Couple uses social media to share their “guerrilla gardening” techniques

Audrey J. Powers

Shalaco and Phoenix McGee have been leaving their colorful mark on the streets of San Francisco for the past 10 years. 

On their first date, they planted an aloe bush and that was the seed that inspired a job to plant indigenous wildflowers in vacant lots throughout their city. 

“We plant native pollinator seeds in neglected areas of land and it can be just a good way to make a forgotten about room, you know, full of whole of flowers,” Shalaco explained to CBS News’ Lilia Luciano. 

Shalaco runs a generation studio, and Phoenix is a landscape contractor. 

The self-professed “guerrilla gardeners” want to guidance pollinators, which have been on the drop in latest several years. The pair stated they also get a thrill from “flower bombing” neighborhoods. 

“I think men and women believe is like fun and like rebellious and it’s receiving them fired up about planting,” Shalaco claimed. 

With a quarter of a million followers on TikTok, and above five million likes, they’ve found a total bunch of passionate planters on social media. 

“We just take a crack from our computer systems that we would get a stroll at sunset and we sow indigenous seeds on our walks, we’ll neglect that we sowed a position up with seeds and then we’ll flip a corner a few months afterwards, and all of a unexpected you’ll see all of the crops that we have in our seed package,” mentioned Phoenix 

The pair stated they are all about spreading the gospel of the seeds and frequently talk to faculties and Woman Scout units about the value of pollinators.  

“They [Girl Scouts] costume up as bees and we inform them about pollinators and just the added benefits of that and just introducing the following era to this and type of obtaining them in contact with mother nature,” Shalaco said. 

“They have been so energized. We gave them all tiny shakers and then they ended up functioning all around with the shakers and dressed as bees, it was really wonderful,” Phoenix additional. 

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