In Seedfolks, how does Leona help the garden?

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In Seedfolks, Leona helps the garden through her intelligence and perseverance. She is appalled by the garbage that has been dumped in the "vacant" lot. In fact, there is so much garbage on the lot that Leona can't believe how anyone could call it "vacant" because it is piled high with all types of trash, even "dangerous chemicals."

Leona decides that clearing away the trash could not be accomplished through hauling it away in a wheelbarrow but, instead, by being persistent and making hours of countless phone calls. She begins by phoning local government offices and she even calls the United States government. Leona eventually discovers that the city of Cleveland owns the lot. When she gets nowhere with the City on the telephone, she decides the best way to deal with the garbage situation is by being proactive. Therefore, she takes matters into her own hands.

Leona takes a bag of stinking garbage to the Health Department. After spending useless hours on the phone, she is finally rewarded with a face to face meeting about the situation. Through her perseverance and wit, Leona gets the garbage cleared off the lot.

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Leona demonstrates what individuals can do when they feel empowered.  The citizens of Gibb Street feel they can't do anything to change their surroundings, but Leona's actions show them that they could make a change for themselves.

Leona is a great example of a idealistic realist.  She knows what she wants (to clean up the Gibb Street lot), but she also knows what she has to do to get it (sit on the phone all day).  This is best shown when she chooses to bring a bag of trash right to the office waiting room: She has found a realistic way to make her ideals known.

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