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Guerilla gardening is largely thought to have its roots in England, where folks have long planted unexpected gardens in neglected public spaces as a sort of call to action that highlights the misuse of land and repurposes it into something beautiful. They often work in crews or teams and go on carefully-planned gardening missions. Recently a local team of guerilla gardeners transformed a section of land next to an off-ramp of the 101 Hollywood Freeway.

According to, many people start the gardens in public spaces and, though they flourish, there's often a disconnect between the vision of the gardener using nature as a sort of non-violent protest and the city in which the garden is planted. Because cities aren't ready to change their ways--and here in LA, they don't seem ready to shift their focus on planting drought-tolerant and low- to no-water plants that are more compatible with our environment and our water crisis--the gardeners often wish to remain "covert and anonymous" and keep a low profile, hence their use of pseudonyms, and their wish to not take personal credit for their public work. (Scott, who maintains a median in Long Beach, was recently profiled in the LA Times.)