Sep 8th, 2014

Love in a Puff: Volunteering in the Children’s Garden

Volunteers examining a puff of seeds on the "love-in-a-puff" plant.

Youth volunteers examining a puff of seeds on the love in a puff plant.

love in a puff

As you can see in the picture, matures seeds have a perfect white heart atop a black spherical seed.

Youth Volunteers in the Children’s Garden collect Cardiospermum halicacabum (also known as love in a puff, balloon vine, or heartseed) and package for the Fall Plant Sale. The plant is an annual vine with small green puff balls that can be popped to collect the seeds.

Volunteers & Cardiospermum halicacabum

Cardiospermum halicacabum (also known as Love in a Puff, Balloon Vine, or Heartseed)

Nicki Apostolow is the Youth Programs Developer at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden where she runs youth volunteer programs, including Service Learning, Summer Programs, Vocational Programs & Internships.

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