She Grows Wild is a website & blog run by Louise Smith, which focuses on exploring & sharing ways in which gardening has provided her with enjoyment, knowledge & wellbeing. Louise's aim is to provide an online space for a community of emerging green-thumbs. She Grows Wild is there to help encourage, inspire and navigate a new generation of people towards the common goal of working with nature, living better and enjoying the outdoors.
To find out more about the origins of She Grows Wild, read Louise' story below.
In 2016, I was suffering from PTSD & extreme anxiety which left me feeling deeply depressed. Somewhere in the midst of dealing with frequent night terrors & panic attacks I re-lived a favourite childhood memory of mine, which bought me great joy. The memory was of when I used to go into the garden & harvest potatoes with my Grandad, for my gran to cook for dinner. It was the first time I felt peace in months & although it didn’t last long, it gave me an idea - to start growing my own vegetable garden and so the next day my journey began..
Through gardening, I found a sense of purpose which overnight gave my life meaning. I didn’t know how to nourish and love myself, but I was able to love and care for my plants. Within a few months my greenhouse was overflowing with every shade of green and through them, I was in fact taking much better care of myself.
There are so many metaphors in nature that run true to our lives, but for me the process of watching something grow has taught me that even after the darkest of circumstances, I can bloom again.
- Louise -