33 minutes | May 30th 2018

How to Make a Garden of Memories

Episode Details

 

Air date: May 29, 2018

Guest: Rachel

Runtime: 32 minutes, 35 seconds

Summary: In the 20th episode, Rachel comes back for her third visit to the podcast to talk about the garden she has been growing for the past 6 years. But, as she explains, the garden is far older and more diverse that it appears.

Listen in as she explains why her garden is so special and what it brings to her life.

Links of Interest: 

The American Rhododendron Society
Black Parrot Tulips
Refurbishing Wicker
Black Oil Sunflower Seeds

What I Made This Week:

From the transcript: “And now I’d like to tell you about something I made this week. I made an old wicker patio set look brand new. Last summer, someone had set out a set of wicker furniture on the road near my house. It wasn’t in great shape, but I was looking for furniture to put out on my porch and I couldn’t argue with the price. I’ve never restored a piece of furniture before, so a few weeks ago, I began researching wicker restoration. I bought new rattan to replace the pieces that had fallen off or been damaged. I washed and deglossed all of the pieces, repaired the various areas that needed mending, and put on a new coat of bright sea foam spray paint. I absolutely love the result and am glad to be able to say that I’ve restored a wicker furniture set.”

Episode Transcript  Introduction

Hello and welcome to “How to Make a Memory,” the show that explores the items we make for one another and how they impact our relationships. My name is Jen Tierney and this week Rachel makes her third appearance on the podcast to talk about her garden. In many ways, it looks like a fairly average garden. But, the story behind its creation and the role that it plays in Rachel’s life prove that it is anything but ordinary.

Rachel has a practical and very present approach to living. It’s one of the things that makes her such a good friend. This frame of mind allows her to provide great perspective to me and the other young parents that we know. You’ll get to hear some of that in the way she talks about her garden and the space that she has created for her family and friends to play, relax, and be together in.

Conversation

[Transcript forthcoming]

Conclusion

I loved this conversation with Rachel. Like many such chats, it started off being about a project or craft but ended up giving me some more serious things to consider. What sort of childhood do I want to provide to my children? How can I provide them with opportunities to connect with the world around them, especially in their own back yard? Am I setting realistic expectations for myself and what my life looks like today?

My own garden has certainly improved since I met Rachel. And the origins of the plants in it now extend far beyond our local garden center. I love that my garden has become its own collection of stories that I can tell my children as they grow up surrounded by it.

And now I’d like to tell you about something I made this week. I made an old wicker patio set look brand new. Last summer, someone had set out a set of wicker furniture on the road near my house. It wasn’t in great shape, but I was looking for furniture to put out on my porch and I couldn’t argue with the price. I’ve never restored a piece of furniture before, so a few weeks ago, I began researching wicker restoration. I bought new rattan to replace the pieces that had fallen off or been damaged. I washed and deglossed all of the pieces, repaired the various areas that needed mending, and put on a new coat of bright sea foam spray paint. I absolutely love the result and am glad to be able to say that I’ve restored a wicker furniture set.

Before I wrap up, I have one last thing to share about the show. In a few months, it will be a year since I began making this podcast, and I’ve decided to move into a Season format. So the next episode, which will air in two weeks, will be the final episode of Season 1. Then I’ll be taking off a few months to line up guests, record some new episodes, and enjoy the summer months. Then I’ll be back with Season 2 in the fall!

Well, that brings us to the end of this week’s episode. Thank you to Rachel for being on for a third time and cementing herself as a real fan favorite in the process. Find show notes and other extras over at htmamcast.com. “How to Make a Memory” also has a page on Facebook. The show’s Twitter handle is @How2MakeAMemory with the number 2. And on Instagram @howtomakeamemory. If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please consider heading over to iTunes to rate, review, and subscribe. “How to Make a Memory” is a member of The Geekend Legion podcast network. Our logo is by Becky Carpenter, our music is by Chuck Salamone, we get system admin support from Greg Thole. Now, go make something for someone you love.