Saturday, April 24, 2010

Take back the streets: An introduction to guerrilla gardening

Going Green Mama confesses she can barely keep up with her yard, let alone tackling the mean streets....

"Fighting the filth with forks and flowers" - this undercover mission is more than a community clean-up day. Instead, it's becoming a cause that's garnered more than 4,100 followers on Facebook.

This new gardening craze - Guerrilla Gardening - is encouraging people to take back the streets by "illicitly" planting, well, anything in public spaces. Whether it's part of a planned group effort or "seed bombs" made of little balls of soil and seeds, guerrillas are trying to retool our city landscapes, from taking over blighted areas to filling in potholes with plants..

"It doesn't really make sense, it's kind of an oxymoron: rebellious gardening. Who'd a thought?" Theresa Blaner, who founded D.C. Guerilla Gardeners, told a local TV affilliate.

While it sounds like a new phenomenon, the BBC reports guerilla gardening has been happening for centuries:

The history of illicit gardening in Britain goes back centuries, starting
with "the Diggers" - a group of socialites in the 17th Century who fought for
the right to cultivate land.

Some say that the origins of guerrilla gardening in the modern age can be
traced back to the hippie movement in the 1960s.

More recently, a statue of Winston Churchill was given an impromptu grass mohawk during the May Day riots in London in 2000.


Want to be a rebel and join the cause? May 1 is International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day 2010. Or visit Pimp Your Pavement for other ideas.

2 comments:

Daisy said...

I read about Guerrilla Gardening on Mother Nature News. What a cool idea! I loved the vision of someone wrapping seeds in a damp tissue and tossing them out the car window while the cops weren't looking.

Carmen said...

Just make sure you are planting native plants and not invasive species!

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