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Monday, July 20, 2009

The Great Evanston Flower Massacre!

My two favorite Guerilla Gardeners are getting a lot of press lately. The Lovely Carla and the equally Lovely Charlotte lead the Guerilla Gardening Group "Trowels on the Prowl."

They seed-bombed a local lot in our neighborhood. All kinds of beautiful wildflowers were beginning to bloom, and then someone mowed the lot.

I'm calling it the Great Evanston Flower Massacre. I'm thinking we need Arlo Gutherie to write a song about it sort of like:

"You can do anything you want, at Alice's Restaurant."

So then we put up signs that asked, "Who killed the Flowers?" "Please Don't Mow!" "Let the Meadow Grow!"

And then the press got involved. You can't stop the flowers. You can't stop the flower bearers! I'm expecting another seed-bombing some time soon!


  1. It is obvious that "Trowels on the prowl" were trying to do something to beautify the empty lot, but I can't help but wonder what invasive plant seeds were in the "wildflower" mix they used. Just because something is a "wildflower" doesn't mean that it is a good idea to plant it in Illinois.

    When I started my garden I made the mistake of planting some of those "wildflowers" and it took me about three years to get rid of them.

  2. Well, I'm not the seed expert, but Trowels on the Prowel did their homework, and relied on some help from folks over at the Botanical Garden. So I'm pretty sure those wildflower seeds were indigenous to Illinois.


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