Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “On Guerrilla Gardening: The Why, What, and How of Cultivating Neglected Public Space” as Want to Read:
On Guerrilla Gardening: The Why, What, and How of Cultivating Neglected Public Space
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

On Guerrilla Gardening: The Why, What, and How of Cultivating Neglected Public Space

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  184 ratings  ·  30 reviews

When Richard Reynolds began planting flowers secretly at night outside his tower block in South London he had no idea he was part of a growing global movement committed to combating the forces of neglect, land shortage and apathy towards public spaces. But his blog GuerrillaGardening.org attracted other guerrillas from around the world to share their experiences of the

...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 27th 2008 by Bloomsbury USA (first published May 5th 2008)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about On Guerrilla Gardening, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about On Guerrilla Gardening

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 572)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Aaron
I really dug this book. I have been a guerrilla gardener off and on now for several years, mostly planting giant sunflowers. To clarify, a guerrilla gardener gardens on neglected public land without permission. Discovering this book was like finding the handbook, and network, I always wished I had. Richard Reynolds takes it farther than I had previously imagined, enlisting troops to go on large digs (roadside embankments, traffic circles, vacant lots, etc.) in an attempt to beautify the urban la...more
Pete Sharon
I read this when I was living with my first garden in London, and was totally smitten by the gardening bug. (This is easy to fall prey to, since the UK has a ferociously avid gardening culture that has no equivalent in the US. For example, the Chelsea garden show is covered on TV for three consecutive nights--in prime time!)
So now, I find myself slammed down in Slummerville, MA and completely surrounded by pavement, and this book is giving me ideas. Total punk rock approach to what has tradition...more
Erica
A very basic introduction to guerrilla gardening. So basic, I'm not exactly sure what demographic would read and learn by it. Written largely from a British perspective, for British spaces (plant suggestions are somewhat limited for other climates).
It has an oddly formal layout, a weird medium for this particular political message. I get that it's essentially a "handbook"--this is borne out much better in the latter half of the book than the beginning (the first half is history/politics; the se...more
Harkinna

Ever heard of guerrilla gardening? People all over the world are taking over unused land and planting gardens! It is such a fun idea, especially if the land is lying fallow. And now there is a manual for people who want to try it: On Guerrilla Gardening. The small book includes the history of the movement and pictures of people out there doing it.

Did you know that Victory Gardens during World War II supplied 42 percent of all fresh food to the country? There seems to have been a recent resurgenc...more
Ava
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 mak...more
Abby Hagler
The guy who wrote this book is hilariously candid. I wonder if he took his notes from a blog and just made a book out of it. He has funny side notes, such as not making jokes about gorillas and guerillas. He also has a lot of helpful information about plants, about organizing yourself to become a guerilla gardener, and about re-envisioning space around us. There's an entire web site dedicated to stories of guerilla gardening.
G
This sounds like a really fantastic idea, although I probably ought to get my own garden under control before I start toying around in random places. I do, however, find myself picking out weedy, dead-looking spots that could use some sprucing up every time I'm out and about. This is a really comprehensive how-to guide and it's filled with stories and bits of dry humor, so it's not like reading an instruction manual at all.
AJ
This is a pretty quick read, but it's got some great information about Guerrilla Gardening. The author is the founder of the website GuerrillaGardening.org and gives an overview of the history of guerrilla gardening, how-tos, etc. It's a pretty good read and has inspired me to think about places in the Boston area that I can beautify with plants.
Aaron
Aug 27, 2008 Aaron marked it as to-read
Really excited about this concept, especially in how it relates to other interventionist/subversive educational strategies (my own nascent terminology, I'm sure there is a better one out there) like culture jamming, graffiti and certain performative/conceptual art work. Really excited to read this and perhaps start some guerrilla gardening myself around the town!
William
An odd little book.

Guerrilla gardeners are people who garden, without permission, on property they do not own.

Includes anecdotes from many cities, but Milwaukee is not one of them.

It is not surprising to learn that some elected officials would rather have an ugly, neglected space than a space beautified by someone who is not under their thumb.

LisaKaren


This was a lot of fun & surprisingly practical. Lots of great photos. There is plenty of advice about every aspect and complication of gardening without permission. Since I have already begun a bit of unauthorized planting it's cool to feel like part of something bigger. I especially liked the historical bits. (thanks for the gift Taylor)
Jack Ngan
Aug 11, 2010 Jack Ngan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in playing outdoors, naturality, beautifying and urban culture
Recommended to Jack by: My room mate
I enjoyed it a lot. It provides a new perspective to and appreciation for gardening by introducing it as an activity that's part of a community or culture rather than an independent project in your back yard (which is kick-ass too though). This book has definitely enriched my life by presenting me with a foreign pleasure I now enjoy.
Jill
I enjoyed this book. It was sort of a revolutionary's approach to gardening, about taking over public spaces, changing the world, and well, making things pretty. : ) I don't know that I'll become a guerrilla gardener, as I have a short enough attention span with the garden in my own back yard, but it was a fun read.
Alison Kagen
great subject & a good collection of information, hints & anecdotes; but strangely not compelling, probably due to writing style; if you're already sympathetic/interested/possibly semi-guerrilla already, the frameworks of reasons for g/gardening & what one might garden are helpful
Damson
A really entertaining read!
Juliezs
An interesting idea, hard for me to grasp as a rural-living person, but I could see how city-dwellers would be into reclaiming un-gardened space and making it their own. A bit too heavy handed on do this not that, call it this, not that.
Chelsea
this doesn't feel like a book, its more like a website, where they only let the surface stories out. if you'd like to know a few things about the guerrilla gardening movement, i'd be happy to lend my copy, but don't buy it.
Leah
Nov 05, 2010 Leah added it
This book was interesting. I enjoyed it. Not anything I would need to own. Pretty basic information on the how-to, but really informative on how to be a guerilla gardener politely and how to handle others.
Emily
This was an incredibly enjoyable and informative read about the world of guerrilla gardening. Hopefully I will still feel inspired by it come spring and do a little illicit gardening of my own.
Ame
I was surprised to see a stack of this title at the library! Brought back memories of my involvement in Gardeners Against the Work Ethic.
(GAWE). Excuse me, I must go plant things now.
Shanna
Jun 24, 2008 Shanna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Shanna by: NYTimes
Shelves: enviro-nature
Pretty cover.
First half much better than the second half. Second half should have just read: "Put some seeds in the ground" or something of the sort.
Nothing really new, but fun.
Joshua Sierk
INSPIRATIONAL!
always carry seeds with you.
grow the world. it's natural!
lovely photos in this book.

thanks to my sister&brother-in-law for the gift of the book
Darlene
I've just started the book but it explains why I have suddenly seen a bunch of sunflowers around the lamp posts in my neighborhood and other places - good for them.
Soopaseb
Heart-lifting reading that inspires more than one people to take part of this from the ground action ! :D
Karen
Oct 10, 2012 Karen added it
Another manifesto to go plant some goodies on land you don't own. Love it!
Jenny
Very subjective but filled with lots of interesting ideas and history
Gina
Fascinating little book about gardening outside the lines.
Andy Stainton


Plant like a motherfucka!
Susan
funny, useful, inspiring
Colleen
I <3 Guerrilla Gardening!
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 19 20 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Charas, the improbable dome builders
  • Dreamworld and Catastrophe: The Passing of Mass Utopia in East and West
  • 100 Suns
  • Cindy Sherman: Retrospective
  • The Cinematic
  • Project Japan. Metabolism Talks...
  • Land & Environmental Art
  • The Devil's Playground
  • A Crackup at the Race Riots
  • Endgame: The Betrayal And Fall Of Srebrenica, Europe's Worst Massacre Since World War II
  • Touch and Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine '79-'83
  • Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn
  • Strangeland
  • The Heirloom Life Gardener: The Baker Creek Way of Growing Your Own Food Easily and Naturally
  • Perennial Vegetables: From Artichokes to Zuiki Taro, a Gardener's Guide to Over 100 Delicious and Easy to Grow Edibles
  • Edible Forest Gardens, Volume 2: Ecological Design and Practice for Temperate Climate Permaculture
  • Garden Anywhere: How to grow gorgeous container gardens, herb gardens, kitchen gardens, and more, without spending a fortune
  • Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living
On Doctoring: Stories, Poems, Essays Super Heroes: A Modern Mythology Texas Then & Now: Text And Contemporary Rephotography  The Best of Mother Jones Texas Impressions

Share This Book