27 July 2017. Museum of London
I've contributed content to the Museum of London's exhibition "The City is Ours" which is on until 2 January 2018. On Thursday 27 July I'll also be giving a free lunch time talk, sharing slides and anecdotes about why and how to guerrilla garden in London and other cities. Come for 1pm.
25 May 2017. The Guerrilla Gardeners' Garden Tour
As part of the London-wide Chelsea Fringe I'll be leading a walk from Lambeth North to Elephant and Castle via my guerrilla gardens. It's a free guided walk. I'll be joined, as I was last year, by artist and guerrilla gardener Wilm Weppelmann from Germany and his friend Rob Cabbage. Refreshments at the end outside Perronet House. Start at 6.30pm. More details here.
4 May 2017. Broadgate, London
I'm part of a line up of speakers for 'an evening of Urban Eden', on the subject of wild. Also featuring Isabella Tree, whose Knepp Castle Estate has been transformed into the largest rewilding project in England and journalist Clover Stroud, who will tell all about the wild journey she embarked upon, age just 16, after her world was turned upside down, have a drink on us and get ready to be inspired. Tickets are £5 and include a drink. More info here
7 March 2017. Southmoor, Oxfordshire
A slide show on guerrilla gardening to the Southmoor & Kingston Bagpuize Gardening Club at the Village Hall in Southmoor.
23 February 2017. Central Saint Martins, London
Olly Wainwright, architecture critic of The Guardian has invited me to join the panel his is chairing to discuss "landscape" in a series called "Fundamentals: Public Art". He writes, "London is blooming. From sky gardens and pocket parks to garden bridges and green links, the capital's major new developments are boasting green-fingered landscape credentials like never before. But how can we distinguish welcome new parks and planting from misleading greenwash? Are these Babylonian gardens proving to be all they set out to be, or are developers using the power of plants to ease their projects through the planning system? Interrogating London's new generation of landscapes and public spaces, from community gardens and “guerrilla gardening” to the nature of new urban squares, we will probe behind the shrubbery to question the future of the city's green space. The panel includes Giles Charlton (Spacehub), Jo Gibbons, (J & L Gibbons), Anna Minton (University of East London), Stephen Richards (Gillespies) and me.
14 November 2016. Exeter, Devon
A return to a school where I studied for two years, Exeter School, for an after school talk to the Crossing Club, on "The Contribution of Agitation to Urban Regeneration".
16 September 2016. BBC Radio 4
Making contributions to a documentary on BBC Radio 4 with James Wong debating the prevalent and popular style of English country gardens.
18 August 2016. Somerset House, London
I'm part of a panel discussion at Somert Set House on "Edible Utopia: Transforming Cities Through Food Systems" from 7pm in The Screening Room. Get tickets here I will be joined by guests Allan Jenkins (Editor of Observer Food Monthly), Carolyn Steel (writer, architect/designer and author of Hungry City) and Jeremy Lee (chef at Quo Vadis, Soho) to consider the benefits of bringing key parts of our food systems inside the city. What are the challenges of urban growing? Which options might be feasible at a site like Somerset House? What is the right balance between new technology and traditional practices - in growing and cookery? How can we realistically involve people in a collaboration that addresses growing, cooking and eating in a cultural hub? What is the the most productive relationship between growers, cooks and consumers? Join us to hear from our panel, contribute your own ideas, visit the Edible Utopia experimental garden and enjoy some utopian refreshment.
12 June 2016. Balham Literary Festival, London
I'm part of a panel discussion "Running Riot In The Urban Landscape" on Sunday morning with writer and urban explorer Bradley Garrett and poet Inua Ellams upstairs at The Bedford in Balham. More info here.
1 May 2016. All around the Northern Hemisphere
Ten years ago a group of artists in Brussels declared 1 May as International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day. Ever since thousands around the world have sown sunflower seeds on this day in neglected public spaces with the optimistic hope that they will bloom. Many do. Please make some plans to take part this year whether solo or in a group of your creation locally, and join in the event online via Facebook.com/guerrillagardening
28 April 2016. Amersham, UK
The Amersham Gardening Association have invited me to give a slide show at Drake Hall, Amersham Community Centre, Chiltern Avenue, Amersham, HP6 5AH.
11 April 2016. Tunbridge Wells, Kent
The Tunbridge Wells Women's Institute are hosting me and my slide show.
2 April 2016. Southbank, London
The Southbank Centre are hosting a two week festival of URBAN in which I'm contributing a guerrilla gardening walking tour and action. Join me at the Festival Hall ticket desk at noon on Saturday 2 April from where I'll be taking you on a route around the South Bank, taking on some neglected micro spaces, sharing stories of historic guerrilla gardening locally and beyond, and looking at where the promised environmentally destructive new Garden Bridge might be built and sharing acts of guerrilla protest against it. Read more at the Southbank Centre's website.
29 March 2016. Rochester, Kent
A group of pagans and witches have invited me to share guerrilla gardening tales with them in a pub meeting room. I've been advised to learn a bit more from this website, and if you're interested in joining I suggest you contact the Hedge Witch.
19 March 2016. Kensington, London
I'm delighted and daunted to be chairing the Society of Garden Designers Spring conference, on the theme of "State of Flux Capturing The Ephemera". More details about the speakers and tickets for the event at the Royal Geographic Society can be found here. I shall be endeavouring to ensure your memories of the day are far from ephemeral.
9 March 2015. Hackney, London
The Walking Reading Group are walking and reading on the subject of The Commons. I've given them some reading (a few pages from The Diggers by David Starsmeare and Common Ground essay by Joseph Rykwert) and will be introducing the evening. Free, but do register.
27 February 2016. Royal Academy, London
I'm part of a discussion chaired by journalist and horticulturist Alys Fowler exploring the current state and future potential of contemporary urban gardening. I'll be joined by forager John Rensten and artist Wendy Shillam. The event will be held in the Reynolds Room (nice touch) of Burlington House, the Royal Academy of Arts. Tickets are £16 including a visit to the accompanying exhibition Monet In The Garden of £10 without, reductions available. More information here.
10 February 2016. London College of Communications
I'm part of a big line up of speakers gathering at London College of Communications, just over the road from my home Elephant & Castle. WILD: ReNaturing The City will explore the value of Nature in our urban lives and ask, How might we biohack the city? Can we rewild modern life? Is Natural selection a design process? Is unwilding uncivilized? Can designers and artists co-create our future with Nature? Will technology save us? Is our future feral? What does a smart city look like? Are we the regeneration generation? etc The symposium will bring together presentations, debate and performance to investigate the exciting intersections of Nature, design, technology and urban life. Book your free ticket here.
9 January 2016. High Leigh, Herfordshire
The brilliant Bishop Roger Morris of Chelmsford is hosting a curates training weekend and has invited me to form a trio of community social entrepreneurs (together with Sarah Corbett and Dan Thompson) to share experiences and inspire the newly ordained as they enter their ministry. A little on guerrilla gardening, but for once sharing more than that, touching on my variety of projects and campaigns across my virtual parish of Elephant and Castle.
17 October 2015. Putney, London
As part of the Big Lunch Extras public workshop I'll be rallying community activists with a slide show in All Saints Church at 11.45am.
12 October 2015. Clore Ballroom, London
The London Literature Festival's theme this year is Tell Me Something I Don't Know. I'll be reading some of my new writing at 8pm in the Clore Ballroom.
12 October 2015. Haymarket, London
1 October 2015. Ruislip, London
The Women's Institute of Ruislip in West London have invited me to talk to their members gathering at the GAA Sports and Social Club at 7.30pm
11 September 2015. Kennington, London
Different Skies and the Poetry School have teamed up for a architectural poetry tour around Kennington looking at regeneration over the decades. Meet at 6.30pm outside Kennington tube station for a roaming discussion featuring presentations and readings from John Boughton, James Hatts, Mary Van der Water, Silvia Rothlisberger and me. Join the Facebook event here.
29 August 2015. Greenbelt Festival, Kettering
I'll be at the annual weekend Greenbelt festival at Boughton House near Kettering talking on guerrilla gardening at 1.15pm on Saturday afternoon in the Tree House with a book signing at 2.45pm in the Book Shop.
11 July 2015. Münster, Germany
A return to Münster to both talk at and create a guerrilla gardening workshop at the annual Freie Gartenakademie hosted by artist Wilm Weppelmann.
31 May 2015. Walking Tour Elephant & Castle, London
It's an annual event now, when I do a walking tour of my local guerrilla gardens around the Elephant and Castle as part of the London-wide Chelsea Fringe festival. Meet at 11am outside Lambeth North Station and we'll zig zag towards the heart of the Elephant and Castle, probably finishing off at a new community garden project on the New Kent Road about 1.5 hrs later.
15 May 2015. Bari, Italy
I'll be contributing to the third Mediterranean Symposium organised by Primavera Mediterranea in the seaside city of Bari, Italy.
1 May 2015. International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day
All around the northern hemisphere guerrilla gardeners will be sowing sunflower seeds. It's an annual event, more details and inspiration to be announced. Here are a few old photos of guerrilla sunflower sowing.
1 April 2015. East Dulwich, London
I'm the guest of the East Dulwich Women's Institute. We will gather at the EDT for a talk at 7.30pm followed by some guerrilla gardening. Come with gloves for gardening.
23 May 2015. Sevenoaks, Kent
I'll be giving a talk in a yurt at a secret rural location of the first Innocent Unplugged festival.
24 December 2014. Elephant and Castle, London
We'll be creating a guerrilla grotto in one of the remaining subways beneath the Elephant and Castle, a "pick your own" of unwanted presents and decorations, marking the final Christmas of this precious public space before demolition. Rather than decorate a spruce we planted in a guerrilla garden in 2007 we chopped it down this year and used it to decorate the lobby of our tower block, ahead of road widening early in 2015.
1 December 2014. Pune, India
Lecture to students on guerrilla gardening and the work of Ugly Indian at the Bharti Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Education.
12 November 2014. Kings Lynn, Norfolk
A slide show and lecture at the Art Cites & Landscape symposium in the town hall, a project that twins Kings Lynn and Amiens in France and is leading to both a physical and cultural transformation of the town.
11 November 2014. The Barlett UCL, London
A four hour lecture and discussion on both guerrilla gardening, interim use projects and influencing top down urban design with students within the Development Planning Unit.
25 September 2014. Sheffield, Yorkshire
"From Grey To Green - Adventure in Radical Gardening" brings together me with Los Angeles guerrilla gardener Ron Finley, my collaborator friend and designer Vanessa Harden, Professor Nigel Dunnett and enlightened community orientated horticultural contractor John Little to each share 15 minutes of inspiration. Part of the University of Sheffield's Festival of the Mind
21 August 2014. Shambala Festival, Northamptonshire
27 July 2014. Walworth Garden Farm, London
I live in an area with cranes and bulldozers everywhere, much of the area is being demolished and rebuilt. Residents are invited to consider new names for areas and a local charity is hosting PUT IT ON THE MAP workshops and talks as inspiration. Taking inspiration from the area's surprisingly green infrastructure - the Elephant and Castle Urban Forest and River of Flowers I'll be at Walworth Garden Farm from 2.30pm.
29 June 2014. Mobile Meadow Performance, London
Part 2 of The Mobile Meadow sees our pots of wild meadow plants and the people who planted them being led in a choreographed walk around the Elephant and Castle by artist Simon Whitehead. We meet at 2pm at Siobhan Davies Dance at St George's Road. More details here.
28 June 2014. Elephant and Castle, London
As part of the Siobhan Davies Human Nature series and the London Festival of Architecture I'll be leading a walk with Jo Gibbons and Paul Lincoln from London Bridge to the Mobile Gardeners' Park at the Elephant and Castle. I'll be taking the bit from just north of Elephant and Castle to the park talking about the guerrilla gardens along the way, the regeneration and the creation of interim green spaces with a long term legacy. For more information visit here.
20 June 2014. Central St Martin's, London
As part of Central St Martins / University of the Arts RESTLESS FUTURES series of round table discussions I'm joining a panel on the subject of Pop Ups, Networks and Legacy. Others include Eleanor Fawcett (Head of Design, London Legacy Development Corporation), Oliver Wainwright architecture critic for The Guardian and others. 5 - 7pm at The Granary, Kings Cross.
12-14 June 2014. The Pungent Subway, London
As part of the London Festival of Architecture I'm creating an installation in one of the seven subways at the Elephant and Castle using the harvest from fragrant guerrilla gardens in the local area. Lavender, bay, sage, lemon balm and marjoram will be trampled by pedestrians to create a Pungent Subway. 6.30-8.30pm Thursday 12 June to Saturday 14 June.
18 May 2014. Elephant and Castle, London
On my home ground, I will be leading a guided tour of guerrilla gardens along part of the Elephant and Castle River of Flowers from Lambeth North to the Mobile Gardeners' Park. Pavement plots, traffic islands, roundabouts and more. Hear how they each came to survive and thrive. It's a free event, part of Chelsea Fringe. Meet by Lambeth North tube at 11am, finish by about 1pm.
17 May 2014. Senate House, London
24 April 2014. Greater London Authority
One of the speakers at the GLA's 'All London Green Grid Seminar' at 10am City Hall.
19 April 2014. Moscow, Russia
Speaking at and guerrilla gardening alongside participants at the Delai sam / Do-it-yourself festival.
8 April 2014. Wandsworth London
5 March 2014. Brisbane, Australia
The Rotary Club of Brisbane - part of a global network of community volunteers - have invited me to give a presentation to their members, my first talk in Australia.
17 December 2013. East London
Spaces for Ideas X Urbanistga.org/RECORD present "Towards Metabolic Cities". Goodness what a title. I am one of three key speakers, the others are Mitchell Joachim, Co-Founder, Terreform One and Paul Smyth, Founder, Something & Son and FARM:shop. The event is curated by Thomas Ermacora in collaboration with Lucy Bullivant, Urbanista.org and will investigate potential conceptual frameworks for the interaction between the built environment and ‘living’ technologies. Tickets are available here.
24 November 2013. Primrose Hill, London
From the people who brought your Wilderness Festival comes The Sunday Papers Live, a day of immersive content inspired by the format of the traditional Sunday media. I'm part of this second edition's gardening supplement, inviting 'readers' to wander the streets seeing the landscape through eyes of a guerrilla gardener and perhaps getting our hands a little dirty too. The venue is Cecil Sharp House, (a beautiful hall, which by coincidence is where I did my horticultural exams). Find out more here.
15 November 2013. Groningen, The Netherlands
A keynote speaker at the 'Energize' festival in Groningen, the Netherlands "energy capital". The event between 14 and 17 November looks at a sustainable future from the perspective of artists and designers and is organised by the art academy in Groningen.
6 November 2013. Open University Milton Keynes
A lunch time talk to the Open University's Gardening Club in Milton Keynes, a city where I know there's a guerrilla gardening druid who plants his potions in the vast grassy verges.
5 November 2013. Hillingdon, London
A talk to students of the University of the Third Age, this time the Garden Appreciation Group in Hillingdon, at St Giles Church Hall, Ickenham, 2pm.
10 August 2013. Wilderness, Cornbury, Oxfordshire
I'll be sharing annecdotes about guerrilla gardening in the Nature Tent at 2.30pm. Part of a wonderful wild weekend in the countryside. For more about Wilderness Festival visit their page here
3 August 2013. Mestia, Georgia
20 July 2013. Gdańsk, Poland
As part of the PARKOWANIE festival I'll be giving a presentation about guerrilla gardening and then leading the audience on a walk and plant guerrilla gardening mission in Gdansk. If you're a guerrilla gardener in the area please get in touch. I will be in Gdansk from the evening of 18 July until Sunday.
19 June 2013. #InnocentInspires, London
I'm gathering in a yurt with Richard Reed, founder of Innocent Drinks, Laura Bailey, Arthur Potts Dawson, Henrietta Ludgate and Good for Nothing where I'll say a few words and lead a mass seed bomb making workshop for ninety people. Good old messy fun. It's one in a series of Innocent Inspires events.
26 May 2013. Forest Hill, London
25 May 2013. Elephant and Castle, London
A walking tour of the guerrilla gardens of Elephant and Castle. This is becoming an annual event now, part of the new Chelsea Fringe festival of flowers and gardening across London. Meet at 11am in the centre of the Elephant and Castle roundabout. The walk will last about 1.5 hours and is free. More information on the Chelsea Fringe website.
19 May 2013. Elephant and Castle, London
11 May 2013. TEDx Newham, London
6 May 2013. Pinner, London
A talk with the new Pinner Women's Institute, known as HAWI (HA is the Harrow postcode).
4 May 2013. Bologna, Italy
Lyla (troop 1046) and I will be joining the Terra di Nettuno guerrilla gardeners of Bologna and other guerrillas from further afield in Italy for a gathering of conversation and gardening. More details to be confirmed.
1 May 2013. All over the northern hemisphere
It's International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day, time to plant sunflower seeds beyond your boundaries. Join the international event page on Facebook here and start making plans for what you will do that day.
25 April 2013. Cologne, Germany
24 April 13. Ilford, London
The Ilford Horticultural Society have invited me to talk to them at Fullwell Cross Library, Barkingside at 8pm.
3 April 2013. Auckland, New Zealand
My first visit to New Zealand for a talk hosted by the British Council at BizDojo Co-Space on K Rd Auckland Wednesday April 3rd from 6-8pm. The event is part of PIYN (People In Your Neighbourhood). The project involves aspiring artists and performers from Auckland's diverse communities, working with the best of contemporary UK talent, to collaborate, create and celebrate. The programme involves capacity building workshops, online and face to face collaborations and master-classes in creativity.
29 March 2013. Edinburgh, Scotland
I'll be contributing to the Edinburgh International Science Festival with a late afternoon lecture alongside other speakers on urban greening. More details to be confirmed.
13 March 13. Market Harborough, Leicestershire
The Little Bowden Women's Institute have invited me to talk at their monthly gathering this evening.
21 February 2013. Christ Church, Oxford
My old geography tutor Professor Judy Pallot has invited me back to Christ Church to give a talk to her current undergraduates at the Halford McKinder Society. It's 15 years since I attended one of these late afternoon gatherings. Other ex ChCh geographers are welcome. We meet at 5.30pm in the SCR.
7 February 2013. Kennington, London
Back sharing tales a few minutes from home of local guerrilla gardening and a bit beyond at the Kennington Gardens Society. Doors open at 7pm, the slide show begins at 7.30pm and is hosted in the lovely Lambeth venue of Roots and Shoots. More info here. All welcome.
1 December 2012. Islington, London
19 October 2012. Milan, Italy
Every year since 2009, as part of the Milan MADE EXPO, the High Green Tech Symposium conference has been held. This year's theme is NEXT LANDSCAPES and I'll be speaking there.
29 September 2012. Petersham, London
23 September 2012. Elephant and Castle, London
As part of the celebrated Open House weekend, there's a tour of guerrilla gardens and mobile gardening around the Elephant and Castle. Lyla Reynolds from GuerrillaGardening.org and Paul McGann from Mobile Gardeners will be leading the tour. It starts at 2pm at the entrance to St Mary's Churchyard park at the Elephant and Castle at 2pm, SE1 6SQ and finishes with drinks at the Mobile Gardeners' Park.
22 - 23 September 2012. Graz, Austria
I'll be contributing to the Truth Is Concrete Marathon Camp in Graz Austria. It's a 24/7 gathering on artistic strategies in politics and political strategies in art.
8 September 2012. River Cottage, Dorset
It's the first River Cottage Autumn Fair this weekend and Lyla and I will be there to talk about guerrilla gardening in the yurt at noon on Saturday. There are also talks that day about eating goat, making vodka from milk, seed saving and planting for bees. Find out more and get tickets from here.
23 - 26 August 2012. Stockholm, Sweden
11 August 2012. Seoul, Korea
I'm speaking at TEDx Itaewon in South Korea (where my book was published earlier this year). Visit TEDx Itaewon's Facebook page.
10 - 12 August 2012. Cornbury, Oxfordshire
28 July 2012. Camp Bestival, Dorset
I'm back at the beautiful Camp Bestival doing a question and answer about guerrilla gardening in the East Lulworth Literary Tent. Do come.
26 July 2012. Southwark, London
I'm carrying the Olympic Torch through Southwark on the eve of the London 2012 games - at 12.02 on Peckham Road. I was nominated by my brother Kit. Neither of us realised Southwark Council would be administering the co-ordination of the torch relay, and the irony is that if it wasn't for their institutional neglect of the infrastructure that is under their care, whether the public realm or housing, I wouldn't have become a guerrilla gardener. I have been using the opportunity of carrying the torch to shine a light on the council's negligent attitude towards fire safety.
11 July 2012. Caversham, Berkshire
Caversham Horticultural Society have invited me to present a guerrilla gardening slide show at their monthly evening gathering.
7 July 2012. Southwark, London
19 May - 10 June 2012. Chelsea Fringe, London
The Chelsea Fringe is a new London wide gardening festival. I'm on the steering group and programming some of the content. I'll be giving a walking tour of SE1 guerrilla gardens on May 20th, a DJ set at the Garden Museum's disco garden party and do get involved by sharing or pimping pavements, I want you on the map. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
1 May 2012. Around the Northern Hemisphere
It's International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day. A date for guerrilla gardeners to plant sunflower seeds all over the place. More details here.
21 April 2012. Trafalgar Square, London
I'll be presenting two installations in Trafalgar Square as part of the city's St George Day celebrations. The square is to be filled with gardens and garden related activity for the afternoon. There won't be any guerrilla gardening, though there'll be a short talk on it as well as two installations. One called PIMP YOUR PAVEMENT and the other a showcase of the new MOBILE GARDENERS park which is coming soon to Elephant and Castle. I'll also be on stage at 1.45pm talking about guerrilla gardening.
18 April 2012. Borough, London
I'll be giving a slide show at the monthly meeting of the Borough Belles WI group at the Welsh Chapel on Southwark Bridge Road. And I hear the women are keen to head out and do some guerrilla gardening afterwards... so Borough, look out!
14 April 2012. Leytonstone, London
The NewsFromNowhereClub.org which "challenges the commercialisation and isolation in modern life" have invited me to back to speak on guerrilla gardening after failing to make it last year due because a car accident. All being well I'll be there at The Epicentre E11 4LJ for the buffet at 7.30pm and talking at 8pm. It's made it into a Time Out London Critics Pick of the Week.
12 April 2012. Dartmouth, Devon
The Dart Valley University of the Third Age have invited me to speak, or to be more precise my formidable and boundlessly enthusiastic prep school headmaster Christopher Helyer has invited me to speak to his fellow Third Agers. More details to follow.
25 March 2012. Streatham, London
Transition Streatham and The People's Kitchen present "There is such a thing as a free lunch...!"
I'll be speaking at Sustainable Streatham's Food festival's sustainable feast. You're welcome from 3pm to cook your own dinner or come for the meal and my talk at 7pm. It's at the Woodlawns Centre SW16 2PJ. Contact email@example.com (Suggested donation: £3 individual or £5 family).
I'll be speaking at Sustainable Streatham's Food festival's sustainable feast. You're welcome from 3pm to cook your own dinner or come for the meal and my talk at 7pm. It's at the Woodlawns Centre SW16 2PJ. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org (Suggested donation: £3 individual or £5 family).
24 March 2012. Dartmouth Park, London
I'll be at Transition Town Dartmouth Park's Seedy Saturday event at Highgate Newtown Community Centre (NW5), probably on stage with a slide show at about 1pm.
21 March 2012. Charleston, Sussex
I'm sharing slides and a stage with gardening journalist Alys Fowler at the mini Garden Festival at Charleston at 7pm. Tickets are £10 and can be bought here. Charleston was the home and country meeting place for the writers, painters and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury group. The interior was painted by the artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, and together with their collection forms a unique example of their decorative style.
19 March 2012. Leicester, Leicestershire
I'm speaking with the Leicester Ladies WI at The Almanack in Leicester City Centre at 7.30pm
27 October 11. Warsaw, Poland
I'll be participating in the Museum of Modern Art's "Warsaw Under Construction" festival with a lecture this evening. More information here.
27 September 11. Leiden, Netherlands
I'm a speaker at the Home Garden Conference, "How to reach the Younger Generation?
Making the youth of today into the gardeners of tomorrow?" organised by FleuroSelect
Making the youth of today into the gardeners of tomorrow?" organised by FleuroSelect
24 September 11. Southwark, London
Presenting at Mint Street Park, a growing event organised by Bankside Open Spaces Trust
22 September 11. Lambeth, London
At the town hall in Brixton hosting the annual Estates In Bloom awards from Lambeth Living to residents in Lambeth.
14 September 11. Elephant and Castle, London
This summer I've helped launch the Elephant and Castle Urban Forest, a campaigning and interim use hosting group in 'Central London's Secret Woodland'. Normally I'm just an organiser but this evening I take to our alfresco stage and am one of three speakers at "Grass Roots Change", about how to turn your passion into a movement and am joined by Amisha Ghadiali and Nadia Idle. More information here
10-11 September 11. Jimmy's Farm, Suffolk
I'm curating the small Growing Stage at "Harvest at Jimmy's" and will introduce ten talks and workshops including Matt Tanton-Brown, Monty Don, Kevin Smith, Deb Hart, Zoe Cameron, Josie Jeffrey and my twin brother Kit Reynolds with wide ranging subjects from bees to pots to edible hats and fragrance in the garden. I'm giving two talks, one on guerrilla gardening the other on pimping your pavement. It's part of a weekend long festival of music, food and gardening. Find out more about "Harvest at Jimmy's" and buy tickets here.
29 August 11. Start@Kew, London
I'm doing a Q&A at 2.30pm at Start@Kew, an 'eco-extravaganza for all the family'
27 August 11. Glasgow, Scotland
The Forgotten Island will be arriving on the banks of the River Clyde and disappearing again in September. I'll be there talking and gardening this Saturday afternoon. Find out more here
3 August 11. Morchard Bishop, Devon
Back to the village where I spent the first three years of my life. I'll be talking to the Morchard Bishop Gardening Club with a slide show at 7pm.
29-31 July 11. Karlstad, Sweden
Futureperfect is a 'festival of sustainable living', three days of forums, talks, workshops, film and music under the long nights of northern Sweden. I'll be there. Details to be confirmed. The festival website has loads on it already but is still under construction as I write this entry (8/3/11). Join the Facebook event here.
5 July 11. Southwark, London
21 June 11. Portland Place, London
I'm on a panel at the Royal Institute of British Architects discussing "Could subversive tactics bring our public spaces back to life?" Also on the panel is Martha Schwartz of Martha Schwartz Partners, Peter Heath of Atkins Global and Ben Plowden, Director Better Routes & Places at Transport for London. From 6.30pm
28 May 11. Paris, France
At Jardins, Jardin aux Tuileries, (the "Chelsea Flower Show of France") to give a presentation at 4pm followed by seed bomb making from Gabeau of Paris Guerrilla Gardening and student presentations inspired by guerrilla gardening.
16 May 11. West End, London
21 April 11. Liverpool
At FACT for the afternoon as part of their Green Week with local guerrilla gardeners sharing advice about how to make places of dereliction and apathy flourish. Details to be confirmed
17 April 11. Elephant & Castle, London
I'll be leading a walking tour around local guerrilla gardens of the Elephant & Castle and beyond at 2pm. The walk lasts about an hour and a half. £5 ticket includes sunflower seeds and seed bombs. Please contact me to book a place. We will meet at the centre of the North roundabout at the Elephant & Castle, just over the road from the Bakerloo line tube exit.
15 April 11. Rotterdam, The Netherlands
9 April 11. Leytonstone, London
The News From Nowhere Club, inspired by the vision of William Morris, has invited me to talk at the Epicentre in Leytonstone this evening. More details here
5 April 11. Highgate, London
A slide show to the Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution at 8.15pm. The institution has been "a focal point of Highgate's varied cultural life since we were established in 1839". The event is £5 to non members, doors open at 8pm, space permitting.
4 April 11. Lewisham, London
3 April 11. West Norwood, London
I'll be pimping pavements at the West Norwood Feast at 2pm. Come and get dirty on the pavements of South London. We'll be meeting at the Gardeners' Corner part of the event.
2 April 11. Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, London
I'm at London's wonderful WWT in Barnes for a noon slide show and Q&A, part of a day of activities including a migration and wader walk and tree walk. More details here.
(Note this talk was originally on 3 April but has changed to Saturday 2 April)
(Note this talk was originally on 3 April but has changed to Saturday 2 April)
5 March 11. Kensington, London
I'll be talking with the Kensington Gardeners Club at 2.30pm at Kensington Central Library.
2 March 11. Great Mongeham, Kent
A slide show at the Parish Hall (CT14 9LL) to the Great Mongeham Horticultural Society. The show begins at 7.30pm.
11 February 10. Bloomington, USA
10 Feb 11. Indianapolis, USA
9 Feb 11. Lake Zurich, USA
At the village of Lake Zurich near Chicago, talking in the church hall to the Lake Zurich Gardening Club at 7pm.
8 Feb 11. Chicago, USA
12 November 10. Berlin, Germany
6 November 10. Paris, France
4 November 10. Garden Museum, London
London Environmental Education Forum's Urban Gardener's Question Time. I'll be on the panel. The event starts at 5pm at the brilliant Garden Museum in Lambeth. More details here.
28 October 10. Norwich, Norfolk
I'll be at the Millenium Library, The Forum, Norwich talking about guerrilla gardening, showing slides and contributing to the seed swap. Tickets available here
26 October 10. Ruislip, Middlesex
A meeting of the Ruislip Central Horticultural Society at St. Lawrence's Church Hall. I'll be talking about my slides from 7.30pm
21 October 10 Woodnesborough, Kent
My slide show on guerrilla gardening begins at 7.30pm in the Village Hall
14 October 10 Lambeth, London
I'll be speaking at and compering Lambeth's annual "Estates In Bloom" award at the town hall in Brixton.
11 October 10. Aarhus, Denmark
A lecture to The Kaospilots and then a guerrilla gardening session around the Latin Quarter of Denmark's second city.
9 October 10. International Tulip Guerrilla Gardening Day
The first guerrilla tulip planting day. More details at the Facebook event here.
9 October 10. Grand Designs Live NEC Birmingham
I'll be on stage at the Garden Theatre at 1.30pm, just after Three Men When To Mow. Wander my way and take away some advice, inspiration and a seed bomb.
7 October 10. Royal College of Art, London
I'll be at the event "Selling Sustainability" with fashion designer and educator Dilys Williams, pro-environmental marketeer Ed Gillespie and architect Ken Yeang CB discussing our personal strategies for broaching the sustainability question with different audiences, turning hearts and minds for the better. Click here and scroll down for more details. 6-9pm. Free admission, but book.
29 September 10. Trieste, Italy
I'll be speaking on the opening panel of the 3 day conference "Chances for Cultural and Citizenship Education within the Development of Cities and Urban Spaces” which brings together 200 architects, sociologists, NGOs, politics, media, multipliers and practitioners in cultural and citizenship education, to discusses the complex challenges with which cities and urban spaces are confronted from an interdisciplinary perspective.
26 September 10. Spittalfields, London
I'll be at the East London Sukkah at Spitalfields City Farm, E1 5AR in conversation at 5.30pm with David Barrie (The People’s Supermarket), Eike Sindlinger (ARUP), Heather Ring (The Wayward Plant Registry) and Vahakn Matossian (Fruit City)
20 August 10. Essen, Germany
I'll be speaking at Museum Folkwang as part of their Hacking The City exhibition.
13 August 10. New London Architecture, London
I'll be speaking at a free breakfast event at the New London Architecture offices at 26 Store St WC1E on the subject of Public Realm. Registration is essential
12 August 10. Kennington, London
I'm at Roots and Shoots in Kennington to talk to the Kennington Gardens Society. Doors open at 7.30, slide show begins at 8.
25 July 10. Secret Garden Party, Cambridgeshire
I'll be giving the School of Life Sunday Sermon at the Centre Camp of The Secret Garden Party. Something they describe as "a Sunday Sermon like you've never heard before, prepared by London's pioneering The School of Life (where the hymns are pop songs and the vicar has been replaced by an intriguiging left-of-field genius)"... but I hadn't been booked when that was written, and I may insist on a sing song of All Things Bright And Beautiful.
24 July 10. Windsor, Berkshire
I am one of the speakers at "Up the Garden Path! How Gardens benefit society" a conference at Cumberland Lodge. It's day two of a three day conference. I'm on at 9am with Mike Calnan, Head of Parks and Gardens, National Trust and Sue Minter of the Eden Project and Chelsea Physic Garden.
19-22 July 10. Tbilisi, Georgia
I'm participating in "Frozen Moments, Architecture Speaks Back" with the Laura Palmer Foundation in Tblisi. Our focus is the derelict Soviet Ministry of Transportation building, a 1970s monolith that's been described as one of the worst buildings ever constructed by mankind. Read more about the project here
4 July 10. Union Street Urban Orchard, London
Heather Ring (Troop 1986) of the Waywards Plant Registry has put together an Urban Orchard as part of the London Festival of Architecture. On the weekend of July 3 and July 4 lots of events are taking place there (bee keeping course, cider making, willow weaving). At noon on Sunday 4th Darren Wilson of Glasgow Guerrilla Gardening who has invented the Seedbom, designer Vanessa Harden creator of inventions for The Subversive Gardener and myself will be gathering for a seed bomb workshop. At 6.30pm I'll be doing a garden themed alfresco DJ set. Details here
20 June 10. Elephant & Castle, London
19 June 10. Myatt's Field, London
The Myatt's Field Park in Lambeth is having a party of stalls and talks. I'll be there at 3.30pm to talk guerrilla gardening.
19 June 10. Blackfriars, London
A cycling tour organised by Professor Jeremy Till of the University of Westminster of locations around central London where speakers will talk about The Productive City. The ride starts at 1pm, St John Street with the brilliant Carolyn Steel. I'll be at Blackfriars Bridge Road junction with Stamford Street at 1.45pm.
5 June 10. Stoke Newington, London
I and fellow Bloomsbury gardening author Laetitia Maklouf will be sharing a stage at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival in The White Hart at noon. Details here.
2 June 10. Henleaze, Bristol
A talk to the Henleaze Garden Club in Bristol at 7.30pm
29 May 10. Stockholm, Sweden
Lyla and I will be giving a guerrilla gardening workshop from 12 - 3 at Scandic Malmen in Södermalm, hosted by The British Council.
28 May 10. Stockholm, Sweden
I'll be talking and guerrilla gardening with Kulturhuset to mark the opening of their new exhibition Låt tusen blommor blomma. It begins at 3.15pm. Speakers include Mikael Källqvist from Stockholmshem, Peter Söderlund from IOUDesign from Charity/X-Cons, Josefins Oddsberg from Parkpollination and then comes me who will finish my speech by opening the exhibition.
15 May 10. Parliament Square, London
Back to Parliament Square for a guerrilla gardening event organised by the Democracy Village encampment. Pot plants and an open mic from noon. More details here.
10 May 10. Meopham, Kent
A return to Meopham Village Hall in Kent for a talk to the Meopham Garden Association at 8pm.
7 May 10. Grand Designs Live @ ExCeL, London
I'll be giving a talk and doing a classic seed bomb making demonstration at the Grand Designs Live show at 12.45pm on Friday 7 May
5 May 10. Great Mongeham, Kent
I'll be talking to the Great Mongeham Horticultural Society in the Great Mongeham Parish Hall, near Deal in Kent at 7.30pm
1 May 10. International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day
Once more guerrilla gardeners from around the world wander their neighbourhoods and plants sunflower seeds where ever they see potential. And this year it's a Saturday. More info here and please do join the Facebook Event so we can all share what's going on all over the Northern Hemisphere!
22 April 10. Regent Street, London. Earth Day
Anthropologie are celebrating Earth Day in all their shops and have invited me to their branch in Regent Street to chat about guerrilla gardening and sign a few books. I'll be there from 1pm. Also there will be Mark Laurence talking about Living Walls. A portion of the days takings will be donated to Soho Green, a community garden in Soho.
11 April 10. Arcola Theatre, London
20 March 10. Munich, Germany
Buchvorstellung / SHOW & TELL Ampère/Muffatwerk, Zellstraße 4 at 7.30pm. More details here.
19 March 10. Hamburg, Germany
Buchvorstellung / SHOW & TELL. Stavenhagenhaus, Frustbergstr. 4 at 7.30pm
18 March 10. Essen, Germany
Buchvorstellung / SHOW & TELL. Buchhandlung Proust, Akazienallee/Am Handelshof 1 (im Allianzhaus) at 8 o'clock. More details here
17 March 10. Cologne, Germany
A talk at Europe's largest literature festival: Cologne's Lit Fest. I'll be on stage alongside Eva Demski and Sabine Reber at 8pm. More details here.
12 March 10. Covent Garden, London
It's a Garden Party at London Transport Museum, one of their Friday Late's. I'll be talking about guerrilla gardening in relation to their SUBURBIA exhibition. I hear Eco Mohitos will be served. Details here.
4 March 10. Brussels, Belgium
I'll be speaking at the CONFERENCE IBAI: VEGETALISATION, an event in Brussels organised by Recyl Art.
20 Feb 10. Southbank, London
Ctrl.Alt.Shift, Riz MC and British Underground present United Underground 2010 Pre-Event at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at London's Southbank from noon. "Think radicalism, activism, and underground music" I'm told. I'll be there with a Q&A at 7.30pm.
14 February 10. Kew Bridge, London
A talk at 1pm in the Eco Village at Kew Bridge. It's another Seed Swap event, I'll be giving a talk and taking a look around this thriving squat community.
7 February 10. Hove, Sussex
I'll be at the annual Seedy Sunday seed swap event in Hove this year, giving a talk and with a stall of GuerrillaGardening.org Lavender Pillows, books and some seed bombs. More details here
21 November 09. Stockholm, Sweden
The Swedish Architectural Association have invited me to speak at a conference on contemporary theories and practices of planning, urbanism, architecture and geography. They've quoted my old geography lecturer, David Harvey on their website, with a rousing comment on this time of change: "This foreclosure crisis, this financial crisis, has to be thought of as a crisis of the city, a crisis of urbanization - and if it's a crisis of the city and of urbanization, then the solution has to be a reconfiguration of the city and a redirection of what urbanization is about". It'll be interesting. More details at their website here.
11 November 09. Vienna, Austria
I'm talking at PHIL at 8pm this evening as part of Buch Wien (Vienna Book Fair). I've heard my slide show will be book ended by folk singing and that I might be required to dance. More details here in German
17 October 09. Ilkley, Yorkshire
The North of England's liveliest and most prestigious literature festival at Ilkley have invited me to talk on guerrilla gardening. The time and tickets are available here (in due course).
1 October 09. Bloomsbury, London
I'm lecturing, and doing a bit of gardening near by at one of the School of Life's classes again this evening. Enrole for some 'play' at this wonderful establishment.
27 September 09. Cologne, Germany
I'll be speaking at Plan Project's Forum for Contemporary Architecture. I read that this week long event "offers a network situation which serves not only to facilitate direct contact between those involved in architectural and urban development processes, but also to promote more public involvement with architecture, urban planning and building culture."
25 September 09. Lille, France
ATTACAFA have invited me to participate in their three day conference "The Street Belongs To Us" at Maison Folie of Wazemmez. They tell me "During this conference, researchers, sociologists, cultural actors of ground and inhabitants of districts will meet themselves through debates and workshops on practices exchanges leading to the construction of training programms for cultural and social actors".
19 September 09. Southwark, London
As part of the School of Life's Urban Gardening Weekend, I'll be giving a tour of some of the guerrilla gardens of SE1 and planting bulbs. Booking via the School of Life.
15 September 09. Mile End, London
The East End Women's Institute have invited me to talk at St Barnabas Bell Tower, Grove Road E3 at 7.15pm.
10 September 09. Lambeth, London
Once again Lambeth Council have asked me to speak to residents of their estates about guerrilla gardening and dish out the prizes at their annual Lambeth Estates In Bloom competition at the town hall. They seem wonderfully casual about guerrilla gardening in their borough, a far more open minded lot than the fools at Southwark Council who run where I live!
29 August 09. Southwark, London
I'm leading a walk around several of the guerrilla gardens of SE1 this afternoon at 2 until 3.30pm in partnership with the Museum of London - the world's largest urban history museum. Book in advance here.
13 July 09. Zurich, Switzerland
Buchhandlung Spheres Richard Reynolds besichtigt zunachst mit Interessierten Guerilla-Gardening-Orte in Zurich und halt im Anschluss daran einen Vortrag uber das Guerilla-Gartnern. Auch der beruhmte Zuricher Guerilla-Gartner Maurice Maggi wird mit dabei sein. Hardturmstr.66 - 19.00
11 July 09, Stuttgart, Germany
Buchhandlung Hugendubel Richard Reynolds stellt sein Buch vor und halt einen Vortrag uber die vielen Facetten des Guerilla-Gartnerns. Konigstrasse 5 - 18.00
10 July 09. Berlin, Germany
Linke Buchtage orange-press ist mit einem Stand bei den Linken Buchtagen vertreten. Am ersten Tag findet eine Buchvorstellung statt mit anschließendem Stadtrundgang unter dem Aspekt des Guerilla-Gartnerns. Mehringhof, Kreuzberg, Gneisenaustr. 2a - 18.00
9 July 09. Frankfurt, Germany
KAISER&CREAM Event im neuen Frankfurter Showroom von KAISER&CREAM. Vortrag, Diskussion und eventuell kleiner Spaziergang zu einem stadtischen Brachgelande. Mainzer Landstrasse 65-67 - 18.00
8 July 09. Bredgar, Kent
The Bredgar Women's Institute have invited me to talk at the Bredgar village hall in Kent at 7.15pm.
4 July 09. Munster, Germany
A talk at the Free Garden Academy in Munster, which this year is on the theme of "The Island of the Gardeners" (i.e. British Gardeners). There are many talks between 23 June and 23 August. Contact Wilm here for more details.
28 June 09. Hull, Humberside
As part of the Humber Mouth literature festival I'll be giving my slide show at the Pave Cafe Bar, (16-19 Princes Avenue) at 7.30pm. More details and tickets here.
25 June 09. Barbican Centre, London
As part of The Barbican's Radical Nature exhibition I'll be giving a talk this evening.
17 June 09. Romford, Essex
A return to Romford, but this time to Rush Green to talk to their gardening club.
12 June 09. Vienna, Austria
Guerrilla gardening is part of the exhibition "Die Lesbarkeit der Brache (How to read vacant lots)" showing at the Greenhouse, Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna from 3 June to 28 June. I'll be there giving a talk about guerrilla gardening on Friday 12 June.
1 June 09. German edition launch
The new German edition is out, published by Orange Press. It's a beautiful soft back packed with all the photos (and more) from the English hardback edition. Available here.
18 - 19 May 09. Budapest, Hungary
I'll be in Budapest talking about guerrilla gardening (venue and time to be confirmed). Contact Zsuzsa for more details here email@example.com.
15 - 17 May 09. Linz, Austria
11 May 09. Plymouth, Devon
A talk to Diggin It at the Roland Lewinsky Building, Plymouth University at 6pm.
4 May 09. UK paperback launch
The new paperback edition of On Guerrilla Gardening comes out today. It's got revisions and updates in every chapter, lots of new photos. More info at Amazon.
27 April 09. Dagenham, London
The Dagenham Club Green Fingers have invited me to talk at the Heathlands Centre, 7pm.
25 April 09. Southwark, London
As part of The School of Life's Urban Gardening Holiday I'll be leading a guided walk of the guerrilla gardeners of Southwark this afternoon.
18 April 09. Reading, Berkshire
A talk at Reading Central Library this Saturday afternoon from 3 - 4pm.
15 April 09. Ashford, Kent
I'm one of several speakers at the East Kent Women's Institute Gardening Day at Ashford School.
8 April 09. Canterbury, Kent
The National Vegetable Society have invited me to talk at Red Cross Hall, Canterbury at 8pm this evening.
8 March 09. British Museum, London
I will be speaking at the "Exploring Food, Connecting Communities" event at the British Museum's Clore Centre, an event that is part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) festival 2009. Doors open at 10.30am.
25 Februrary 09. Hackney, London
I'll be talking and signing books at The Broadway Bookshop, Hackney this evening at 7.
20 February 09. Hanwell, London
I'll be at the Methodist Church Hall at 10.15am talking to the Hanwell Gardening Club.
18 February 09. Okehampton Library, Devon
I'll be in Okehampton library just north of beautiful Dartmoor in Devon giving my slide show and talk at 7pm. My mother 008, and fellow guerrilla will be there speaking too about her activity in Devon.
10 February 09. Romford, Essex
I'll be talking to the Harold Hill Club Garden Friends group this evening at the Salvation Army Hall.
24 January 09. Pitlochry Scotland
I'll be talking at the Winter Words Festival in Pitlochry on Saturday morning.
19 December 08. Rotterdam, Netherlands
I am speaking at V2's Transagriculture event in Rotterdam. V2 are a twenty five year old Institute for the Unstable Media, an interdisciplinary center for art and media technology. Other speakers include Prof. Rene Boomkens, a cultural philosopher, Annalee Newitz, from Biopunk, Prof. Natalie Jeremijenko, and Michiko Nitta, with a fantastical and fatalistic vision of the future dubiously called Extreme Green Guerrilla. The day runs from 10 - 5.30pm, more information here.
2 December 08. Pewsey, Wiltshire
Pewsey Gardening Club have booked me for their Christmas calendar of events. I'll be with my slide carousel for more talk On Guerrilla Gardening at 7.30pm.
17 November 08. Somerton, Somerset
A slide show and book signing with the Somerton Hortiultural Club in the Parish Rooms from 7.30pm.
10 November 08. Kew Gardens, London
Main speaker with slide show at a talk to the Kew Mutual Improvement Society in the grand lecture hall of Kew Gardens.
2 November 08. Liverpool
The BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking festival in Liverpool have invited me to speak on guerrilla gardening at 10.30am on Sunday morning. More details to be found at their website here.
31 October 08. Moscow, Russia
The British Council have invited me to talk at their "Identity of Cities" conference in Moscow. The event is presented by the Network Effect. More details to follow.
24 October 08. Central London Walk
17 October 08. Holsworthy, Devon
My home town of Holsworthy have asked me back to give a talk in the town library at 7pm.
15 October 08. The School of Life, London
I'll be talking to a class at The School of Life and taking them guerrilla gardening around the Brunswick Centre in London at 9pm. Guerrilla Gardening is one part of the very varied syllabus of the course called PLAY.
8 October 08. Cobham, Kent
I'll be presenting an hour of slides and sharing cake and tea with Cobham Garden and Hortiultural Association in the Meadow Rooms, Cobham at 8pm.
3 September 08. London Bridge, London
Luminopolis (previously known as The Synergy Project) have invited me to talk on guerrilla gardening at 11pm in the SE One night club beneath London Bridge railway station. I could have chosen the 3am slot, but although I'm nocturnal, 11 sounded more appealing. I'll also be making some seed bombs.
19 July 08. Camp Bestival, Dorset
I'll be on the literature stage on the evening of Saturday 19 July talking to the happy campers of Lulworth Castle in Dorset about guerrilla gardening. Click here for more about Camp Bestival.
19 June 08. Dundee, Scotland
Dundee Literary Festival have booked me to talk about guerrilla gardening on Thursday evening during their long weekend of events from a variety of colourful characters and occasional authors including John Prescott (who I hope remembers me, as we met late at night on Albert Embankment while I was out planting sunflowers and he cheerfully took a packet).
28 May 08. Debate at Museum of Garden History
I'll be talking and debating the subject of guerrilla gardening. Come to the beautiful Museum of Garden History in Lambeth London at 6.30pm for 7.00pm
5 pounds, glass of wine included. More details at the museum website.
5 pounds, glass of wine included. More details at the museum website.
27 May 08. USA Publication
The almost invisibly different USA version of On Guerrilla Gardening goes on sale. All pre-orders with USA retailers will be posted today.
17 May 08. Covent Garden, London
As part of Covent Garden's Spring Renaissance Festival on Saturday 17 May at 12pm I'll be on stage in the piazza giving a talk about guerrilla gardening and demonstrating the domestic production of seed bombs.
6 May 08. BBC1 "The One Show"
Christine Walkden from The One Show joined us last night for some guerrilla gardening in Kensal Green. It'll be broadcast tonight at 7pm on BBC1.
5 May 08. UK hardback publication
Today On Guerrilla Gardening goes on sale in the UK and all pre-orders via UK retailers will be on their way to you.
1 May 08. Night Waves, BBC Radio 3
23 April 08. Whitechapel, London
Guerrilla gardening is part of the East End Film Festival at the Whitechapel Gallery. A short documentary by David Bond and Ashley Jones will be one of four different films which explore the significance of place in the formation of identity in London's East End. Followed by a panel discussion including Marc Issacs director of "The Lift", Karsten Huneck from the Office of Subversive Architecture; Nick Edwards, Chief Executive of Fundamental Architectural Inclusion and me. I'll be distributing free packets of sunflower seeds to prepare you for ISGD2 on May 1.