Victory Gardens as Folk Art?

Maybe it’s that post on victory garden art or my recent purchase of an papier mache esqueleto from Mexico–or maybe it’s just the heat, but I keep trying to make something of the idea of home veggie gardens as being a type of American folk art.

Ponder this definition, if you will:

Art produced in a traditional fashion by peasants, seamen, country artisans, or tradespeople with no formal training, or by members of a social or ethnic group that has preserved its traditional culture. It is predominantly functional, typically produced by hand for use by the maker or by a small group or community. Paintings are usually incorporated as decorative features on clock faces, chests, chairs, and interior and exterior walls. Sculptural objects in wood, stone, and metal include toys, spoons, candlesticks, and religious items. Folk architecture may include public and residential buildings, such as eastern European wooden churches and U.S. frontier log cabins. Other examples of visual folk arts are woodcuts, scrimshaw, pottery, textiles, and traditional clothing. [Source]

I’m thinking of victory garden as a sort of “folk art” installation, actually.


  1. I love this idea. I think you should explore it more. I might write something up about this idea and link to this post. Great stuff!

    • The more I think about it, Lucas, the more convinced that’s what it is.

      There’s this meme running about how victory gardening is a panacea for so many ills. I think sometimes that we lose sight of the beauty/creativity/authenticity of each bed (or set of beds). The wonderful thing about placing it in “folk art” is that we can still tie the benefits of it while also appreciating the human touch, you know?

      Plus, folk art is valuable because it’s raw and imperfect. And that certainly describes my own garden.

      Please let me know if you do post on the topic. I’d love to see what you come up with. =)

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