Hi...we had a guerilla gardening meeting last week - we walked around and identified some areas in Lethbridge that need guerilla gardening action - I will message the facebook group when our next plant troupe meeting is - if you would like to be added to the mailing list you can email me at email@example.com. We should be ready to go in the next week - I am just collecting some plants (speaking of that if you have any spare plants that you would like to donate to the efforts please let contact me...or you can drop them off at the boulevarden (1309 7 Ave South) under the cover of dark (added for dramatic value...anytime is great!)
Also some people asked what 'guerilla gardening was' and found out that they already were 'guerilla gardeners'!...for example Sherry and her friend without permission or recognition have cleaned up two perennial beds in a park across from their homes...guerilla gardening is basically a war against the abandonment, neglect and cementment (is that even a word? okay probably not as I have a red squiggly line under it on my screen...but you know what I mean, right?) of public spaces - and in my mind it is also a public reminder of the need to urban farm...and to share our bounties with each other...guerilla gardening is a community building experience.
Meanwhile...Kari McQueen a photographer/video artist from Calgary has begun her own project. t is a wonderful idea (and one we should practice here)...here a few of her pictures:
Kari explains, "My summer project is to rescue perennials from the yards of houses and apartment buildings slated for demolition for the ever increasing blight of condos. Slowly a garden is being constructed out of the construction orphans!"
All of the photographs above (except the bra planter) are Kari's documentation...way to go Kari!! Keep us updated.
If you have documentation, stories, and/or pictures of your illicit planting, uninvited weeding, or Robin Hood plant 'thievery' please let me know so that we can share them with others for inspiration.
Here are some examples of how a few other guerilla gardens have begun...
Public Space are the leading guerrilla gardening group in Canada. Based in Toronto guerrilla gardening is "graffiti with nature". As well as gardening they optimistically plant signs encouraging passers by to keep the ground watered.
In 1977, when a group of 48th Street New Yorkers noticed tomato plants growing out of the debris from the empty lot that had laid vacant and abandoned for over 28 years, the idea of a real garden began to germinate. With additional encouragement from city sanitation workers, in 1978 the Clinton Community Garden was born.
In Brussels guerrilla gardeners have been sowing sunflowers around their city and in 2006 launched May 1 as International Sunflower Guerrilla Day.
...and a cool UK site 'about seeds - collecting seeds, storing seeds, sowing seeds, germinating seeds and exchanging seeds, with pictures of seeds, seedpods and seedlings' http://theseedsite.co.uk/