I wrote about “Guerrilla Gardening” & “seed bombs” nearly two years ago on sister site Green Living Ideas. I loved this concept from the second I heard about it. Basically, it combines child-like fun and imagination with activism with gardening. What’s not to love?!
Well, now, if you’re into this idea, you’re going to love what a Canadian designed has done to support it.
“Canadian designer Vanessa Harden was inspired by this rising sub-cuture to create ‘The Subversive Gardener’ project,” KPCC writes. “Combining utilitarianism with flair of James Bond-styled ingenuity, Harden dreamed up an impressive collection of high-tech accessories for the aspiring (and stylish) stealth planter.”
More from KPCC:
What looks like a stylish leather Hermes bag is actually a planter with a flower drop flap built into the bottom. It pairs perfectly with the men’s attaché case, which is really an earth-tiller, complete with an auger hidden inside. There’s also a fake camera that shoots seeds over a distance and men’s shoes that deposit seeds while you walk.
All of this espionage inspired Harden to also create “seed pills”, smaller, cleaner versions of much larger seed bombs made from clay and compost. Just whatever you do, don’t mix them up with your vitamins.
Not as conspicuous as COMMONStudio’s “GREENAID” seed bomb candy machine, but at least as fun.
Here’s more from Vanessa Harden:
This project explores the existing instruments involved in this practice. How can they be modified, camouflaged or completely redesigned? From digging to planting, this idea approaches design in a modular fashion. These new objects function as components that combine to facilitate the individual processes in gardening. The pieces also take inspiration from nature by featuring mechanisms that reference existing natural occurrences such as seed dispersal. In addition to bio-mimicry, this idea looks at various methods of disguising gardening paraphernalia in everyday attire and accessories, drawing on influences from militaria and spy gadgetry.
By exploring the duality of male and female apparel, familiar everyday objects and garments can also function as guerrilla gardening tools, interfacing modern technology with organic products. Secretly dropping seed bombs on their way to work or planting flowers on their way home, these designs allow the guerrilla gardener to integrate their assaults into their everyday routine.