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Transitory Gardens, Uprooted Lives

“Most of the gardens documented in this book have been destroyed.”

By Ms. Margaret Morton and Ms. Diana Balmori
Yale University Press, 160 pages
February 22, 1995

Jimmy’s garden on the Lower East Side of Manhattan – an assortment of stones and garbage bags, five tires, a chair, a skid, a refrigerator shelf, some ailanthus trees and goldfish, a wooden fence, and a pond with water carried by hand from a nearby fire hydrant – was recently bulldozed by the city. Jimmy then disappeared. Anna’s garden is surrounded by a tall chainlink fence and filled with a menagerie of dolls and stuffed animals. The animals are whole, the dolls are maimed. Anna is a recluse who speaks to no one. The neighbors say she was in a concentration camp as a child.

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SpacesTV visits a New York community garden

The Urban Gardener
A SpacesTV video
SPACES serves up home decorating ideas, and delivers inspiration and innovation from top designers, enthusiastic celebrities, and hands-on professionals.

Urban Gardener is a video series dedicated to exploring some of the most interesting city green spaces and meeting some of the most creative urban gardeners around the US, whether they’re just off a street or ontop of a skyscraper – we’ll find ’em.

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City begins removal of five-month-old Occupy Toronto vegetable garden


Video of the garden from last summer.

“The garden was planted as an act of civil disobedience in the name of food security”

By Renata D’Aliesio
The Globe and Mail
Sep. 28 2012

Excerpt:

The City of Toronto began dismantling a vegetable garden at Queen’s Park on Friday that was planted illegally nearly five months ago as part of the Occupy movement.

The small plot contained peas and cherry tomato plants and had been dubbed the People’s Peas Garden.

Jacob Moreland, a garden representative, said about 200 people had tended to the garden over the summer, planting, weeding and harvesting. Mr. Moreland contends the city should have advised the group before removing the plants.

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