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The Green Life: The Secret Garden

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April 24, 2008

The Secret Garden

Gl_guerilla For a decade, Scott Bunnell has been tilling a road median in Long Beach, California, turning dirt into a paradise of aloes and agaves. It's illegal, but he just can't help himself. Recently he learned he's part of an international cadre of guerrilla gardeners--rebels with shovels who plant on neglected public and private land, sometimes in the dark of night. They strategize at guerrillagardening.org, and a related book, On Guerrilla Gardening, arrives in May. "It's like a graffiti artist seeing a blank wall or a surfer seeing a good wave," says Bunnell. "When I see an open area of land, I envision a garden."

Illustration by Mark Matcho; used with permission.

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