What are Leona's motives for planting in Seedfolks?

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Leona decides to become involved in the community garden as a kind of act of homage in memory of her dead grandmother. Leona's chapter begins by filling us in on her grandmother's history, and in particular how she would outlive her doctors with stubborn resistance. She would go to their...

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Leona decides to become involved in the community garden as a kind of act of homage in memory of her dead grandmother. Leona's chapter begins by filling us in on her grandmother's history, and in particular how she would outlive her doctors with stubborn resistance. She would go to their funerals and lay some goldenrod on their graves. As a result, when Leona comes back home from the grocery store, thinking about her grandmother and her feelings for her, when she sees the community garden project, she decides to plant some goldenrod in memory of her grandmother:

When I saw they had little gardens going, I said to myself, "I believe I'll plant me a patch of goldenrod right there."

Leona therefore joins in the community garden scheme out of memory of her grandmother, seeking to grow and cultivate the same plant that symbolises her grandmother's character.

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