Friday, March 12, 2010

My Friend the Weed Lady


Many of you know the story and the iconic woman behind the business and the house. Thirty five years ago, Joan Searle was ahead of her time, making a business off gleaning and gathering weeds then spinning them into wondrous wares to sell and to be cherished for decades to come. Daily I am reminded that Bountiful Home and Nursery exists in the shadow of this creative woman. It was here, at the shop, when I was 14 yrs. old that I learned to appreciate the beauties of nature, the sound of trickling water and the flicker of crickets legs on the porch. This shop was a delight to the eyes and senses.

Joanie, as I call her today, is still a favorite in the shop, proudly perched on the window seat sipping tea or dispensing kind words to the shoppers who are surprised to see her. To me she is a friend and teacher, a creative mind and heart, an artist, decorator, gardener and lover of birds. She is an example I enjoy on a regular basis...Lucky me! So today, before the shop opens and I get wrapped into the business of the day.....I'd like to say, " Thank you" to Joanie.... my friend. Isn't she lovely?

5 comments:

  1. A lovely post. The Weed Lady started something wonderful! And now you get to keep it alive.

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  2. Love Joanie! She was definitely ahead of her time...That little house is still a delight to visit. Thanks for keeping the gardener in all of us inspired, Todd!

    Lisa

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  3. She even dressed "Laura Ashley" style...all natural fibers and beautiful....

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  4. I use to come with my oldest sister at minimum once a month. I just finished walking around as I couldn't remember where it was. As I walked by the house looked so familiar. Went on line and asked where it was and found you. Such great memories. I don't live close, so I think I will make a special effort to bring my big sis here and have lunch this summer and surprise her.

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  5. I use to come with my oldest sister at minimum once a month. I just finished walking around as I couldn't remember where it was. As I walked by the house looked so familiar. Went on line and asked where it was and found you. Such great memories. I don't live close, so I think I will make a special effort to bring my big sis here and have lunch this summer and surprise her.

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