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Guerrilla gardeners descend on Midtown: Can slingshots and seeds transform an ugly area?

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A trio of unsuspecting locations were no match for a camouflaged, armed militia of 50 beautification soldiers. Photo by © Todd Parker/STP Images Inc.
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One Green Street founder and green diva Sherry Eichberger Photo by © Todd Parker/STP Images Inc.
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Many original guerilla gardeners, like Michael's Cookie Jar Michael Savino (right), returned for a second round. Photo by © Todd Parker/STP Images Inc.
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Many summoned their inner Rambo. Photo by © Todd Parker/STP Images Inc.
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CultureMap is happy to report that there we no casualties along the way. Photo by © Todd Parker/STP Images Inc.
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Shawn Manderscheid Photo by © Todd Parker/STP Images Inc.
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Each participant was given a handcrafted wooden sling and nine GreenAid biodegradable cartridges filled with wildflower seeds. Photo by © Todd Parker/STP Images Inc.
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Paula Hines (right) and Sherry Eichberger Photo by © Todd Parker/STP Images Inc.
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JJ Essen's sweet vocals transformed Monica Pope's Sparrow Bar + Cookshop into a happy, al fresco reunion camp. Photo by © Todd Parker/STP Images Inc.
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Joining the transport efforts for Saturday's besiege was Pedal Party, helmed by Nate Stout (far right). Photo by © Todd Parker/STP Images Inc.
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The troops imbibed local beer, got rowdy and embraced the spirit of the operation. Photo by © Todd Parker/STP Images Inc.
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Each GI on the trenches was outfitted with a matching bandana. Photo by © Todd Parker/STP Images Inc.
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Many arrived prepared in full fighting regalia. Photo by © Todd Parker/STP Images Inc.
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Fun and games? Sure. But no one said this wouldn't be hard work. Photo by © Todd Parker/STP Images Inc.
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Midtown's unused parcels of land will never be the same. Photo by © Todd Parker/STP Images Inc.
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Back at home base, Sparrow offered light bites, Texas wine and craft beer as a respite from the campaign. Photo by © Todd Parker/STP Images Inc.
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Take that you empty, nasty lot overrun with messy weeds. A trio of unsuspecting locations were no match for a camouflaged, armed militia of 50 beautification soldiers on a mission to root seeds for prettier days ahead.

Following the successful "Guerrilla Gardening: Mission Possible I" hosted by eco-conscious boutique One Green Street two years ago, founder and green diva Sherry Eichberger thought it was time for another urban attack on Midtown's unused parcels of land. Joining the transport efforts that began at Monica Pope's Sparrow Bar + Cookshop for Saturday's besiege was Pedal Party, whose Nate Stout, call him general, rallied the troops to imbibe local beer, get rowdy and embrace the spirit of the operation.

 Each GI on the trenches was outfitted with a handcrafted wooden sling and nine GreenAid biodegradable cartridges filled with wildflowers.

En route to seed bomb tracts near Holman and Travis streets, San Jacinto and Stuart streets and Elgin and Fannin streets, spectators offered words of encouragement in spite of having no clue what the coordinated raid was all about.

Each GI on the trenches was outfitted with a matching bandana, a handcrafted wooden sling and nine GreenAid biodegradable cartridges filled with wildflower seeds suitable for the urban Houston environs.

Back at home base, Sparrow offered light bites, Texas wine and craft beer as a respite from the arduous campaign while singer/songwriter J.J. Essen's sweet vocals transformed the restaurants patio into a happy reunion camp. The Katy-native musician contributed a combination of original country songs and covers, including James Blunt's "You're Beautiful," that had guests asking, who is this handsome guy? His latest album, Full Circle, is available on iTunes.

Summoning their inner Rambo were art car maven Rebecca Bass, Shawn Manderscheid and Paula Hines, Jennifer Masters, David Wuensch, Michael Savino, Devon Kocian, Cheri Gossett and Yuliana de la Rosa.

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