Sep 8th, 2014

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

By Nicki, Youth Programs Developer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden


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

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.


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 (coming up Sept. 19-20). 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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