About Growing Weeds

Monica HemingwayHi, I’m Monica Hemingway. Welcome to Growing Weeds!!

I started Growing Weeds in October 2012 as a way to share some of the funnier (and also the more discouraging) things I’ve seen and done in gardens. I’m a garden designer, writer, and arborist in Stamford, CT who has been working with clients for over 10 years. During that time, I’ve seen it all – dead plants, overgrown jungles, all-out war over minor pests, trees turned into coat racks… You name it, either I, one of my clients, or a neighbor has done it!

After seeing the same things happening over and over again, I decided to share my experiences, and those of gardeners everywhere, by starting a community-sourced blog focused on all the things we’ve done wrong – and the lessons learned from those gardening mistakes.

So why call it Growing Weeds? Because I’ve done it! One of my first gardening attempts, when I was 12 years old, involved planting wild violets in my mother’s flower bed. I thought they were beautiful. She thought they were weeds. And over 30 years later, she’s still trying to get rid of the darn things!

We all have to start at the beginning and along the way we’ll make plenty of mistakes. But that’s one of the joys of gardening – trying new things, seeing what happens, and using that experience to improve our gardening skills. One of the things I appreciate most about fellow gardeners is their willingness to share that experience to help others avoid the same mistakes and grow a better garden.

So why don’t you share your gardening mistakes here on Growing Weeds – we’ve love to hear your story!

Happy gardening,


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