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Published March 13th 2014
Secretive and Tactical
Is Guerrilla gardening for you? Answer a few simple questions to find out: Do you love gardening?
Do you visit flower shows or enjoy flowers in public spaces or at botanic gardens? Are you interested in home grown vegetables and sustainable practices?
If you answered yes to at least two of the above questions, proceed to the next set of questions.
Do you like a challenge? Are you a risk taker? Will you stand up for a cause you are passionate about? Are you happy to stay up late for a novel, fun activity?
If you answered yes to many of these questions, then Guerrilla gardening could be your next secret love. Never heard of Guerrilla gardening?
Guerrilla gardening is where the gardener does not have ownership of the land they garden. Guerrilla gardening usually involves a group of people who try to make better use of unused or neglected land by planting vegetable patches or a flower bed. Creation of a community garden for local residents is considered Guerrilla gardening.
There are multiple purposes for Guerrilla gardening, for example, to develop sustainable food practices, to tend the land for aesthetic purposes or as a form of protest or direct action. Sometimes this is done at night when no one is watching (hence the name) but it could be done at anytime. Some gardening is done more visibly for publicity, or as a type of activism. There is a growing amount of guerrilla gardening activity in Melbourne and around the world.
In Australia there are small community groups around Australia called Permablitz. This group meets to design and construct free suburban vegetable gardens to educate residents about inexpensive sustainable food.
Liz Christy and a small group first coined the term in 1973 in New York. They transformed a derelict private lot into a garden. The space is still cared for by volunteers and under the protection of the city's parks department.
International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day
Since 2007, the International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day has been held on the 1st of May annually. Guerrilla gardeners plant sunflowers or other plants appropriate to the season in their neighbourhoods. In 2010, more than 5000 people participated in North America, Europe and Asia.
For tips for serious guerrilla gardeners click here.
To view the 10 Most Awesome Guerrilla Gardens from Around the World view this website.
For more information see Friends of the earth Melbourne website.
Guerrilla gardeners would do well to follow urban explorers. If there be any young or just strong in your group parkour can give access to rooftops. My personal weapon of choice is a cloth cardboard or paper bag, filled with soil planted then dropped on site no digging required.