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On Guerrilla Gardening: A Handbook for Gardening Without Boundaries Hardcover – May 27 2008

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  • Hardcover: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (May 27 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596914491
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596914490
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #385,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
bored Aug. 22 2009
By kirlena walsh - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book full of anticipation of a great read. It seemed to start with promise, outlining what guerrilla gardening was and giving us some interesting history. I greatly enjoyed (and still enjoy) the author's initial expression of his obvious love of plants and beautifying our over-concretised cities.
I expected the book to continue in this vein, full of wonderful stories that expressed that delight: perhaps a little like In Search of Old Roses by Thomas Christopher.
The early insistence that the gardening be illegitimate to fit into the definition I found to be quite acceptable; it is the author's right to define his terms. However, this neat definition gradually ceded to a very immature love of the clandestine and illegal, and any sense I had that the book was about a love of gardens and plants yielded to the notion that this person was besotted by illegality, and that plants were just the vehicle of his expression. He seemed to grow increasingly childish in his glee as the pages progressed. Somewhere over half way I grew very bored. The book had turned into a simplistic manual on how to garden, with outré delight in the illicit. I normally keep books I have read. I am selling this one.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Lovely book June 15 2008
By Ava Torre-Bueno - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
On Guerrilla Gardening is a delightful little book! The author mixes history, politics, environmentalism and practical gardening into an enjoyable weekend read.
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!
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A scattering of color photography enhances this eyebrow-raising gardening guide June 9 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
On Guerrilla Gardening: A Handbook for Gardening Without Boundaries is a different kind of gardening book, describing how to use the power of gardening to beautify land one does not own - a technically illegal practice! And so those who engage in it apply tactics of Mao Tse-tung and Che Guevara to the (mostly) nonviolent acts of gardening. Cultivating plants has the potential to be an act of political defiance, yet it is a defiance meant to spread colorful blooms, fragrant smells, and happiness among neighbors rather than bloodshed or pain. Chapters cover the history of guerrilla gardening, the necessary tools, recommended courses of action (including positive propaganda tactics) and much more. A scattering of color photography enhances this eyebrow-raising gardening guide.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Guerrilla Gardening inspiration July 7 2008
By K. Rudnicki - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I thought this book was great. After finishing reading the book I found a group in my area that was doing guerrilla gardening. I feel a lot better about living in LA now that I'm participating with the group. You can see what the book inspired at [...]
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not at all what I'd hoped it would be April 12 2011
By ClassicMoviePalace - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
When I ordered this book, I knew it was written by the individual who created so I'd hoped it would be chuck full of his experiences as a guerrilla gardener. It seemed that he was much more interested in be-laboring the "guerrilla fighter" metaphor which I felt was perhaps deserving of a paragraph or two, not several chapters. I was hoping it would be more of a how to for those of us who are starting out.

Thoroughly disappointed.