Gardens tell stories of gardeners, eras

A bee pollinates some lavendar in Kathy Jentz's Silver Spring, Md., cottage garden on Monday, June 20, 2011. According to Jentz, editor of Washington Gardner magazine, a cottage garden is perhaps the most informal of all gardens. Flowers can bleed over into other beds and even into pathways, and it's ok. The goal, she says, is to have something in bloom all year round. Lavendar is another old-fashioned plant that grandma might have had in her own garden. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

A bee pollinates some lavendar in Kathy Jentz's Silver Spring, Md., cottage garden on Monday, June 20, 2011. According to Jentz, editor of Washington Gardner magazine, a cottage garden is perhaps the most informal of all gardens. Flowers can bleed over into other beds and even into pathways, and it's ok. The goal, she says, is to have something in bloom all year round. Lavendar is another old-fashioned plant that grandma might have had in her own garden. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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