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Growing a Memory

When Thomas Fuller, an 18th century British scholar, wrote, “many things grow in the garden that were never sown there,” I doubt he included memories in his harvest. But, memories grow as deep as family roots, particularly in the gardens that preserve our ancestors’ plants and flowers. Memory—or heirloom—gardens are an under-cultivated branch of genealogy. While faded photos, delicate wedding dresses and tarnished medals are the stuff preservationists are made of, it’s the flowers planted by ancestral hands that bring…

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