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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Avant-Garde with Ironweed

Pro seedsman Allen Bush goes underground (or at least he hopes so) tossing out seed along the alleys of Louisville, Kentucky.


The Sower by Vincent Van Gogh (after Millet), 1888

Image: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

By Allen Bush

I sow garden-collected seeds along forgotten patches of back alleys within a few miles of my home, secretly. I fly below the radar in summer and fall, dressed in cargo pants, carrying a paper bag full of tomfoolery. “Where did the giant ironweed come from?”  No one has yet asked – as far as I know.

It’s still the dead of winter. I won’t know for months whether the paw paws or the Joe-Pye weeds will pop-up.  On the front street the shrubs get clipped like poodles; out back along our alley and hundreds of others in Louisville, it’s a no man’s land. I am not alone in garden mischief. 

Richard Reynolds has made mischief a career. He is the author of On Guerilla Gardening, A Handbook for Gardening Without Boundaries.

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