25 Photos of Urban Green Spaces

Greening the urban jungle.

Hidden in the gravel and concrete that dominate today’s cities, it is possible to find tiny plots of green. Whether it’s an eco-activist art installation, a city-funded park, a guerrilla gardening experiment, or just a weed that has broken through a crack in the sidewalk, these urban green spaces provide pops of nature where you least expect it. This photo collection highlights some of our favorite examples from around the world.

The High Line, New York, New York, USA

The Pothole Gardener, London, England

Guerrilla Gardening, Tokyo, Japan

Bus Roots by Marco Antonio Castro Cosio, New York, New York

Le Mur Vegetal, Melbourne, Australia

Brussels Farmer, Brussels, Belgium

The Green Carpet, Jaujac, France

Glenwood Green Acres, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Pothole Gardener, India

Urban Cactus, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Guerrilla Gardening at Occupy Oakland, California

NoPark by Natalie Jerimenjenko, New York, New York

Moving Forest by NL Architects, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hoop Goodenia in a Boot Project, Melbourne, Australia

Lugo History Museum, Lugo, Spain

Social Guerrilla Gardening, Southern California

Plant Pockets, San Francisco, California

Skip Conversions by Oliver Bishop-Young, London, England

Roof of Canada Malting Co., Alberta, Canada

Guerrilla Gardening, Rome, Italy

Little Community Garden on Falmer Road, London, England

Park(ing) Day, San Francisco, California

Kensington Market, Toronto, Canada

GuerArsenal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Posterchild, Toronto, Canada


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Jessica Marati

Jessica Marati currently resides in New York City and covers travel and sustainability for EcoSalon. Catch her weekly column, Behind the Label.