"In 1975, on the crime-ridden Lower East Side of New York City, Adam Purple started a garden behind his tenement home. By 1986, The Garden of Eden was world famous and had grown to 15,000 square feet. For Adam--a social activist, philosopher, artist, and revolutionary--The Garden was the medium of his political and artistic expression. It was razed by the city in 1986 after a protracted court battle."
It is amazing what one man was able to build out of rubble by just using the things around him.
You can read more about Adam Purple and his garden here.