The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
When we think of gardening as a stress-relieving activity, we usually think of enjoying it on our own property, but legal assistant Olenka Gadzik plants flowers and vegetables on other people’s property in Davenport, Iowa, a form of unsolicited “guerrilla gardening”.
It’s her lunch hour and – dressed in her legal assistant outfit that includes slacks, heeled dress shoes and earrings – Gadzik begins digging in the dirt with a trowel, preparing to plant one of several tomato seedlings and pink flowering petunias that she has brought along in a box.
While some of the property owners that receive Gadzik’s additional plantings say they are less than thrilled, they don’t plan to disturb her gardening unless it detracts from their original landscaping.
When Gadzik relocates plants from her own garden, she leaves signs encouraging people to take the vegetables when they are ripe. She also pulls unsightly weeds.
Illicit guerrilla gardening sounds like an outdoorsy and cool stress-relieving lunchtime activity for an environmentally-conscious paralegal that likes the idea of being a modern day Johnny Appleseed. I’m already plotting (no pun intended) where to leave a few radical petunias.