Saturday, April 17, 2010

Guerrilla Gardening

Photo from Flickr user Shira Golding, used under Creative Commons license

According to the Smile Politely post, guerrillas have positioned themselves inside Champaign-Urbana. Lucky for us, they're guerrilla gardeners.

What's a guerrilla gardener? I don't care for the wikipedia definition, as it attaches meaning to the actions of guerrilla gardeners, labeling them as activists, environmentalists, and squatters, when they could just be committing random acts of horticulture. Defining them solely by action, guerrilla gardeners are folks who grow plants on land they do not own without permission.

So, if you've got a plot in the community garden at Meadowbook Park, you're not a guerrilla gardener, but if you plant in an abandoned neighborhood lot, you are.

Intrigued? We've got a book you can check out, called On Guerrilla Gardening: A Handbook for Gardening without Boundaries if you'd like more information.

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