Shalaco and Phoenix McGee have left their colorful mark on the streets of San Francisco over the past decade.
On their first date, they planted an aloe bush and it was the seed that inspired a project to plant native wildflowers in vacant lots across their town.
“We plant native pollinator seeds in neglected areas of land and it’s just a beautiful way to create a forgotten space, you know, full of flowers,” Shalaco told CBS News’ Lilia Luciano.
Shalaco runs a production studio and Phoenix is a landscape contractor.
The self-proclaimed “guerrilla gardeners” want to support pollinators, which have been in decline for some years. The couple said they also felt a chill in the “flower-bombed” neighborhoods.
“I think people think it’s fun and rebellious and it gets them excited about planting,” Shalaco said.
With a quarter of a million followers on TikTok and more than five million likes, they’ve discovered a whole host of avid planters on social media.
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“We take a break from our computers that we would take a walk at sunset and we sow native seeds on our walks, we’ll forget we sowed a place with seeds and then we’ll turn a corner three months later, and all of a sudden you’ll see all the plants we have in our seed kit,” Phoenix said.
The couple said it was about spreading the gospel of seeds and frequently speaking to schools and Girl Scout units about the importance of pollinators.
“They [Girl Scouts] dress up as bees and we tell them about pollinators and the benefits of that and we just introduce the next generation to that and kind of connect them with nature,” Shalaco said.
“They were so excited. We gave them all little shakers and then they ran around with the shakers and dressed up as bees, it was really beautiful,” Phoenix added.
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