Launch of Planted: Stories From Manitoba’s Natural World

It’s been a while since I’ve been here. But I’m here to tell you a bit about what I’ve been up to.

For the past year, I’ve been planning, researching, and writing a creative non-fiction book called Planted: Stories From Manitoba’s Natural World. And now, I can finally share it with you.

I’m having a launch on March 2 at McNally Robinson Grant Park at 7 p.m. There’s going to be a seed swap, I’ll read a passage from the book, and Laura Reeves and John Morgan will be on a panel discussion about Manitoba plants and fungi.

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Falling for fall

With cooler days come warmer colours.

In fall, leaves fall.

But why?

Leaves have pigments. Pigments give plants colour. Chlorophyll is one of these pigments. Chlorophyll reflects green light, meaning you see green.

Plants produce energy through photosynthesis, a process that happens in leaves. The chlorophyll in leaves absorbs sunlight. Sunlight is used in a reaction with water and carbon dioxide to produce sugar. Sugar, the plant’s food, is transported to the rest of the plant.

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Labrador tea time

Labrador tea (also known as Hudson’s Bay tea, marsh tea, and swamp tea) is a broad-leaf evergreen plant, meaning it keeps its leaves all year. You can find Labrador tea in Manitoba’s boreal forest.

I was in Whiteshell Provincial Park for Thanksgiving last weekend, and I decided to go on a Labrador tea hunt in the area (not in the park, since you can’t pick plants from a provincial park).

Why was I interested in finding this plant? Like the name suggests, you can brew tea from its leaves. I’ve had a tea blend with black and Labrador tea, but wanted to try Labrador tea on its own.

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