Guerilla Gardening Beautifies Neglected Urban Areas

Posted on Apr 14, 2018

Guerrilla Gardening is not a modern phenomenon or short-term garden trend. It is more of a philosophy and silent rebellion that finds its expression in beauty and life. As early as 1969 in San Francisco and later in New York by artist Liz Christy as a social protest against structures, monopolistic Domination and neglect began, has remained an underground movement to this day. However, this is constantly gaining more and more followers and can already assert itself in public. Even big brands like Adidas & Co. are already trying to profit from this and even include guerrilla gardening campaigns in their commercials.

Guerrilla Gardening for more nature in the city

With Night-and-Mist actions, numerous”Garden Guerilleros”green and beautify roadsides, medians and other neglected green spaces in many cities around the world. In Germany, the garden pirates are on the go and are already enjoying great popularity, especially in Berlin, where you have a lot of land still free standing. A great example of guerrilla gardens are, for example, the so-called”Prinzessinnengärten”in the capital, which are located on Moritzplatz in the Kreuzberg district.

Guerrilla Gardening in the UK

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In Europe, London’s Richard Reynolds first started out as Garden Guerillero. In 2004, he secretly began to beautify neglected green spaces in his neighborhood with flowers and plants. However, its activity met with admiration among its neighbors and it slowly became a guerrilla gardening community that not only conquered the UK, but also expanded worldwide.

Richard Reynolds also leads the blog: and has published a book:”Guerrilla Gardening. A botanical manifesto”that has become a bestseller.

The secret weapon of the Garden Guerrillas are the flowers

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Guerrilla Gardening is not only environmentally friendly but also social. The green guerrillas are not only good at biodiversity, but at the same time contribute to the increase in CO2 absorption by plants. In addition, their actions create many guerrilla gardens that later become beautiful neighborhood gardens and play a significant role in the socialization of the area.

People of different background garden together

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Important tips for guerrilla gardening newbies

The most important thing that a novice guerillero needs is, of course, the right motivation. Even better, if combined with love for nature and sufficient discipline. Then the results of the actions are optimal. Furthermore, one should try to find other followers who also want to engage in guerilla gardening, because the nocturnal planting activities often need help.

Choosing the right plants for your own guerrilla gardening actions is one of the most important aspects to keep in mind. Robust flowers, herbs and shrubs, which tolerate drought well, are ideal for landscaping in the city. Boxwood, valerian, pansy and tagetes are just a few of them. Perennial flowers such as snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils, nasturtiums, hollyhocks and tulips are also among the most popular flowers as a garden pirate’s equipment. These are blooming for a few years and scatter their splendid colors over and over again to please the passers-by.

Summery floral frenzy by Guerrilla Gardening

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Among the most important ammunition of a garden guerilleros definitely include the so-called seed bombs (seed balls). The round dumplings made of earth, clay powder, compost and seeds have already become very popular in Germany and even available in some organic shops. Of course passionate garden pirates can be yours Make seed bombs yourself , The clever ammunition can not only be thrown on neglected, green areas, but can also be pressed into wall gaps or used in cut tree trunks. Since you can really let his creativity run wild.

When choosing seeds, you should focus on native plants. However, there are some useful neophytes, such as Topinampur, for example, that have adapted very well to our weather and soil conditions, and are still edible and even quite healthy.

DIY seed bombs for a successful guerrilla gardening

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Silicone molds are ideal for such seed balls

Make seed bombs yourself for guerilla gardening

Making sperm bombs together is even more fun

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Protected from birds, the plants germinate in peace

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The legal side of guerrilla gardening

As beautiful as guerrilla gardening is, it is actually considered a criminal offense, at least in this country. For unauthorized gardening on private land or public green spaces is by no means allowed in Germany. According to §303 of the Criminal Code, such acts are considered damage to property and in the case of private real estate there is even a claim for damages according to §862 BGB. Nevertheless, many”garden pirates”risk conflicting with the law but providing more freshness and flowering in their own city. As a result, this kind of gardening has become a minor offense and is driven by more and more followers.

With shovel and watering can on guerilla gardening path

After all, we can safely state that guerrilla gardening is one of the most meaningful and useful activities that anyone in their urban environment can do as they wish. It is important to adhere to some rules and only grow the plants useful. Because the real purpose of the thing is not to bother someone, but to give your own contribution to a nicer and healthier living landscape. So,”illegal”city greeners of all countries, unite and bring nature back to the city!

Guerilla Gardening for more freshness and color everywhere

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And if it’s officially allowed, that’s what Urban Gardening is called

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Either way, the results can be fabulously beautiful

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The urban gardener Steve Wheen has implemented such projects for street holes

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Seed bombs can work wonders

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Succulents and cacti are perfect for many projects

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Some crops and perennials, of course, too

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Little effort, big impact!

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