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Wild the City in Christchurch

October 13, 2010

Public Lecture: Biodiversity Lectureship Series

‘rethinking our urban green spaces’

When: 3 Nov, 12.30-1.15

Where: ECAN, Waiau Theatre, 58 Kilmore Street.

For more information: TB-Biodiversity Speaker Series


Wild the City in INVERCARGILL

August 27, 2010

Tessa Bunny is presenting Wild the City in Invercargill 1st Sept

4:00-5:30 Environment Southland Council Chambers

Coner of North Road & Price Street, Invercargill

All Welcome 





Graphics By Sophie Curtis & Jessie McKay, Design Studies Department, University of Otago

living walls

August 13, 2010

WHY not?

The Eco vertical wall is a matrix of colours, textures and smells. Instead of an art work in the office why not have a vertical green wall, a living tapestry. 

This living wall is at Lincoln University, Christchurch NZ. 

Here are some ideas for green walls and how to create them. They can even be a vertical veggie garden

The city voice

August 10, 2010

People are very accepting of our public spaces; the way they look and the sounds and the elements within them.  We are also very accepting of expectations of how we are to use these spaces.  Although some use inventive ways to reclaim public spaces as a place for public expression and activity.

An unusual act or a piece of art like a sculpture can draw peoples attention demanding people to think about public space that they would otherwise walk through unaware. This stunt in the University campus did make me chuckle. ‘No cycling in campus‘  modified into a more positive message – genius.

Even if it lasted just for a moment. 

Going WILD- Guerilla Gardening

August 2, 2010

Guerilla Gardening sounds like fun and usually takes place in the stealth of night. 

Seed bombs otherwise known as ‘green grenades‘ along with midnight watering missions are a great adventure with a positive spin of community action.  Seasoned and savvy guerilla gardeners know to pick hardy, drought tolerant plants that require little maintenance and have great visual impact.  

Guerilla Gardening is essentially gardening on someones land without permission and is generally used as a means for people to reclaim and regenerate public spaces.

This group of people have a range of different motives.  Some guerilla gardeners aim to beautify, add interest and some are motivated to produce food.  Others may be solely focused on planting natives, making a statement to local council.  Whatever the reason, arguing to create complexity in our public spaces, provide habitat for native birds or celebrating local plants to create a sense of place, Guerilla Gardening is happening.  

Guerilla gardeners usually find neglected areas, spaces void of plants or unimaginative plantings to work their magic. Good guerilla gardening opportunites are street traffic islands, under street trees or in the ever boring biennial flower plantings.  

Richard Reynolds is well-known guerilla gardener in London and has led the high-profile Elephant and Castle Guerilla gardens.

How to Guerilla garden?

Why not throw in a bit of spinach and mix it up? Not only would it create more visual interest but also some kai for the ever hungry university student or some native plants as a food source for birds.  All it takes is a good throw of a seed bomb from the bus or from your bike on the way home from work or school- easy as. 

While guerilla gardening is a great concept with lots happening in Europe, it has been slow to take off in New Zealand. Perhaps the councils are too diligent in attending and defending the annual planting of salvias in the traffic islands

Public Lecture

July 20, 2010

Tessa Bunny is giving a public lecture about Wild the City this Thursday 22nd July at 4:00 CSAFE, 547 Castle Street, University of Otago. All Welcome.

Wild the City installation

July 20, 2010

Wild the City exhibit, Wall Street Mall 6-11 July.

 Attempting to stimulate thought about possibilities for our cities to be transformed in more vibrant and livable places.