The shared love of gardening between father and son on Netflix
On a recent Wednesday afternoon, Jimmy Williams sat in a folding chair in the shade of an awning at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Plastic pallets have been placed in front of him containing dozens of jars of edible plants he grows at Logan’s Gardens, his Silver Lake nursery.
As customers knelt to look at the offerings, including peppers, radishes, basil, oregano, chives and lime, one person approached the canopy and asked Williams for his name. .
The 79-year-old enthusiastically rushed to give her a master class in gardening to help her solve her problem growing strawberries in her greenhouse.
“This is our main goal, to provide people with the right information. We have to tell them how to grow them, the right size pot, when to water them and not to water them. A lot of people just don’t know, so it’s our job to tell them, ”Williams said.
He has run the nursery for about two decades and has always shared his knowledge of plants. One of his first students was his son, Logan Williams, 35, the namesake of the family business. And now the pair can reach a wider audience after appearing on a new Netflix show hosted by a Storage Titan.
Logan’s Gardens is the focus of the first episode of “Sparking Joy,” a new series from organization guru Marie Kondo, who made a name for herself for her skills at decluttering people’s homes on her previous Netflix show. ” Tidying Up “.
But in its new three-part series, which begins airing on August 31, Kondo is focusing on businesses by helping them organize their workspaces and tidy up their lives.
“Logan’s Gardens was a really fun project. I love their story because it is a family business and it was interesting to tidy up for a company that focuses so much on outdoor spaces as it does indoor spaces. The importance of tidying up inside and out is a great connection viewers can apply in their own lives, ”Kondo wrote in an email interview.
Soil flowing through the veins
Logan’s Gardens is more than a family business, it’s a generational legacy. The Williams family is descended from the Gullah people. Jimmy and Logan Williams said the Gullah are from farming communities in West Africa and are known for their farming skills and the belief that tillage is essential for the soul.
“They were brought here because of their skills as farmers and they were forced to work for free here for hundreds of years in America and we are the last two in our family to participate,” said Logan Williams.
Logan’s Gardens sells all kinds of organic edible plants and also specializes in designing, installing and helping people who maintain edible gardens.
It all started when Jimmy Williams, who learned to garden from his grandmother at the age of three, began selling plants picked in the yard of his home in Larchmont at farmers’ markets.
For Logan Williams, his lessons also began early in life.
“It wasn’t about getting into gardening for me,” said Logan Williams, who remembers with a chuckle his father called him out to garden when he was about 5 years old.
He admitted that, like most children, he didn’t share his father’s passion at first.
But soon after they started selling their plants at farmers’ markets, Logan Williams finally started showing up.
“I was probably in my early twenties when I started to see the value of it,” he said.
It was then that he started to look a lot like his father too.
“One day I was at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market and I left and it was very crowded when I came back and thought I was listening to myself. The whole time he was collecting information and talking to people and I had no idea, ”said Jimmy Williams.
And Logan Williams continues to reflect his father’s passion when he talks about their mutual love of gardening.
“My favorite thing about what we do is really seeing people get our plants, make them part of their families, into their family’s life,” he said. “And seeing kids bring me a flower they’ve grown or showing me pictures of their strawberries at home is the most heartwarming and touching part of what I do,” he said.
And for Jimmy, working with his son means being fulfilling by growing food.
“This is the best. For your kid to work with you and start learning more, the real pleasure for me is to watch him develop and now he loves it,” Logan said.
Roots of Joy
Much of this dynamic father-son, and their beautiful, lush nursery in Silver Lake, is captured in the first episode of “Sparking Joy,” where Kondo helps them organize their garden a bit more.
She doesn’t help as much with the plants, however, since both father and son take care of it. Instead, Kondo’s main focus is on a little clutter that they’ve built up in storage over the years.
Through a translator, the host of Japanese descent asks them to go through various storage boxes and keep the items that bring them joy, and get rid of those that do not bring them joy.
“I think you can see the level of respect they have for each other on the show, and it’s so admirable. Every parent-child relationship has its own unique complexities, and seeing a father and son who can work together and see how their business strengthens their bond is a testament to their commitment to family, ”Kondo wrote in the email.
For Logan Williams, the filming experience was pretty cool.
“I really enjoyed it. I don’t know how much my dad liked sorting and rummaging and stuff, that’s not what my dad usually likes to do, ”he said.
The son knows his father well.
“It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. It’s great to be a part of these shows but it was difficult. It was long days and you had to do stuff over and over again. The end result is awesome and you’re lucky to be on one of these shows, ”said Jimmy Williams.
“It’s much more difficult than gardening,” he added with a laugh.
But at the Farmers Market, where Jimmy Williams is in much more familiar territory, he continued to give advice to Vivian Nelson, a 75-year-old Venice resident, who was having trouble with her strawberries.
He asked her about the soil she uses, the size of her pot, the space plants need to grow and where she grows them.
Ultimately, he determined that she needed to get them out of her greenhouse, get bigger and deeper pots, and keep an eye out for squirrels and rodents who might be looking for a snack.
“He gave me some information that I didn’t know, so I’m very happy, and I found Alpine strawberries here and I can’t find Alpine strawberries in other nurseries so I’m very excited. “she said before buying some of the strawberries.
Jimmy Williams then picked up a watering can, watered some of his plants, and returned to the canopy ready for the next customer to come ask him a gardening question.
“The older I get, the more I like it. I don’t know why but I just like it. But if you think about it, growing food might be the most spiritual thing you do because if you take it out, you’re done, ”he said.
How to Watch: “Sparking Joy” is now available on Netflix