Newsday garden columnist Jessica Damiano spent an afternoon with celebrity chef Ina Garten at her East Hampton home, talking about life and gardens.

Credit: Newsday, 2009 / Audrey C. Tiernan

Chives. Perennial. Flowers and stems are used in salads and whenever an onionlike flavor is desired. Repels aphids and Japanese beetles, protecting grapes, roses, carrots and tomatoes.

Credit: Photo by Audrey C. Tiernan

Ina Garten, the Food Network's Barefoot Contessa, stands in her East Hampton garden, with her 3,500-square-foot, shingle-style home behind her.


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