Edmonds in Bloom featured supporter: Bountiful Home — thriving then and now

First, a little history of Bountiful Home and Nursery: As a 14-year-old, Todd Waddell sat on the back porch under a sprawling Cecil Brunner rose playing with crickets.  His mother was inside selling her Nigella pods to Joan Searle, fondly known at that time in Edmonds as “The Weed Lady.” As the teenager waited, overlooking the herbs and flowers, little did he imagine that 30 years later he would return – this time as gardener and restorer of The Weed Lady.

For decades the Weed Lady, a small shop located at 122 4th Ave. S., was famed for growing and selling dried herbs and flowers in Edmonds. Waddell kept in touch with Searle as he finished school, worked at Nordstrom, and at Ravenna Gardens. In 2006, he asked his 77-year-old friend to keep her eyes open for an opportunity, as he hoped to start his own business in Edmonds. She invited him to lunch and they chatted about design, gardens and life. By the end of their visit, she felt compelled to offer Todd the business. The transition of The Weed Lady to Bountiful Home became official in 2007.

Fast forward 14 years to 2021. While the Weed Lady specialized in herbs and flowers for drying and creating arrangements, Waddell has focused on home décor.  Visitors to Bountiful Home are treated to an eclectic collection of cozy vignettes. A treat for the senses, corner and table themes range from whimsical to vintage, to botanical to old world décor.  Throughout the store, be it classic books, vintage glass, a charming pillow or botanic cards and artwork, shoppers can expect to be inspired.

Heading out to the nursery, the once-tousled herb gardens in the back yard now coax customers along tidy pathways. Brightly colored beds surround tables of nursery plants and garden accessories. Waddell describes it as ‘wild and wonderful’. He is not afraid of color. Chartreuse is a recurring accent in the plant selection, partnered with blues, purples and oranges. Inspired by the borders, browsing the backyard nursery becomes an opportunity to begin painting one’s own backyard canvas.

One thing that hasn’t changed since the days of the Weed Lady is the climbing Cecil Brunner rose that continues to greet shoppers as they enter the nursery.   Another constant is Waddell’s connection with the Edmonds community. For years, Bountiful Home has been one of a handful of merchants supporting Edmonds in Bloom by selling tickets to the annual Garden Tour. This year is no different, and tickets to the July 18 event can be purchased there.

Visit Edmondsinbloom.com for more information on the Garden Tour or Edmonds in Bloom summer activities.

– By Carol Murray, Edmonds in Bloom president

 

 

 

 

  1. Love this little shop which feels cozy as a home with so many creative ideas and items not found elsewhere. Oh, and the plants galore. Todd is a warm and fun fellow who makes you feel at home in his shop. Visit him…you’ll love it.

  2. I always find interesting & unique gifts here. And Todd is a delightful ‘host’ for his wide ranging inventory.

  3. Definitely one of the best gems in Edmonds! Todd is wonderful, always welcoming and engaging! The charming shop is filled with such interesting finds in every nook and cranny. I enjoyed the Weed Lady and he has amazingly made the shop even better!

    1. Bountiful Home is a treasure! I grew up going to the weed lady and now my girls have had that same experience going to Bountiful Home. This is the place to go if you are looking for a special gift or a special treat for yourself. Todd is wonderfully creative and puts all of his creativity into his shop and nursery. Be sure to stop by and take a look.

  4. I love Todd’s shop. His plants are lovely and hardy. Plus he always has such interesting items in his store. My favorite is the entryway. It’s the most interesting, fun, and ever changing decor.

  5. I love this quaint store in our back yard and glad to see it has survived the pandemic. Thank you for providing such a peaceful and whimsical environment.

  6. You are right, Sherry, it does feel like Todd is a great host, welcoming all of us into his “home”. He is very creative with his sense of display. It makes all of the merchandise look quite tempting!

    If you haven’t discovered Bountiful Home, go there soon. It’s a wonderful shop.

  7. Thank you, Carol, for a very interesting and informtive article about one of my favorite people, Todd Waddell. And Todd, thank you for your efforts toward making my home town even more beautiful. I love the shop, and I really appreciate Todd’s sense of style and the unique things he always showcases there. Every plant I have purchased at Bountiful Home has grown and flourished, and the backyard garden is delightful. Like Todd always says, it gives joy!

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