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May Day: Say it with sunflowers

Watch out, there's a guerrilla gardener about.

Published on April 30th 2010.

May Day: Say it with sunflowers

WANT to bring beauty, bumble bees and bundles of fun to your neighborhood? Then join the free radical seed sowing brigase known as the guerrilla gardeners.

Saturday is May Day, but it is also International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day.

For the fourth year, guerrilla gardeners all over the world will be creating sunflower gardens in some unexpected places. You can get in on the action by being a guerrilla gardener yourself, of course. Not sure how? "All you need are the seeds, something to poke a hole 2cm in the ground and a bit of imagination," they say, but some specific tips are available, too, in the video here.

Make a plan, they say, to head out to a patch of public land, or make a walk of it.

If you feel a bit silly doing this on your own, a local branch (or should that be stalk?) of flower guerrilas has been set up calling itself Merseyside May Day Sunflowers.

They will will be holding a stall to support International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day at the Merseyside May Day Festival, St Lukes, (bombed out church) on Leece St this Saturday between 1pm and 9pm.

The emphasis is on creative, local participation and a DIY, eco-friendly ethos, while also honouring the history of the day as a symbol of working class resistance to capitalism.

There will be stalls, bands, healthy food and speakers. And the gueriila gardeners will be saying it with flowers, of course.

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