Guerrilla Gardening

Guerrilla Gardening

Making unloved public spaces green again. Spreading joy with flowers. But is it allowed?

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Everyone has heard of Guerrilla Gardening now. Although the act has actually been around for a long time, now it has a name and is publicised more we can begin to understand what it means.

The name came from the Green Guerrilla group in 1973 who greened up a space in New York.

Essentially, Guerrilla Gardening is planting/gardening on land that isn't owned by the Guerrilla Gardener. This can include abandoned areas, curb sides, even the cracks in a pavement. If you don’t own it, you legally can’t cultivate it. But … Guerrilla Gardening has been taken up by many people who want to see greenery in areas it is needed or to beautify a space. Here’s some Guerrilla Gardening information…


International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day

There is now actually a day dedicated to sowing sunflower seeds across the world in derelict areas, road sides or anywhere that needs brightening up. All started in Brussels the day celebrated on 1st May each year is now pretty popular. We've missed it for this year unfortunately, but that doesn't mean we can't get out there now all the same.


Wendy’s Secret Garden in Sydney

Wendy’s garden is now the worst kept secret in Sydney! It’s a stunning place to wander, planted by grief and later volunteers who joined in the effort of gardening on unused land at the front of Wendy’s house after her husband died. This is of course, Guerrilla Gardening but it is now a well known garden to visit and an entirely legal space!


Rebel Botanists Educating by Means of Chalk


chalk flower

You may have seen it in the news recently but some gardeners in many places around the world have started to chalk up the names of ‘wildflowers’ on the pavements. Simply an arrow to the plant and the plant name. Not only does this make people see the plants but also makes an impact and a statement to stop using pesticides and mowing or removing the many wildflowers that are essential for wildlife and humans.


Is Seed Bombing Allowed?


seed bomb

There are so many varying factors. What is the land? Are the seeds native? Essentially if it isn't your land then it isn’t allowed, but there have been many times wildflowers for example have been sown and the landowner has chosen to leave them growing. Colourful flowers look better than deserted land after all.



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