In the beginning of the story, Lizabeth is immature and childish. She joins her brother and friends in throwing stones at Miss Lottie and her marigold garden. On page 216, the text states "'Let's go over to Miss Lottie's.' The idea caught on at once, for annoying Miss Lottie was always fun."
In the middle of the story, Lizabeth is transitioning more into an adult. She hears her parents having an upset conversation and she became bewildered because she heard her father crying and her mother comforting him. On page 221, the text states, "My mother, who was small and soft, was now the strength of the family; my father, who was the rock on which the family had been built, was sobbing like the tiniest child."
Near the end of the story, Lizabeth destroys the marigolds in a moment of impulsiveness. Ms. Lottie walks out and sees her destroyed marigold garden, but instead of looking angry, Ms. Lottie only looked weary and sad. It is that moment that Lizabeth grows up and realizes that Ms. Lottie is only a woman trying to find happiness in her life through her marigold garden. Page 223 states, “The witch was no longer a witch but only a broken old woman who had dared to create beauty in the midst of ugliness and sterility.”