The Pothole Gardener

Steve Wheen certainly isn’t the first Guerrilla Gardener, however I do love his  mashup of a bit of creativity and a bit of gardening which he creates  in potholes and weed-filled patches in and around East London.

pothole garden clothes line steve wheen

(www.thepotholegardener.com)

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Guerilla Gardening

Guerilla Gardening is in no way a new trend…the earliest record of the term goes back to 1973, however, it has massively taken off in recent years with people becoming more environmentally friendly and caring more about the world around them, including the aesthetics. Guerilla Gardening is the direct action in  reclaiming land which is neglected or misused and assigning a new purpose to it, such as growing crops or plants. Some guerrilla gardeners carry out their ‘gardening’ at night, in relative secrecy and others prefer to work more openly during the day – seeking to engage with other people. Whatever way they go about it, there is no denying that they are making the places where we live a hell of a lot more beautiful, they are doing it in their own time and paying for their own seeds and produce…it really does make you want to get involved when you see the outcome of their time and effort.

Guerilla Gardening 2008 by sidselbech.

The best website to look at regarding Guerilla Gardening is – http://www.guerrillagardening.org – it shows loads of ways to get involved and cool projects which have taken place around the world. Guerilla Gardening has become so on-trend recently and ‘fashionable’ that even Vogue US did an editorial on it for their November 2009 issue called – ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good’ with a small write up on the trend. The night time editorial saw the model attempting to turn a concrete city into an urban oasis, as the images below show:

Vogue

 

Vogue 1

Vogue 2