Got an idea for a holiday? Send it to us

Submit Now

MonMay 1

International Sunflower Guerilla Gardening Day – May 1, 2023

On International Sunflower Guerilla Gardening Day, celebrated on May 1, add a splash of color to your neighborhood by sowing sunflower seeds. Participants are invited to grow sunflowers around their localities on International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day. People from places where it gets too cold for sunflowers to thrive may plant alternative seasonally-appropriate plants. Gardening on territory over which the gardeners have no legal rights is referred to as “guerrilla gardening.” Guerrilla gardeners have a variety of objectives, but the majority of the time they plant on abandoned or neglected property to make it more visually appealing in an environmentally friendly way.

History of International Sunflower Guerilla Gardening Day

Gerrard Winstanley of the Diggers in Surrey, England, and John “Appleseed” Chapman of Ohio, U.S.A., were two of the first well-known guerilla gardeners.

Liz Christy and her Green Guerrilla group used the phrase “guerrilla gardening” for the first time in 1973, in New York’s Bowery Houston neighborhood. They turned an abandoned private lot into a garden. Although the site is still maintained by volunteers, it is now protected by the city’s parks department. International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day takes place on May 1. It was established in 2007 by a group of Bruxellois guerilla gardeners.

Guerrilla gardening occurs all over the world — having been documented in more than 30 nations worldwide — and proof of it can easily be found online in a variety of guerrilla gardening social networking groups and on guerrilla gardening community sites. Australian gardener Bob Crombie coined the term “bewildering” to describe the practice.

Guerrilla gardening is the practice of growing food, plants, or flowers on land when the gardeners do not have legal permission to do so, such as on abandoned sites, neglected regions, or private property. It includes a wide spectrum of persons and objectives, from gardeners who go beyond their legal borders to gardeners with a political agenda who use guerrilla gardening as a form of protest or direct action to effect change. Guerilla gardening is when plants are grown on property that the gardener does not own, such as an abandoned site or a roundabout. Some guerilla gardeners have ripped up pavements to recover space.

International Sunflower Guerilla Gardening Day timeline

The First Guerilla Gardeners

Two of the first well-known guerilla gardeners are Gerrard Winstanley of the Diggers in Surrey, England, and John "Appleseed" Chapman of Ohio, U.S.A.

The First Movement

The guerrilla gardening movement takes place on New York's Lower East Side, near the Bowery.

First Celebration of Guerilla Gardening Day

International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day is observed for the first time, founded by a group of guerrilla gardeners from Brussels.

Rural Lilliputian Paradise

During Milan Design Week, British gardener Steve Wheen plants 14 small-scale gardens in potholes around the city, embellishing the plots with toy vehicles and signage.

International Sunflower Guerilla Gardening Day FAQs

Why is guerilla gardening prohibited?

Guerrilla planting is considered unlawful and unethical by certain agencies. This is because certain cities and municipalities have regulations prohibiting planting.

Why do guerilla gardeners grow sunflowers instead of other flowers?

Sunflowers are preferred for crop rotations because they aid in long-term weed and disease management and provide biomass to the soil after harvest.

Can sunflowers be grown all year?

Sunflowers usually sprout in late spring, bloom in the summer, then die back with the first frost in the fall.

International Sunflower Guerilla Gardening Day Activities

  1. Start gardening in your own backyard

    They beautify the environment, purify the air, and add some color to your day! Brighten up your garden on this day!

  2. Take images of sunflowers and post them on social media

    Take some stunning photos of sunflowers around you to upload to social media. Show everyone you know how delightful they are.

  3. Visit a community garden

    Community gardens might be closed off, depending on where you reside. If you're fortunate enough to get into one, make the most of it! If you're able, walk to your local community garden for some extra exercise.

Why We Love

  1. Seed bombs

    Guerrilla garden seed bombs are clay-coated seeds mixed with soil or compost.

  2. Preparation of the soil

    It is critical to prepare the targeted plots to provide optimum growing conditions.

  3. Choice of seeds

    Plants must be self-sufficient and strong to thrive in an environment where continuous care is not available.

  4. It beautifies land

    A guerilla garden can even be validated and approved.

  5. Form of protest

    Because it is a direct response to environmental scarcity and depletion, it could be considered a form of protest.

Why We Love International Sunflower Guerilla Gardening Day

  1. It's a fantastic reason to go outside

    We all need vitamin D, yet it's so easy to just sit indoors and watch T.V. Having some plants to care for, such as sunflowers, will get you outside under the sun!

  2. It gives you some guerrilla gardening practice

    Surely, an entire holiday dedicated to guerrilla gardening must persuade you! Think of all the abandoned locations now full of gorgeous sunflowers!

  3. It contributes to environmental cleanup

    Sunflowers may absorb radioactive elements and other contaminants from the soil without causing significant harm to the plant. This implies that in locations where radiation levels have been elevated, plants like sunflowers may be used to assist in the cleanup.

International Sunflower Guerilla Gardening Day dates

2023May 1Monday
2024May 1Wednesday
2025May 1Thursday
2026May 1Friday
2027May 1Saturday
Deaf Awareness Week
Dog Anxiety Awareness Week
Hurricane Preparedness Week
Lawyer Well-Being Week
National Auctioneers Week
National Physical Education and Sport Week
Screen Free Week
Sun Awareness Week
Calan Mai
Couple Appreciation Day
CSS Reboot Day
Early May Bank Holiday
Executive Coaching Day
Frequent Flyer Day
Global Love Day
Great Lakes Awareness Day
International Doodle Dog Day
International Sunflower Guerilla Gardening Day
Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 Day
Labour and Agriculture Day
Learn to Ride a Bike Day
Lei Day
Marshall Islands Constitution Day
May Day
Melanoma Monday
National Black Barber Shop Appreciation Day
National Blessing Day
National Chocolate Parfait Day
National Infertility Survival Day
National Loyalty Day
National Mantra Day
National Mother Goose Day
National Open Farm Day
National Purebred Dog Day
National Rotate Your Beer Day
New Home Owners Day
Philippines Labor Day
Phone in Sick Day
Save The Rhino Day
School Principals' Day
Silver Star Service Banner Day
Therapeutic Massage Awareness Day
Worthy Wage Day
ALS Awareness Month
American Cheese Month
American Wetlands Month
Arthritis Awareness Month
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Awareness of Medical Orphans Month
Be Kind to Animals Month
Bealtaine Festival
Better Sleep Month
Better Speech and Hearing Month
Bladder Cancer Awareness Month
Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month
Brain Cancer Awareness Month
Building Safety Month
Celiac Disease Awareness Month
Chip Your Pet Month
Clean Air Month
Correct Posture Month
Creative Beginnings Month
Date Your Mate Month
Deck Safety Month
EDS Awareness Month
Electromagnetic Radiation Awareness Month
Family Wellness Month
Fibromyalgia Education and Awareness Month
Food Allergy Action Month
Fungal Infection Awareness Month
Gardening for Wildlife Month
Get Caught Reading Month
Gifts From The Garden Month
Global Employee Health and Fitness Month
Global Youth Traffic Safety Month
Haitian Heritage Month
Heal the Children Month
Healthy Vision Month
Hepatitis Awareness Month
Homeschool Awareness Month
Huntington's Disease Awareness Month
Indian Heritage Month
International Business Image Improvement Month
International Civility Awareness Month
International Drum Month
International Internal Audit Awareness Month
International Respect for Chickens Month
International Victorious Woman Month
Jewish American Heritage Month
Labor History Month
Latino Books Month
Leaders of Tomorrow Month
Lettuce Month
Local and Community History Month
Lung Health Awareness Month
Lupus Awareness Month
Make May Purple /Action On Stroke Month
Maternal Mental Health Month
May Measurement Month
MCS Awareness Month
Melanoma / Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention Month
Mental Health Awareness Month
Military Appreciation Month
Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
National Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month
National Anxiety Month
National Asparagus Month
National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
National Barbecue Month
National Bicycle Safety Month
National Blood Pressure Month
National Chocolate Custard Month
National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Month
National Comfort Month
National Community Action Month
National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month
National Digestive Diseases Awareness Month
National Duckling Month
National Egg Month
National Foster Care Month
National Hamburger Month
National Heritage Month
National Inventors Month
National Lyme Disease Awareness Month
National Meditation Month
National Mediterranean Diet Month
National Moving Month
National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month
National Pet Month
National Photo Month
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
National Physiotherapy Month
National Preservation Month
National Prom Graduation Safety Month
National Recommitment Month
National Salad Month
National Salsa Month
National San Architect Month
National Service Dog Eye Examination Month
National Share a Story Month
National Show Your Smile Month
National Sight-Saving Month
National Strawberry Month
National Stroke Awareness Month
National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
National Teen Self-Esteem Month
National Toxic Encephalopathy and Chemical Injury Awareness Month
National Tuberous Sclerosis Awareness Month
National Vinegar Month
National Walking Month
National Youth Traffic Safety Month
Necrotizing Fasciitis Awareness Month
Neurofibromatosis Month
Older Americans Month
Personal History Awareness Month
Pet Sitter Safety Month
Responsible Animal Guardian Month
Revise Your Work Schedule Month
Small Business Month
Speech and Hearing Awareness Month
Steelmark Month
Strike Out Strokes Month
Syringomyelia Awareness Month
Teen CEO Month
Tennis Month
Tuberous Sclerosis Awareness Month
Ultraviolet Awareness Month
Women's Health Care Month
Zombie Awareness Month

Holidays Straight to Your Inbox

Every day is a holiday!
Receive fresh holidays directly to your inbox.