Guerrilla Gardening

Visitors to August’s Lowlands 2011 got a chance to flex their green thumbs at Premsela’s edible guerrilla gardening installation. We showed them how to make seed bombs, garden without land, make their own natural remedies and more. We joined in the guerrilla gardening movement – which consists of small actions that help to beautify neglected bits of urban space – with workshops that helped festivalgoers turn Lowlands into one big garden.

Seed bombs, an outdoor pharmacy, and groundless gardening

Guerrilla gardeners around the world throw seed bombs (clay and compost balls with flower seeds inside) on abandoned ground in a bid to design and beautify the land around them. We showed visitors how to make bombs to plant on the festival site and campground. Some people took them home to brighten their local streets and parks.

An army of festivalgoers picked up strawberry and sunflower plants from our guerrilla gardening HQ and placed them around the Lowlands site and campground. Pictures of the most original plantings were uploaded to Premsela’s Facebook page.

Visitors also learned to make remedies for festival-specific ailments like hangovers, fatigue and bellyache at Marloes Bennekom’s green pharmacy – her final exam project at the Design Academy Eindhoven.

We held a workshop to show citydwellers how to grow a garden without a garden. Participants learned all about the latest trends and tools for urban gardening on balconies and roofs. Tuin Zonder Tuin (“Gardening without a Garden”) was made possible in part by garden tools retailer De Wiltfang.


The 2011 edition of the Dutch music and culture festival Lowlands took place in the town of Biddinghuizen on the weekend of 19–21 August.   

De Wiltfang
De Wiltfang sells stylish yet practical garden tools. Functionality, sustainability and responsible use of materials are paramount. De Wiltfang has everything the critical gardener needs.

Ester van de Wiel
Premsela commissioned Ester van de Wiel to create its Lowlands guerrilla gardening programme in collaboration with students at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Van de Wiel is a public space designer who explores, maps, researchers, tests and designs public space in collaboration with others from a wide range of crafts and disciplines. 

The Amsterdam agency Featuring designed and built the installation, which was covered in edible plants that we used over the three days of the festival.

Dakboerin, designer of urban vegetable roof gardens, provided the plants for the installation.


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