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Potholes Wanted: How I'm Greening Cities with Microscopic Gardens

by Steve Wheen

April 16, 2013

My work is all about creating unexpected moments of happiness for people. I'm constantly surprised at how my miniature gardens seem to make a big impact on people. When people come across my work they will do a double take, smile, then stop and generally take a picture.

In the past I've worked on larger scale guerrilla gardening projects, but it was when I worked on a much smaller scale that people seemed more interested (which was never the goal, mind you). My little gardens began as simple installations, a respite from the greyness of London. Over time I began adding miniature props to create scenes that tell stories about current events, and anything else that's on my mind (from the Olympics to Kate and Will's wedding).

I source my little props from all around the place, often people send them to me and I find a way to incorporate them.

The great thing about the project is that now people are getting out there and creating their own pothole gardens and sending photos to me. I've had pictures from all around the world and I've even dedicated a page on my blog to these now.

My first book, The Little Book of Little Gardens published by Dokument Press came out last year, and I'm just starting to work on a new video series that will be launched on my YouTube channel soon

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 and on Twitter at #goodcitizen.

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