Defiant Gardens Making Gardens in Wartime PDF/EPUB ☆

Defiant Gardens Making Gardens in Wartime PDF/EPUB ☆

Defiant Gardens Making Gardens in Wartime ❴Read❵ ➲ Defiant Gardens Making Gardens in Wartime Author Kenneth I. Helphand – 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 Making Gardens Epub á 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 Defiant Gardens ePUB Ò Illustrated with archival photos this remarkable book examines gardens of war in the th 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 Gardens Making Gardens PDF/EPUB Ä in the Persian Gulf Vietnam and Korea Proving that gardens are far than peaceful respites from the outside world Defiant Gardens is a thought provoking analysis of why people create natural spaces.

10 thoughts on “Defiant Gardens Making Gardens in Wartime

  1. jess jess says:

    This is basically the most inspirational garden book I've ever seen This is about gardening in times of adversity and not just a tomato blight or wet summer kind of adversity but really the most awful challenges to the human spirit The gardens in this book include the gardens in the trenches tended by WWI soldiers ghetto gardens in Nazi Germany Japanese American internment camp gardens the transitional gardens of homeless people in NYC and immigrant gardening in urban spaces There is a little information about resources designs and re purposing and then there are photos of the gardens and the gardeners The gardens could be practically anywhere or anytime really just black and white photos of small jungles of food pressed into weird spaces and harsh landscapes but the gardeners tie the place to a specific moment The gardeners give a context to each photo and illustrate the revolutionary act of planting a seed tending a plant and hoping you'll be around to harvest Reading this book was a somber humbling experience for me

  2. Lise Lise says:

    ExcerptAs I write and you read this war rages on and defiant gardens are celebrated somewhere in the world It has always been so In 2004 soldiers from North Dakota of the 141st Engineer Combat Battalion stationed near Tikrit Ira planted gardens with seeds donated from home Sergeant Bob Syverson and Staff Sergeant Bill Poukka planted sunflowers Syverson said of the garden “I thought it’d be kind of homey touch over here” and revealing a true connection to the landscape of home he added “It’d be nice if there was a lawn to mow too”Sergeants Justin Wanzek and Carl uam Jr decided to plant a garden because “we were missing home farming and the joy of growing something” Neither their Meals ready to Eat MREs nor the supply trucks arriving at their Forward Operating Base FOB supplied fresh vegetables which proved a strong motivation to plant produce Garden hoses and sprinklers were ill adapted to local conditions so the soldiers adopted local irrigation and planting techniues and they learned from local practice how to plant in this arid sandy environment They were pleased “just to grow something green out here” uam described their North Dakota garden experience as “good family times and maybe in a way the garden helped me kind of cope with missing them I caught myself drifting back to home with the four of us all spending uality family time in our garden” These soldiers’ gardens were made in their limited spare time that uam describes as follows” “At the time of garden prep planting weeding and watering Sgt Wanzek and myself along with the rest of our crew were running 4 6 combat patrols a week in 100 140 degree weather When we came back to our area we had a hard time getting motivated to work and weed but we did Like I said it was good therapy to relax after a day of dodging roadside bombs RPGs and escorting semi trucks full of unexploded ordnance over the worst stretch of road in northern Ira”

  3. Suzy Suzy says:

    I give this book 5 stars for such uniue subject matter gardens that have been called forth from the earth in the midst of unthinkable horror A must read

  4. lia lia says:

    This book is pretty amazing Almost scholarly in nature with chapters on different wars tons of incredible photos The section on gardens in the Terezin Jewish Ghetto during WW 2 was particularly heartbreaking and beautiful

  5. Margaret Sankey Margaret Sankey says:

    The author a professor of landscape architecture was draw to the photo of the clergy of Westminster Cathedral making a garden out of the bomb crater behind their church in 1942 Helphand then tracks down gardens made by WWI soldiers as an escape from the trenches and some measure of control over their lives and environment WWII prisoners of war whose survival depended on the extra calories and who stayed sane with productive work and had ambivalent hopes about staying in one place long enough to harvest interned Japanese Americans who made lovely Asian style pools and gardens in the desert of Minidoka and Manzanar elite British women in Changdi who actually had useful gardening skills and prisoners of the Polish ghettos who had trained to work kibbutzes but dragged sustenance out of every suare inch of Warsaw Lavishly illustrated with amazing photographs sketches and artifacts Concludes with studies of prison gardening as rehabilitation and the continued efforts by soldiers to get a little green space wherever they are in this case North Dakota engineers and a tiny tiny patch of grass in Tikrit

  6. Emma Emma says:

    This book is painstakingly researched I was most interested in the first and last chapter where the author talked about the significance of the gardens rather than say the dimensions of the plots but it was all interestingHe takes a look at gardens that were developed in unlikely in some cases impossible places like first world war trenches Jewish ghettos POW camps and internment camps looking at the purpose and meaning of those gardens as well as descriptions of their physical properties and lots of interesting photosOne story stuck with me a little Jewish girl's sister was dying and wanted to see 'something green' so the girl risked death to duck under the wire in order to retrieve a single leaf from outside the ghetto which she placed in a glass of water next to her sister's bedHe notes Winston Churchill's words to the effect that the chief occupation of man is warwar and gardening and the destructioncreation despairhope warpeace themes run throughout the book

  7. Mary Mary says:

    Lovely book Gorgeous photos But can be a bit of a slog Helphand wants very much to ensure that the reader understands just how very remarkable it was that gardens existed in the most degraded both physically morally of landscapes that he includes a huge amount of war time contextual information I ended up learning about WWI trench warfare than I really needed to in order to understand how very cool it was that soldiers built and tended to lovely little flower or vegetable plots directly adjacent to the trenches Neat book though

  8. Loren Loren says:

    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

  9. Rogue Reader Rogue Reader says:

    Remarkable research into the symbolism of gardens as hope food and home Helphand covers WWII European Jewish ghettos and camps the US Japanese internment camps and soldiers on the line Some later updates but not the focus of the work Fascinating with many photos

  10. Sarah Sarah says:

    started sidetrackedbut it helped me regroup and realize that my chosen profession was a worthy one after all

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