We began Guerrilla Gardening after watching a newly created public space, in this case a pocket park, begin to succumb to weeds because nobody had been designated to maintain it. After a period of head-shaking and lamenting that "Somebody should...", we decided to be that somebody.
Maintaining that pocket park grew to include the 12 tree boxes on 3 sides of the block-long parcel as well as 6 more on the opposite side of the street where we lived. Other residents and friends joined in, helping to mow the grass and take over one or two tree boxes. We paid some expenses from our own pockets, received bulbs from the Capitol Hill Garden Club and were awarded a grant from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation to pay for plant material, mulch and tools.
This is the model for the movement we are now cultivating through Guerrilla Gardeners of Washington DC.
Photo credit: Rindy O'Brien
A movement depends on recruitment of others in order to grow in strength and reach.