Seems like much of the gardening news in the last year has been about “urban gardening” (when it isn’t about the White House kitchen garden), and that got me wondering what folks think it IS. So I did the requisite Google-diving and found – not much.
So here’s what urban gardening is to me, as outlined in the new Urban Gardening section on my very own website, where I hope future Googlers wanting to green-up their cities will find dozens of great links to follow.
- Community gardens, like these gardens in Dallas (photo above), which were recommended to me by the American Community Gardening Assoc. (Also recommended? Growing Power in Milwaukee, brilliantly headed up by Will Allen.)
- Gardening on small lots, rooftops, balconies, even fire escapes.
- School gardens and children’s gardens in the community.
- Improving our parks and bringing more plants into our concrete jungle, especially trees.
- Farmers’ markets.
- Urban farms and homesteading, making the best use of every plot of land, no matter how small or unlikely as a garden.
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Know of great examples? Tell me in a comment and I’ll add them – by category or by city here on “Cities that Garden“.
One of the many cool side effects of all these gardening programs are the documentaries about them, including this one by Cintia Cabib aptly called “A Community of Gardeners“. At a recent showing the credits rolled and Judy Tiger, DC’s doyenne of garden activism, turned to me and sighed, “I could watch community gardeners all day.” Me, too, girlfriend.