Guerrilla Gardening is gardening against all odds. It is illegal (in most cases the police turns a blind eye to it though) and often it is not easy. But the mission is lovely and worth some hassle: To make our cities greener and better places to be.
The motives of people that go out at night to change weary wastelands, traffic islands and parking lanes into lovely gardens can vary from environmental concern to artistic merits and political protest. Their „weapons“ are always the same: Spade and shovel, offshoots, seeds and sometimes also flower powered seed bombs.
„Guerrilla Gardening“ started in New York in the Seventies when Liz Christy and some friends threw seed bombs onto empty lots. Around 30 years later Richard Reynolds revived the concept in London, when he found his district too grey and too ugly. And Reynolds wanted far more than improving his own neighbourhood. The advertising expert went online with guerrillagardening.org
On his website he spreads the message „Lets fight the filth with forks and flowers“ and gives some advice – or as he puts it: „some lessons from war“ – for new flower power pirates. Reynolds succeeded. By now the online community has more than 40,000 members from around 40 countries.
Guerrilla Gardening can be a sweet and powerful protest and a quick and practical way to improve a city. But it has to be done right. That means mainly to plant only native flowers, bushes and trees and taking care for them in an environmental friendly way. Read More: How to make a seed bomb