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On Guerrilla Gardening: A Handbook for Gardening without Boundaries Hardcover – 1 May 2008
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A spirited cry for gardeners to unite and reclaim derelict urban spaces, complete with tips and inspiring success stories. -- Portland Tribune, 6 June 2008
Probably the most unusual garden book of 2008. On Guerrilla Gardening is well-researched, thorough and truly inspirational. (Noel Kingsbury) -- BBC Gardens Illustrated, July 2008
The best book on the subject so far. -- Powell's Books
[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, 8 June 2008
About the Author
Richard Reynolds' first illegal cultivation was at college, where he planted windowsills with boxes of Busy Lizzies. He became a guerrilla gardener in earnest in 2004 when he moved into a council block with dilapidated communal flowerbeds in London's Elephant & Castle.
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The book is more than just a documentation of what has already gone on, it is in itself a productive force that will no doubt alter the landscape by its publication. It is a book that will help to legitimate the democratisation of land at a much more local and individual scale than is true of most of the famous political `guerrillas' he draws insight from.
This is much more than a book about guerrilla gardening and will be of interest to geographers, political scientists, and students of planning and landscape. It is a treatise on the use and misuse of space that challenges the reader to think about how spaces are conceived, used, abused and also how the legal ownership and use of that land is not as fixed as it may appear. Gardening in this book is more than planting; it is a tool for the democratisation of space.
A wonderful book, beautifully written, presented and providing a gateway into a movement that is growing and blooming in the manner of the most beautiful and diverse gardens. And diversity is key. At many points in the book, Reynolds highlights the fact that guerrilla gardening is a movement that acts as an umbrella for a diverse group of political beliefs, lifestyle choices and gardening motives.
The book is split into two sections: one describing the motives, ideas and history of the movement. The second section is packed with practical and easy to follow advice on how to get started as well as how to gain support and develop your garden into something beyond a hobby and into something that is extremely valuable for the community.
In selecting the book's style, Reynolds has clearly opted for the method which would make the book as inclusive as possible. And one may conclude that his strategy has been effective. After visiting the website,I learnt that two gardens within 2 minutes from my front door that I always appreciated and assumed to be the work of Haringey council, is actually the work of guerrilla gardeners.
The garden, like the truth in the X Files, is out there.
Power to the Guerrilla Gardeners of the world and to this well written and thoroughly enjoyable book.
An interest in making our surroundings a better place is all you need. Which helps give the lover of urban landscapes by providing an in-road into making their environment a better place - and appreciating how that has been achieved by others.
It's as inspirational a book as the reader wants it to be.
Well written and presented I can't recommend this book strongly enough.
Above all I enjoyed reading it. It made me laugh and feel inspired.
If you do fancy reading the contents too, you'll see that this is also a fantastically enjoyable, highly readable, beautifully illustrated and surprisingly intelligent first outing, by someone I think we'll all be seeing a lot more of in the next few years.
Reynolds is a self-styled 'Guerrilla Gardener'. He digs, weeds and replants unloved public spaces in South London, at night. Anyone who has followed his short but intriguing media career will have noticed that he manages to do this surrounded by an unfeasibly glamourous 'posse' of young Londoners who, it appears, self-select based on good looks, edgy postcodes and highly fashionable ecological credentials. This is not one of those dreadlocked new agers digging up Parliament square and giving Winston a Mohican - more of a well spoken Jamie Oliver of the flowerbeds.
Given all that I'd seen in the newspapers I'd expected a lighthearted, very London (in the Banksy sense of the word) but ultimately feather-light stocking filler. Instead I was surprised to find a thoughtfully written and well referenced book that is one third horticulture, one third social history and one third urban geography. Throughout there are also tracts of effortlessly funny writing. I think it's a charming read and worth a place on any serious gardener's (or urban geographer's) bookshelf.
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Whilst I agree wholeheartedly with the principle of gardening neglected public space, I found Reynolds' tone irritating at...Read more