, some recent examples of how people are using green interventions to better their unused public areas, show the phenomena growing. Here's a round up of ten of our favorite guerrilla gardens—in many iterations—from around the world.

1. The dumpster garden

2. The cacti hydrant

3. May Day mohawk, U.K.

4. Poster pocket planters

5. Moss graffitti

6. Camo car

7. Newspaper box planter

8. Plastic bottle planters

9. Sidewalk spillover

10. Pothole gardening by Steve Wheen

Image 1 via (cc) Flickr user Aulagarden; Image 2 via Turnstylenews.com; Images 4 and 9 via Inhabitat; Image 7 via Popupcity.org; image 6 via Destructables.org; Image via Streetartutopia.com


This post is part of the GOOD community's 50 Building Blocks of Citizenship—weekly steps to being an active, engaged global citizen. This week: Plant a Guerrilla Garden. Follow along and join the conversation at good.is/citizenship and on Twitter at #goodcitizen.
 

Christeen Anderson (595)
Monday April 8, 2013, 5:32 pm
Awesome they are. Thanks for sharing.
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Monday April 8, 2013, 5:36 pm
I love it! My dad did that when he lived in WA state. Built an entire jungle walk with all kinds of bamboo and little hidden surprises for people as they walked thru it like a big fat fake snake hanging from a tree, or a little plot of quicksand with a hat sitting on top of it and monkeys hanging from trees. There was even a big guerrilla who sat in a shack with a cup in hand that said "jungle tours 5 cents please". People loved it and it ended with a beautiful little garden to walk thru and enjoy. Thanks J L.

 

JL A. (275)
Monday April 8, 2013, 5:43 pm
You are welcome Christeen and Tamara.
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Terry V. (30)
Monday April 8, 2013, 5:44 pm
LOVE the car. THANKS
Here we are NOT allowed to plant ANYTHING on the boulevard. My complete front yard is now a hosta garden, with grass (boo hiss) on the boulevard.
 

JL A. (275)
Monday April 8, 2013, 5:56 pm
You are welcome Terry. You cannot currently send a star to Terry because you have done so within the last day.
 

Erin R. (170)
Monday April 8, 2013, 6:57 pm
Noted with thanks!
 

John B. (122)
Monday April 8, 2013, 7:23 pm
Thanks J.L. for the post and link to the awesome photos! Read, viewed and noted.
 

JL A. (275)
Monday April 8, 2013, 7:27 pm
You are welcome Erin and John. You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last day.
 

Katie D. (90)
Monday April 8, 2013, 8:56 pm
All sounds so cute to do, I like the bottles and the car! Thank you
 

Katie D. (90)
Monday April 8, 2013, 8:57 pm
All sounds so cute to do, I like the bottles and the car! Thank you
 

Shawna S. (44)
Monday April 8, 2013, 9:15 pm
Cool, weird, neat-o...lol, thanks JL :")
 

cynthia B. (241)
Monday April 8, 2013, 9:23 pm
very creative Luv the pothole gardening
 

JL A. (275)
Monday April 8, 2013, 9:24 pm
You are welcome Shawna, Bill and Katie.
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Natasha Salgado (593)
Monday April 8, 2013, 9:32 pm
I love all these ideas. I'd love to see this in my city!!! They are very funky and can add a lot to the less fortunate areas. Very cool,thx JL!!
 

JL A. (275)
Monday April 8, 2013, 9:34 pm
You are welcome Natasha! You cannot currently send a star to Natasha because you have done so within the last day.
 

Spirit Spider (86)
Monday April 8, 2013, 9:42 pm
That moss graffiti is stunning! :-)
 

JL A. (275)
Monday April 8, 2013, 9:55 pm
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greenplanet e. (157)
Monday April 8, 2013, 11:50 pm
Super!
 

Sherri G. (119)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 2:19 am
Thanks JL I enjoyed the creativity of these gorilla gardens. Fun Posting.
 

Donna Hamilton (157)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 8:28 am
I love them! Thanks, JL.
 

Connie O. (42)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 8:35 am
noted, thanks
 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 9:09 am
You are welcome Sherri, Donna and Connie.
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Kerstin Strobl (395)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 9:41 am
Thank you for sharing, great!
 

Michael Kirkby (90)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 9:57 am
Thanks.
 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 10:08 am
You are welcome Kerstin and Michael.
 

Julie E. (377)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 1:07 pm
Thank you JL!
Love the story Tamara!
 

Tim C. (2147)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 1:29 pm
ty
 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 2:08 pm
You are welcome Julie and Tim!
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 4:24 pm
Noted
 

Gvapo T. (22)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 2:20 am
great just great :D
thanks JL :)
 

Holly Lawrence (473)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 6:10 pm
I just think this is theneatest thing! JL you always make us smile!!!!
 

JL A. (275)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 6:54 pm
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alicia m. (96)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 11:46 am
always learning something new with you! noted, gracias
 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 11:56 am
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