08 Oct Seminar Spotlight: Get Started with Guerrilla Gardening
Just what is “guerrilla gardening?” No, it’s not gardening with another species with DNA similar to humans (a species capable of spreading compost for hours and hours – if they are not rolling in it). Besides, that’s spelled “gorilla.” Guerrilla gardening is a playful term to describe the illicit greening of barren or neglected places. Think of it as a war against empty, unsightly, and often orphaned open space. To mount a front for guerrilla gardening, you can either sneak in plants and dirt, painstakingly cultivating the soil, or you can simply toss in some “seed bombs” and let nature take its course. It’s happening all over, and some beautiful gardens are taking root on land that was once a community eyesore.
If you have a bit of rebel in you (don’t we all?) and know of a plot of neglected land in your neighborhood, find out how you can lovingly, but surreptitiously, garden on that land and create something beautiful for all to enjoy. This DIY Stage workshop will explore the main approaches to guerrilla gardening, and discuss tips and techniques for growing food, guerrilla-style. Andrea will also demonstrate how to make seed bombs, one of the main tools in the guerrilla gardener’s arsenal. Audience members may even be able to take home a seed bomb or two.
Guerrilla Food Gardening & Seed Bomb Making
The Unique Art of Beautifying Neglected Land
Friday, February 25, 11:00 am on the DIY Stage
Andrea Bellamy is the author of Sugar Snaps and Strawberries: Simple Solutions for Creating Your Own Small-Space Edible Garden (Timber Press, 2010), and creator of Heavy Petal (heavypetal.ca), a blog devoted to urban organic gardening. She has a certificate in garden design from the University of British Columbia and studied permaculture methods for food production at an urban micro-farm. She has been gardening since childhood and has grown food on rooftops, balconies, boulevards, and patios, and in community garden beds, window boxes, traffic circles, and front and backyards. After a stint as assistant editor at a Vancouver-based gardening magazine, she launched Heavy Petal to answer the need for a gardening blog that spoke to a new generation of gardeners. The site has been featured in Canadian Gardening and Sunset magazines and has been noted by online tastemakers Apartment Therapy, Treehugger, Design*Sponge, and Decor8. Andrea is an active guerrilla gardener and a proud steward of a plot in her local community garden. Website/blog: www.heavypetal.ca