10 Most Awesome Guerrilla Gardens from Around the World

Posted by Yasha Wallin

Guerrilla gardening has been used for ages as a means of protest, a way to beautify a neighborhood, cultivate food, and build community. It's often done illegally, on appropriated land, and while some have equated it vandalism and trespassing, plenty of others argue it affects a locale positively, greening abandoned and forgotten spaces. While Johnny Appleseed could be considered our nation's first guerrilla gardener, some recent examples of how people are using green interventions to better their unused public areas, show the phenomena growing. Here's a round up of ten of our favorite guerrilla gardens—in many iterations—from around the world.

1. The dumpster garden

2. The cacti hydrant

3. May Day mohawk, U.K.

4. Poster pocket planters

5. Moss graffitti

6. Camo car

7. Newspaper box planter

8. Plastic bottle planters

9. Sidewalk spillover

10. Pothole gardening by Steve Wheen

Image 1 via (cc) Flickr user Aulagarden; Image 2 via Turnstylenews.com; Images 4 and 9 via Inhabitat; Image 7 via Popupcity.org; image 6 via Destructables.org; Image via Streetartutopia.com

This post is part of the GOOD community's 50 Building Blocks of Citizenship—weekly steps to being an active, engaged global citizen. This week: Plant a Guerrilla Garden. Follow along and join the conversation at good.is/citizenship and on Twitter at #goodcitizen.