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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (4 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865715831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865715837
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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David Tracey owns and operates EcoUrbanist, an environmental media+design company in Vancouver, and serves as Executive Director of Tree City Canada, a non-profit ecological engagement group. Also an international journalist, he is a consulting arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture, and holds a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of British Columbia.


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Inspiring really is the best word I can think of to describe this book.

I've got a few 'projects' in mind and come the nicer weather I hope to get up to some dastardly plant based deeds in the near future.

A really funny book, made reading it a fun experience. You can read cover to cover or use it as a manual as it's filled with a load of great advice and tips. All presented in a very novice friendly manner. Even a complete scrub like myself has come out the end of this book feeling confident enough to throw on a pair of gloves, grab my shovel and get going.

Brilliant read. :)
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"Its better to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission" - so runs the underlying theme of this wonderfully readable and entertaining guide to everything you'll ever need to know about the more subversive end of the urban community gardening movement. Guerilla gardening can be as simple as spontaneously clearing up litter and pulling out a few weeds from outside your front door to something as involved as collectively squatting derelict land and turning it into a beautiful or productive green space for the benefit of all.

Tracey places guerilla gardening into a historical context, from Adam and Eve (whatever became of the seeds of that forbidden fruit???), and the potato planting nomads of North West India over 1000 years ago, through to the (probably mythical) early American travelling tree planter Johnny Appleseed, the Yippies and Green Guerillas of 1970s urban USA, right up to the "Resistance Is Fertile" Direct Activists of May Day 2000 in Parliament Square and beyond. Strangely overlooked however are Gerard Winstanley and the Diggers, who in 1649 came to work the land in common at St Georges Hill in Surrey before being brutally suppressed by the local gentry. California Governor Ronald Reagun's forcible eviction of the Berkeley People's Park in 1969, during which a bystander was killed and hundreds more injured when police opened fire on demonstrators, shows that when it comes to land access for the people, the attitudes of the Men of Property have not changed a great deal over the centuries...
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HASH(0x910bb3e4) out of 5 stars Good book, but more pictures/illustrations would help 28 July 2008
By C. Barnard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I liked this book as it was a good read on a topic which has the ability to be over written. The book covers the philosophy of guerrilla gardening, has a few pictures, and numerous accounts from other people involved in guerrilla gardening. I feel the accounts are the strong point of this book as it has community garden leaders, public officials, and other peoples views on guerrilla gardening. It really gives you a good basis on the issue of greening our cities. There's also a lot of info on potential grow sites, asking permission, recommended plants, and many other gardening basics.

The weak point of this book is the lack of color photographs and illustrations. I know that guerrilla gardening is pretty straight forward, but inclusion of pictures can really help get the juices flowing.
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HASH(0x910bb7ec) out of 5 stars Book already has dirt stains on it... 9 April 2009
By J. Friedrich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
and I've just begun. This book is a great start to beautify and improve the landscape around you. Gardeners and activist alike will enjoy the tips and clear format of Guerrilla Gardening. Lots of pictures too!
HASH(0x910bb864) out of 5 stars Poorly-written 30 Aug. 2011
By Adrienne - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is very poorly-written. Each paragraph is a random tangent or non sequitur. It is so bad that it seems as though this book was written by the author in one drug-induced manic episode.

I really do appreciate the content, but a good Editor would have left much of this text on the cutting room floor.
8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x910bbbf4) out of 5 stars A guide any urban public lending library will find appealing and different. 6 Aug. 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Guerrilla gardeners have a habit of taking vacant lots and public spaces and turning them into gardens, with or without permission - and this provides a basic guide to greening cities with such a strategy. From locating cheap or free plants and seeds and getting soil conditions up to par to planning to bring back birds and knowing when to ask permission versus when to seek forgiveness after the fact, GUERRILLA GARDENING is a guide any urban public lending library will find appealing and different.
4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x910bbd2c) out of 5 stars ok book on inner city gardening...but enough with the politics already!!! 5 Aug. 2010
By Michael W. Fitzpatrick - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked the creative ways the author documents what worked in Canada for making the inner city there nicer by adding plants, planting on private property and even the parts about the guy who spray painted improvements (as in artwork) to the crosswalks up north...I was so turned off about how he kept pointing out about left and right, and Al Gore global warming it made me want to toss the book. if they kept the politics out of it the book would have been so much better...I only picked up the book because I live in an urban area and wanted to see what I needed to have a garden in the back mini-yard....
I gave him three stars cause the info, pics, and ideas were interesting- but again he totally bought in to politics on the left and even if I'm not with either the left or right- I am about sick of politics- the last place I want to read about Mr. monster House/private plane/ climategatioligist, Cap and Trade -con man- payable to the world IMF bank, Al Gore is my pleasure reading. Pe'shaw.

that being said the rest of the book that I could read after that was ok. (and no I don't support Bush or Obama. I am only interested in personal freedoms!)
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