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Defiant Gardens
Defiant Gardens by Ken Helphand


Defiant gardens are gardens created during times of extreme crisis, built behind the trenches of World War I, on both sides of the Western Front; in Jewish ghettos and Nazi concentration camps during World War II; in POW and civilian internment camps, tended to by prisoners and their captors alike; in internment camps for Japanese Americans in the United States during World War II; in garrisons, depots and battalion headquarters; in refugee camps; even on the hollowed out concavities left behind by the Blitz. They are “short-lived, their marks on the land quickly obliterated.”

And to learn more about them, either read this report from NPR or purchase Kenneth Helphand's engrossing book Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime.

Defiant Gardens by Ken Helphand


Defiant Gardens by Ken Helphand


Defiant Gardens by Ken Helphand


Defiant Gardens by Ken Helphand


Defiant Gardens by Ken Helphand



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2 COMMENTS —
  • Anonymous
  • June 3, 2007 at 11:17:00 AM CDT
  • These people never lost contact with the nuturing earth. I like the greep tarp especially.


  • Yosi
  • July 4, 2007 at 4:37:00 AM CDT
  • magnificent post... something really special. you never fail to impress


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