Image: front cover Buy Print Book Now
  •  CDN $23.95 
  •  USD $19.95 


Buy Ebook Now
  •  CDN $19.95     CDN $12.95
  •  USD $19.95     USD $12.95

Paperback – 240 pages
7.5 Inches × 9 Inches (w × h)

Weight: 460 Grams
BISAC: GARDENING / Urban
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9780865715837
Pub. Date: 2007-04-01

About the Author

David Tracey

David Tracey is a journalist and environmental designer who operates EcoUrbanist in Vancouver. He is Executive Director of Tree City Canada, a non-profit ecological engagement group.

view author profile

Guerrilla Gardening

A Manualfesto

by David Tracey



The term "guerrilla" may bring to mind a small band of armed soldiers, moving in the dead of night on a stealth mission. In the case of guerrilla gardening, the soldiers are planters, the weapons are shovels, and the mission is to transform an abandoned lot into a thing of beauty. Once an environmentalist's nonviolent direct action for inner-city renewal, this approach to urban beautification is spreading to all types of people in cities around the world.

These modern-day Johnny Appleseeds perform random acts of gardening, often without the property owner's prior knowledge or permission. Typical targets are vacant lots, railway land, underused public squares, and back alleys. The concept is simple, whimsical and has the cheeky appeal of being a not-quite-legal call to action. Dig in some soil, plant a few seeds, or mend a sagging fence -- one good deed inspiring another, with win-win results all around.

Guerrilla Gardening outlines the power-to-the-people campaign for greening our cities. Tips for effective involvement include:

  • finding plants and seeds cheap (or free)
  • handling city officials
  • getting the dirt on soil
  • planting to bring back the birds
  • knowing when to ask permission and when to seek forgiveness

Social activists, city dwellers and long-time gardeners will delight in this fast-paced and funny call to arms.

You might also enjoy

The Year-Round Hoophouse

The Year-Round Hoophouse

Polytunnels for All Seasons and All Climates

Design and build a hoophouse or polytunnel, and grow abundant produce year-round in any climate 

Growing in hoophouses – also known as high tunnels …

view title info
The Year-Round Hoophouse

The Year-Round Hoophouse

Polytunnels for All Seasons and All Climates

Design and build a hoophouse or polytunnel, and grow abundant produce year-round in any climate 

Growing in hoophouses – also known as high tunnels …

view title info
Raising Goats Naturally, 2nd Edition

Raising Goats Naturally, 2nd Edition

The Complete Guide to Milk, Meat, and More

Produce your own milk, cheese, meat, fiber, fertilizer, and more

Incorporating dairy goats into a diversified homestead can be the key to greater …

view title info
A Tiny Home to Call Your Own

A Tiny Home to Call Your Own

Living Well in Just-Right Houses

Unfetter and unclutter your life by learning how and why to transition to a tiny home 

Do you feel as though you’re living in an expensive and …

view title info
The Year-Round Hoophouse

The Year-Round Hoophouse

Polytunnels for All Seasons and All Climates

Design and build a hoophouse or polytunnel, and grow abundant produce year-round in any climate 

Growing in hoophouses – also known as high tunnels …

view title info

New Society Publishers have decided to sell their ebooks without copy protection or DRM (Digital Rights Management) so that customers can enjoy full use of their ebook purchase. In return we expect our customers to respect this decision.

By clicking in the box below, you agree that you will:

  • NOT make illegal or unauthorized copies of our ebooks.
  • ONLY make copies of our ebooks for backup purposes.
  • NOT sell or give copies of our ebooks to family, friends, associates, etc., or upload to any file-sharing sites.
I agree to the above terms and conditions
Our ebooks are available in PDF or EPUB format.
Please choose the correct format for your device.
Buy PDF Version