Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime

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Trinity University Press, 2006 - Gardening - 303 pages
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Why is it that in the midst of a war, one can still find gardens? In the most brutal environments, both stateside and on the battlefield, they continue to flourish. Wartime gardens are dramatic examples of what Kenneth I. Helphand calls "defiant gardens” -- gardens created in extreme social, political, economic, or cultural conditions. Illustrated with archival photos, this remarkable book examines gardens of war in the 20th century, including gardens built behind the trenches in World War I, in the Warsaw and other ghettos during World War II, and in Japanese-American internment camps, as well as gardens created by soldiers at their bases and encampments during wars in the Persian Gulf, Vietnam, and Korea. Proving that gardens are far more than peaceful respites from the outside world, Defiant Gardens is a thought-provoking analysis of why people create natural spaces.

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The only reason people even find this interesting is that we have become so detached from our old Agrarian way of life that it amazes us that in times of war & conflict people actually grew shit! But alas, the photos and other art included alone are simply amazing. Read full review

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Saw a great talk last year by Helphand. Juuuuust starting to get inside the cover of this now. Read full review


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Kenneth I. Helphand is a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

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