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Urban Gardening With Succulents in Beautiful Vancouver, BC


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Robin Hoods of Neglected Landscapes

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Hello,

Hope everyone had a beautiful and happy Easter long weekend.  Today I am going to discuss the hot topic of guerilla gardening.  I recently started guerilla gardening in the city of Vancouver and have found the blogs surrounding it extremely interesting.  Through investigating the discussion pages and profiles of those commenting I have come to realize that seldom do guerilla gardeners fit into the common stereotypes of hippies, anti-globalist and radical anarchists.  I myself am not a stereotypical guerilla gardener.  I am a University student studying general arts who loves playing hockey and reading books on animals and botany.  For me, is not merely the sheer beauty of plants I find interesting but the capability they have in transforming people emotionally (working part time at the garden store I witness the power plants possess in bringing happiness daily).  It is this social transformation I find extremely fulfilling about the practice of guerilla gardening.  For me, guerilla gardening is not a political statement about public space.  It is the transformation from drab and depressing to a beautiful and inviting space.  What I am meaning to say is that guerilla gardening is a far from a static term.   Guerilla gardening is a dynamic activity that serves various purposes for a variety of people.  I believe blogs have changed the perception of guerilla gardeners by inviting discussion surrounding the topics and through the diverse and personal features of blogs.  Blogs invite us to explore the personal thoughts, opinions and personalities of those who write them.  By inviting the readers to get to know them, online blogs act as profiles that alter the one dimensional stereotypes of guerilla gardeners and help to world envision those who guerilla garden as a combination of identities.  On guerilla gardening blogs I have come across posts on discussion boards left by a kindergarten teacher wanting to make seed balls with her class, a grandmother wanting to teach her 2 year granddaughter how to make seed balls and a variety of individuals seeking advice.  These examples alter the perception that guerilla gardeners are radical hippies and in this case can be seen as mothers and grandmothers looking to teach children about plants.  From exploring various guerilla gardening blogs I have come to notice the ability they have had in forming groups with collective interests with diverse backgrounds.  The online world has not only helped to spread helpful guerilla gardening information, but has changed the way guerilla gardeners are viewed.  I have come to realize that guerilla gardening blogs serve the important function of creating a space for community dialogue and discussion.  Through which, community attachment and change is developed through the inclusion of various people.  I would love to hear your opinion on the relationship of blogs and guerilla gardening.  If any guerilla gardeners read this I would love to hear about your experiences

Goodnight!

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Hello!

Hello world!
I am new to blogging so this will take me some time to get the hang of but I thought I would quickly introduce myself. I am presently a university student with a passion for hockey, hiking, exploring, crafting, gardening and creating. To be concise I love nature!
Since landing the most amazing part-time job at a local garden store, I have found a new love for gardening and have come to understand the happiness plants can bring into people lives. I now assist kind and animated customers at the garden store compared to the commonly grumpy and rushed customers at the grocery store I once worked at. Maybe it is the beautiful spring weather and break from the Vancouver rain that makes people so friendly in the garden store but I believe there is more to it.
I have come to understand from just over a year of part-time work, that gardening makes people feel purposeful and needed. Gardening brings about the responsibility to remember to water, to fertilize and to be attentive. Caring for something other than oneself allows for acts of compassion for other living organisms. It is truly a therapeutic practice caring for plants and it can be rewarding in many cases. After my first year of starting a vegetable garden with my family I experienced a few disasters (the broccoli bolted and went to seed along with the bok choy) and a handful of success (fresh lettuce, butternut squash, snap peas and some good-looking corn if I don’t say so myself!). I am getting off topic but what I was trying to explain is that not only are there intrinsic benefits to gardening but there are tangible benefits as well. There is fresh organic produce waiting to be grown in even the smallest urban spaces! It just takes some creativity and patience.
It’s time to finish a paper and maybe a quick flip through Fine Gardening but I will leave you with a picture of my neighbour’s adorable cat that I kitty-sit for. In the background you can see her amazing urban garden. My neighbour has made amazing usage of a fairly small space and transformed it into a secret garden. I will upload better photos of it soon!
Goodnight!

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