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Finding Your Creativity

Ron Finley

Lesson time 02:41 min

Ron concludes by sharing his belief that everyone has a creative force within—and that gardens are the perfect place to unleash that creativity.

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[MUSIC PLAYING] - So what I want to tell you guys, I'm basically self-taught. I went to a workshop here, and you get a little piece of this. And you go to another workshop, and they give you a little piece of this, you know, for the two hours that you spend there. But all it made me do is realize I already know what to do. You know, it's real simple. You got some sun, you got some soil, you got water, and you got a seed. Now, where do you want your beauty to grow from? My whole thing is we all are creatives. We all have this creative force in us. Some people call themselves artists. Some people don't, but we all are creative. And we're here to inspire each other. And I tell people it's already in you. Even when I instruct people on designing gardens, and they're like, well, where should I put this? I'm like, I don't know. This ain't my damn garden. It's yours. Where you want it to be? It's purple and it's going to get six feet tall. So when you come out of your house, what do you want to see? You know, where do you want to see it? And I want you to take the responsibility of what your place looks like. I want you to be the artist of your place. And so they think like, look, well, you're the expert. And I'm like, yeah, for my garden, not for yours. And so it gives them power that they don't really want or know they have. And I'll ask people to walk a path. I say, OK, this is your garden. This is your space. Now, where you want this? Where you want-- now, walk a path. And they'll walk straight, and then they'll do a sharp turn. And I'm like, did that feel good? How did that sharp turn you just make, how did that feel? And all you do is take that and put it in the garden. What do you want to see? What do you want to feel in your garden? Do you want it energized? Do you want it calm? What would mother nature do? That's what I want you to do. It's already in you. What I want to do is bring it out of you and let you understand that you have the power already. You have the creativity and you definitely have the imagination 'cause you are here right now. [MUSIC PLAYING] WOMAN: MAN: Woo-ho. We got it. All right.

About the Instructor

When Ron Finley first grew a garden on a curbside dirt strip, he got cited—and then a warrant was issued for his arrest. He fought back, got the laws changed, and started a movement. Now the community activist and self-proclaimed “Gangster Gardener” is teaching you how to grow your own food, keep your plants alive, and find beauty and freedom in gardening no matter the size of your space. Start planting a revolution.

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