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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