What does gardening warfare look like? Imagine underground troops organizing, basement seed bomb labs, and late night illegal undercover operations. Guerilla gardening is sprouting up around the World in the most unlikely places. They take going green to the literal level in urban areas. Abandoned city lots, potholes, and bus stops have transformed into greentopias literally overnight. The movement originally began in 2004, when one unruly and inspired UK citizen named Richard started planting across London. Since then the movement has spread worldwide with ‘troops’ in New Zealand, Canada, Switzerland, Sweden, and other countries.
Their mission is to essentially wage “war again neglect and scarcity of public space as a place to grow things, be they beautiful, tasty (or both!).” Despite the fierce language, there is nothing violent about this movement. The network of Guerilla Gardeners all have one thing in common, they like to beautify public spaces. Before potholes are filled, Guerilla Gardeners filled them with planted flowers, helping driver’s see them and making the otherwise drab pavement a bit more beautiful.