Spring may be the most wonderful time of the year — according to one TV commercial for an allergy remedy. But if allergies come with the season for you, it can make this time of the year a difficult one for you. And experts are reporting this year’s allergy season is one of the worst in years with many first-time allergy sufferers reporting symptoms. An earlier than usual and lengthened pollen season are part of the problem.

And while allergy-suffering gardeners both eagerly await and dread the seasonal blooms at the same time, there is hope. We asked Linda Vater, a self-taught garden designer and content creator on YouTube and beyond and expert for Southern Living Plant Collection, to elaborate on the issue of growing a garden that won’t give you hay fever.

Lynette L. Walther is an award-winning journalist and gardener. She gardens in Camden.

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