Guerrilla Gardening: Gardening Without Borders

The Ugly Beauty

The Ugly Beauty (Photo credit: Juju Boubou)

The goal of guerrilla gardening is to beautify areas of blight, or as the Guerrilla Gardening homepage states, “Let’s fight the filth with forks and flowers.” Now what’s not to like about such a beautiful concept?

Before you whip out your garden fork, you should be reminded that this activity is considered vandalism by certain unenlightened segments of society (the police). There is potential for jail time, but if the hippie gene is in your gene pool and you need a cause, this may be the one for you.

Guerrilla gardeners believe they’re taking actionable steps to reclaim the environment from neglect and abuse. With stealth and seed bombs, they encourage nature’s beauty in areas that otherwise don’t receive much attention.

Ron Finley: A Guerilla Gardener In South Central LA

 Wildflower Seedballs

It’s a worldwide movement with guerrilla gardens popping up anywhere from Los Angeles to Stockholm and all points in between. For a movement that’s supposed to be stealthy, its participants aren’t shy at all about documenting themselves. You can find evidence of their subversive activities all over Youtube and other social media sites.

Like any movement worth its salt, there is a manifesto. It’s called Guerrilla Gardening: A Manualfesto. It covers the philosophy of the cause and gives feedback from government officials, leaders, and soldiers in the field. It’s a good place to start.

Do you want to be a green guerrilla? It’s easy enough to join the resistance. You can be a lone wolf and simply aim seed bombs at blighted areas while out walking or riding your bike. If you’re more of the social type, join a cell in your area. Your comrades will be glad for your help.

Now that spring has sprung, how will you celebrate? You should know that May 1st is International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening day. You can do the traditional thing and take a turn or two around the May pole or you can plant something. I’m just saying . . .


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