Pass-along plants keep memories alive. “One of my mischievous buddies refused to reveal a plant’s identity, and we had a good laugh when I discovered it was an aster that grew 8 feet tall!” Betsy recalls. The plant was later relocated to a more appropriate spot. Shared advice is meaningful too. A volunteer at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Betsy grows many native plants that are offered at the Gardens’ plant sales. “I enjoy sharing my personal experiences with customers,” she says. And there’s no substitute for first-hand advice.