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Secret Gardening Movement Uses Plants As Nature’s Graffiti

Guerilla landscapers plant illegally on abandoned or neglected property and create green spaces in unlikely places.

Leah Gonzalez
Leah Gonzalez on June 5, 2013. @leahgonz

Instead of guns in their hands they clutch spades and rakes. Instead of bullets and bombs, they have seeds and plants. Those are the guerilla gardeners, a type of soldiers of nature if you will. Guerilla gardeners find small or large patches of abandoned or neglected land and turn them into flowerbeds and gardens without permission from the landowner or authorities.

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Guerilla Gardening basically means planting on land that doesn’t really belong to the gardener. Most often it’s a public piece of property that has been abandoned or neglected. Guerilla gardeners have been known to create unassuming gardens in curbs, empty lots, and potholes. These gardeners have been referred to as ‘artists’ who use plants and flowers as natural graffiti to spruce up areas in their neighborhood.

The beginnings of the Guerilla Gardening movement is credited to Richard Reynolds who started his cultivation in and around London years ago. What used to be a sort of “secret” movement has grown into a worldwide movement. Now there are guerilla gardeners all over the world.

You can find out more on the website or on their Facebook page.

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