Monday, November 30, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
The Garden Posse is not the only game in town when it comes to taking guerrilla-style action in public spaces. The Waller Creek is for Lovers Action and Adventure Society is taking on a very specific piece of public land. Unsurprisingly, that piece of land is Waller Creek, running through downtown. The area - that in parts, is the definition of neglected public space - is slated for large-scale redevelopment, aimed to transform the unassuming creek into a San Antonio style riverwalk.
Alex, the founder of Public Workshop, said the idea came to him in a brainstorming session. A 6ft long topographical model of Waller Creek made out of cake must have hit his mind like a lightning bolt of sugar. A member of the group spent Saturday baking cake after cake, and on Sunday the cake map was assembled in front of the HOPE Farmer's Market entrance on 5th & Waller. There was frosting, chocolate rocks, sprinkles, and many more sugary topographical features. There were also stickers that asked participants to write what Waller Creek was for. I wrote, turtles.
It took about two hours to construct the cake from start to finish, during which time I met many cool people and stole some frosting on my fingers. At the end, there was cake eating. Lots and lots of it. The Waller Creek is for... estimates that at least 100 people took part in the cake eating. You can read their version of the event on their blog.
After witnessing the Waller Creek cake, my mind has snapped open to the ingenious idea of combining baking with community action. It is no secret that the Garden Posse loves to bake, and so I've spent the past few days thinking: How can we bake a guerrilla garden? Or can we guerrilla bake? What would guerrilla baking mean? If we made a garden out of vegetable shaped cookies on a base of brownies, how long would it last? I must know.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
No, we cannot believe it either.
We'd really like for you to be a part of it. Have you not always dreamed of being on a well respected gardening show? Now is the time for you to achieve that dream! Come to Cherrywood & 34th Street (the address of the lot would be 1710 E. 34th St) around 5:45 pm on Thursday, November 5. They'll be doing some interviews, and then filming our dig before the sun goes down. Then, drinks?!
We'd particularly like you to come out if you have done digs with us before. This is a really great opportunity to show the public television watching public what guerrilla gardening is about, and encourage other Texans to guerrilla garden their own city.
As always, bring whatever tools, plants, and seeds you have!
Here's a map:
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Monday, November 2, 2009
Then the real work started. We had to dig up and pick out the Bermuda grass - which we dubbed Satan grass in honor of the day.
A few basil plants and a pepper plant were all that remained from the summer. We don't have any before pictures, but let's just say that the other plants were skeletal.
We re-bordered the beds with rocks we picked up from the cemetery in the spring. Appropriate?
The summer garden was most notable for its productive watermelon patch. We found one last watermelon amongst the weeds, orphaned as we pulled up the vines. Pastor Ealey stopped by to chat a bit, and told us that the church had gotten a lot of peppers and tomatoes out of the garden, and the sunflowers had grown over 6 feet tall. The congregation had been really excited to see that we were working on the garden again, after we had started working on it on Tuesday.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Last spring, we built a garden for the congregation of the Webberville Road Baptist Church - a tiny little church on the East Side with very nice people and a lot of open land. The garden was a great success - Pastor Ealey fell in love with the seven watermelons growing in the melon patch, and he wrote to us, "What you have done helps a lot. I heard a couple of people say. I have tried many gardens,and they did not turn out like this, "I think I will try another one at home."
We returned this week to replant the garden for the new season and found it in disarray - weedy, overgrown, and in need of immediate TLC. We want to get this garden back to its former glory as soon as possible. If we can get a large, motivated group of people together for two hours on Saturday, we know that we can not only restore, but expand and improve this garden into a gem!
Meet us at 1405 Webberville Road, next to TC's Lounge, at 11 am on Saturday. Yes, that's Halloween. It's your chance to do something good before nighttime debauchery.
RSVP to the event on Facebook.
We have all the plants. We just need you! And your tools - hoes, pick-axes, shovels, trowels, etc. Trust us, gardens go in really quick if a lot of people are working on them at once. No experience is necessary.
Oh, did we mention that this is a brunch, too? Bring a dish or baked goods! There is a lot of grass to picnic on.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Meet us there at 7:30 pm with tools, seeds, and flashlights. It will be fun!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Thanks David, for the artwork and photo, and to Carly, for the logo and stencil!
*"Life is demanding, without understanding." - Ace of Base
Thursday, October 8, 2009
SEED BOMBS: Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 am @ Cherrywood Green (Cherrywood & E. 34th)
Seed bomb workshop at the Cherrywood Plant and Book Swap! Free plants, free books, and making seed bombs - why would you not come to this (besides for a hangover)? You don't need to bring anything to participate. The Garden Posse will have a small table to make seed bombs, which are a rolled mix of native seeds, compost, and clay dirt. They are really fun to make, and you can take them home to throw in your yard, or your derelict neighbor's yard, we won't tell.
POTLUCK: Sunday, Oct. 11, 2 pm @ 702 West Crestland Drive, Austin, TX 78752
A fan and neighbor of the guerrilla garden on the Crestland Triangle has invited the Garden Posse to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving! We were previously unaware that Canadians had a Thanksgiving, and are still not sure whether or not this is just a big joke. But hey, it's potluck time. We figure it's a good time to meet the community around one of our gardens. And eat tofurkey. Here's the facebook invite.
Don't forget to keep up with the Garden Posse on our FB fan page, and our Twitter feed. Mmm. Delicious Tweets.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Yet there we were, with a car chock full of tools, dirt, and plants, including some flowers that had been saved from the garbage at Shoal Creek. It was time for Plan B: Replant the Chestnut & 16th Street garden.
The Chestnut garden has always been popular with the neighborhood, so we were all excited to revive it. The summer had not been kind to the garden. Everything we had planted last winter was dead, but we were happy to see a yellow-flowered vine had climbed and bloomed on the large dead tree next to the garden. We expanded the garden in order to fit all the vegetable plants, and created a flower border around the dead tree.
As we worked, Tara from KVRX's Upstream program (last week, featuring the Garden Posse, but unfortunately the audio was lost), happened to be riding by and recognized our activities. She stopped to plant a couple of lettuces into the already crowded bed. The Posse was also helped by two shirtless guys who were out walking their pit bull and drinking an unknown beverage out of a brown bag. They were very excited to see us working on the garden, and although we were almost done, they insisted on helping spread some mulch around the plants. They were an uncle and nephew who worked at a construction company and lived with family in the neighborhood for a long time. They said they wanted to build a border around the bed with extra rocks from work, and tell their family and neighbors about the garden. We said, that would be awesome.
So although things didn't go exactly as planned - this is the first time that we've had to abandon a site we hoped to dig - the night was productive and had a happy ending. Let's hope the garden is just as productive!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
On Sunday, September 27, Stem & Leaf Showcases is happy to be hosting The Garden Posse of Austin Benefit Show at The United States Art Authority from 1:00 - 8:00PM.
The Garden Posse of Austin is a guerrilla gardening group in Austin, TX whose mission is to transform neglected urban space into lush and productive gardens with the help of their young, like-minded volunteers who share a love of gardening, fun, local food networks, and sustainable land use.
Garden Posse founder Lindsay Patterson worked on community gardens in Austin’s East Side. While researching how to establish and run a community garden, she started running into information about guerrilla gardening. The idea of starting a series of small gardens all over the city appealed to her, both as a way to bring people together within their community, and to make urban spaces more beautiful. Their first dig was at the end of August, 2008 and since then the Posse has gone on to establish gardens all over Austin, host seed bomb and gardening workshops, and organize Austin’s International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day, amongst other community outreach.
The group hopes that through guerrilla gardening they will encourage others to be inspired to help a garden in their area grow as it transforms formerly neglected urban space into a place rich with healthy food and community togetherness. They are happy to have had their group grow with new members over the past year and welcome all who wish to become involved and share their gardening tips over social gatherings and potlucks.
Showing our appreciation for what they do, Stem & Leaf Showcases and all the musicians involved, hope to raise funds and spread the good that the Posse has done for our community.
Included with the $5.00 suggested donation, attendees will receive a raffle ticket. The winner of the raffle will receive their very own garden; project management, planning, labor and supplies provided by The Garden Posse of Austin.
Also involved will be Skillshare Austin, raffling off their handmade Chicken Tractor and Quilombo, a community garden on the East Side, will be selling vegetable transplants for cheap!
Please see the stage schedule below to see the full line up of bands playing on both stages. We hope you will make it out for this tremendous community event and help show your support for a group of people that have Austins best interest in mind.
UNITED STATES ART AUTHORITY
brought to you by
Stem & Leaf Showcases
STAGE 1 (Inside) :
The Lovely Sparrows, 7:15 - 8:00
One Hundred Flowers, 5:45 - 6:30
Cartographers, 4:30 - 5:15
The Great Nostalgic, 3:15 - 4:00
Marcus Rubio & The Gospel Choir of Pillows, 2:00 - 2:45
STAGE 2 (Outside):
Danny Malone, 6:45 - 7:15
RAFFLE WINNER DRAWING, 6:30 - 6:45
Dana Falconberry, 5:15 - 5:45
Lady Maybe & The Sometimes Friends, 4:00 - 4:30
Stephen's Island Wren, 2:45 - 3:15
Boone Graham, 1:30 - 2:00
1:00 - 8:00 PM
$5.00 Suggested Donation
Donation includes Raffle Tickets
Raffle to be held at 6:00 PM!!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
10 bands! 7 hours! Win a garden in your yard from the Garden Posse!
United States Art Authority (attached to Spiderhouse)
2908 Fruth St. Austin, TX
(Guadelupe & 29th)
Check out the lineup:
1:30 - 2:00 Boone Graham
2:45 - 3:15 Stephen's Island Wren
4:00 - 4:30 Lady Maybe & The Sometimes Friends
5:15 - 5:45 Dana Falconberry
6:30 - 6:45 Raffle Winner Drawing
6:45 - 7:15 Danny Malone
2:00 - 2:45 Marcus Rubio & Gospel Choir of Pillows
3:15 - 4:00 The Great Nostalgic
4:30 - 5:15 Cartographers
5:45 - 6:30 One Hundred Flowers
7:15 - 8:00 The Lovely Sparrows
Friday, August 21, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
We received this email from Pastor Ealey, for whom the watermelons have become his pride and joy.
This is what we had hoped for when we planted the garden, and we are overjoyed to know that it is inspiring people to start their own gardens.
Photos will be on their way...... and don't forget, planning meeting tomorrow! Clementine's on Manor Rd, 7:30 pm.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Webberville Road Baptist Church is located at 1405 Webberville Road, next to T.C.'s Lounge. The church is set back from the road.
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Monday, July 13, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Sunday, July 12 is our long awaited potluck with the Webberville Road Baptist Church. To them, we are "Paradise Garden Angels," as they have named their plot "Paradise Garden." It's already produced tomatoes, peppers, basil, and a watermelon growing on the vine. It looks great, and we're excited to meet the congregation.
The weekend of August 1 - 2 the Garden Posse is going tubing! Yes, summer field trip! Robb is planning where we are going and when, and the logistics of floating a keg down the river. (JK - responsible river use is what's cool.) Feel free to provide suggestions.
The first anniversary of our first dig is August 26, and we hope to have a party celebrating 1 year of the Posse around that date.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
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We'll be getting artistic, and also getting some planning done. It's about time to get focused on activities for the fall (it's never too early to look forward to it not being hot - am I right or am I right?). And we still have cool summer activities coming up - a tubing trip, church potluck, and our first anniversary party, which we think is a good way to break into that not-so-hot weather.
Friday, June 19, 2009
For now you will be pointed to the adventures and ideas of other guerrilla gardeners across the globe.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Carly has volunteered her house for the sign painting party tomorrow at 7:30 pm. Remember, these events are always improved with food and drink, so feel free to bring some over. We'll also be talking about planning some fun summer events - possibly a Garden Posse First Anniversary Party?
Also, the 34th Street Garden is in need. Can you help? The Posse's first garden's caretaker (me, Lindsay) has moved away and is no longer able to provide the garden with the water and care it needs to survive. The area around the garden was recently clear cut - fortunately, the clear-cutters preserved the garden - but all the shade is gone. It may be too late for the veggies in the heat, but we can keep the perennial flowers happy. They've been doing so well over the past year, please help them survive the summer! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll let you in on the location of free water & water jug.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Did I mention he mulched them a few days before that? He is truly capable at this guerrilla gardening thing. Also, he know how to help you move apartments.
How is the garden itself? It's looking very good.
Thanks to Robb and everyone else who worked on this garden!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
This isn't a Garden Posse event, but it's an interesting event which has come to our attention and involves learning how to make seed bombs. We fully endorse such activities.
The Windsor Park Library is in the 51st & Cameron area. The event is on June 13 and runs from 10 am - 2 pm.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
A street artist outfitted this graffiti-covered flyer box with a custom-built planter. It's pretty much the definition of guerrilla gardening. I'd love to see more container-type guerrilla gardening ideas hitting Austin's pavement.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
This project will probably not take very long, so there's a possibility we could get some refreshments at Clementine's afterwards (read: cheap drinks). We'd like to talk about planning for summer events, and our workshop for Skillshare Weekend. Which is, of course, this coming weekend. Our workshop, How to Build a Guerrilla Garden, will run from 4:15 - 5:45 on SATURDAY, MAY 30. Mark your calendars (more precisely this time). But you'll want to stick around for the whole weekend, because you'll learn how to make puppets, zines, a tv remote from a coat hanger, woodblock printing, taking control of your pregnancy, and so much more! Plus, you'll probably meet a whole bunch of cool people. Oh, yeah, and and an afterparty with The One Hundred Flowers, one of the best bands in Austin. It sounds fun, right? Yep.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Robb, Carly and Gregg spent Monday night doing some preliminary digging so we would be able to get the garden put in on Tuesday. They dug three beds around this patch of concrete, close to T.C.'s Lounge. T.C.'s is one of those classic ramshackle night spots, with music, pool, free blues and comfort food on Mondays, and a few people whose souls could use saving. They could be saved in the middle of a garden, maybe?
Carly, Robb, and Juan dig out one of the beds. The soil was very sandy, so we put a few bags of compost in.
This garden was planted with flowers, and two transplants.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Word is that Carly and Robb have already been out to break ground on this project. So we'll be doing some digging and planting tonight. Meet at the church at 7:30 pm tonight with tools and flashlights! Here's a link to a google map of the location at 1405 Webberville Road.
You''ll see the church is a little set back from the road. Hope to see you there tonight!
And mark your calendars: May 30 - 31 is Skillshare Weekend at Space 12! The Garden Posse will be teaching a 1 1/2 hr workshop on how to build a guerrilla garden. The weekend will be filled with tons of interesting and useful skills to learn from Skillshare Austin & friends. And it's FREE. RSVP to the event on Facebook, or just remember to show up.
Monday, May 11, 2009
As usual, there is a good chance that everyone will head over to Clementine Coffee Bar on Manor afterwards. It's hard to beat $1 Lone Star drafts after a night of gardening.
See everyone there!
Friday, May 8, 2009
Rachel, a brand new guerrilla gardener, and I biked to the East Side, where we knew there would be plentiful neglected field space.
There were only 2 of us, but we could have easily had 50 people planting the whole field. We had to settle on covering a corner.