Since 2007, which is 1 May with the International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day policy dominated by the secret sowing of plants as subtle device protest in public space. Reason enough to give this day of action its own entry in the calendar of curious holidays from around the world and to shed some light on its history below. What is it about?
Who started the International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day?
In contrast to many of the other contributions from the calendar of botanical holidays collected here , the origins and backgrounds of the International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day are relatively well documented.
This day of sunflower guerrilla gardening goes back to an initiative of Belgian gardening activists from Brussels and the year 2007. In the course of time, guerrilla gardeners in other countries took up the idea for this day of action and so this day of action is now enjoying international popularity in the guerrilla gardening movement. As an example, reference should also be made to the London-based British online portal GuerrillaGardening.org, the makers of which have supported the idea of today’s day of action on a large scale since its inception (see also the list of further links below).
Goals and Intention: How do you celebrate International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day?
The name is to be understood here quite programmatically. Because on the occasion of the International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day, the initiators call for free sunflower seeds to be distributed and to be planted in the neighborhood. Depending on the location or climatic conditions, more suitable flowers can of course be used for this day of action. Here the initiators leave the participants free choice.
For example, the HQ of the above-mentioned online portal GuerrillaGardening.org offers the opportunity to pre-order appropriate flower seeds on the occasion of the International Day of Sunflower Guerrilla Gardeners or calls for the organization of local events and campaigns (see also the other contributions from Calendar of environmental action days ).
Why does Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day fall on May 1st?
On the other hand, in the course of the research for the present article, I was unable to find out why the initiators chose today’s May 1st. Apart from the calendar location in spring, I’m pretty sure that Labor Day, which is also celebrated in many countries today, played a role. After all, many people do not have to work on this date and should have time to celebrate this day of action appropriately.
And who can not do anything of you with Guerilla Gardening, for / provided by the May 1 the US Mother Goose Day or National Mother Goose Day or the day of the Batman debuts, the Finnish spring festival Vappu or the day of the lei in Hawaii a whole range of calendar alternatives.
With this in mind: Have a great day of sunflower guerrilla gardening to all of you.