Collecting Seeds at 42nd Street

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One of my favorite questions that students ask is, “Why are their dead flowers in the garden?”

Ahh, to the untrained eye, they are dead flowers; but to seed collectors, these “dead flowers” hold a wealth of specimens inside. They know that the whole purpose of flowers–why they smell so alluring and look so striking–is to attract pollinators so that they can ultimate produce seeds. Beautiful petals fall away and the flower shrivels, but the promise of new life lies within.

At 42nd Street, students have a page in their gardening journals dedicated to seeds. After hearing a description of each plant, students set off to the garden to look for specific seeds. Last week, they found and collected seeds from Sudan grass. This week, they scavenged for mustard and milkweed seeds.

Christine Lai

Christine Lai is a UCCE Master Gardener who joined Enrich LA in 2016. She began gardening in California in 2013 when she removed her parents' lawn and replaced it with water wise landscaping. Today, her interests have widened to include edible and native plant gardening. She keeps a worm bin and misses the open compost pile in her old home terribly.

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