Lizabeth was laying under a tree when a couple of her friends came over asking if she wanted to go somewhere. The group decided to go over to Miss Lotties house because "annoying miss Lottie was always fun."
Transformation (Falling action)
Lizabeth was hesitant at first debating whether she should participate in destroying the flowers or not. She ended up joining in with her friends, but after the group destroyed the flowers; Lizabeth was ashamed she participated in such an act.
Lizabeth went to bed that night thinking about what she did early that day. The sound of her parents fighting woke her up in the middle of the night. She found out that her mother supported the family and not her dad, who was a "strong man." She realized her world was different than the world she thought she knew.
Lizabeth ran to Miss Lottie's house and started pulling out her Marigolds. Miss Lottie watched as the protagonist destroyed her garden. The protagonist looked back on that moment and realized it "marked the end of her innocence."
Lizabeth left her old, rundown town but still recalls that day in her childhood. She too has "planted Marigolds" at her house.
People can always find the positive things even in difficult situations. Lizabeth realized that the reason why Miss Lottie planted Marigolds in her yard was to bring a little sunshine in a place of darkness.