Guerrilla gardening has always got TreeHugger somewhat excited — from our introduction to the concept back in 2005 to our coverage of a guerrilla gardening handbook, and even a 'manualfesto', we've been quite taken by the idea of gardening as a means to rediscover our sense of place in the modern world. Now we hear via The Guardian that guerrilla gardening forms a key focus for a new art show in Manchester, UK, which is exploring the importance of gardening of all varieties in the urban environment:
"A bus shelter has been brought in to Urbis and its roof has been planted with grass to show what can be achieved in an urban environment. A planter has been used as a bike stand. Behind curtains is a wormery, showing the importance of worms to maintaining ecosystems: the worms are particularly admired by small children.
Part of the exhibition is devoted to bees; charting their importance and the sheer variety in sub-species with exotic names such as the wonderfully named hairy-footed flowerbee and the cuckoo leafcutter bee. One of the controversial aspects of the exhibition is guerrilla gardening using seed bombs. Tours of Manchester will be arranged where people will be dropping seed bombs around the city. "Is this illegal?" I ask. "Probably," replies Brydon. The idea of guerrilla gardening was developed in the Lower East Side of New York in 1972 and has grown in popularity and become a direct action, quasi-political movement."
Now that's our kind of art!