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10 thoughts on “Defiant Gardens

  1. says:

    Excerpt As 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, Iraq, 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 add Excerpt As 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, Iraq, 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 Quam 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...


  2. 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 garde...


  3. says:

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


  4. 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. 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 enoug 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 d...


  6. 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 interesting.He 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 proper 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...


  7. 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 learningabout 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 pl Lovely book Gorgeous photos But can be a bit of a ...


  8. 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. 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. says:

    Not too scholarly and full of inspirational photographs and personal accounts An excellent book and unique collection of research on this material.


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Defiant Gardens 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 Than Peaceful Respites From The Outside World, Defiant Gardens Is A Thought Provoking Analysis Of Why People Create Natural Spaces.