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Prairie Garden Committee Online Book Launch

Sunday Nov 13 2022 2:00 pm, Winnipeg, Online via Zoom & YouTube
NOTE: This event has already taken place. Please visit this page to see our upcoming events.

Join McNally Robinson Booksellers & The Prairie Garden Committee in celebrating the online launch of The 2023 Prairie Garden: Climate-Aware Gardening.

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on YouTube and available for viewing thereafter.

Following a brief introduction of the book by editor Evelyn Lundeen; our guest editor for this year’s edition, Dr. Danny Blair, a climatologist and professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Winnipeg, and Co-Director of the Prairie Climate Centre will speak about the ins- and outs- of climate change and what we, as home gardeners, can do to mitigate, and prepare ourselves for some of the coming changes. Following Dr. Blair’s comments; contributors Linda Dietrick, a former Prairie Garden editor, and Sandra Venton, a former guest editor; will share some information on the female gender and bug phobias, and peonies, respectively.

Climate change is a reality that we; as humans living and sharing our Earth with a multitude of winged, swimming, crawling and many other creatures; can successfully face and find solutions for so we can continue to enjoy bountiful vegetables gardens and fragrant beds of flowering perennials and annuals. The Prairie Garden is aimed at gardeners of all skill levels who live in the short-season gardening zones of Canada and the US. This year’s edition contains 34 articles featuring climate change as the main focus and 21 that deal with a variety of diverse gardening topics.

Guest editor Danny Blair is a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Winnipeg, where he has been teaching courses related to weather and climate for over 35 years. He is also Co-Director of the university's Prairie Climate Centre, whose online Climate Atlas of Canada provides Canadians with state-of-the-art information about how climate change is likely to affect their local climates. Dr. Blair's mission is to convince all Canadians that climate change is an exceptionally important issue that requires our full attention. His favourite time of the year is the tomato-growing season.


The Prairie Garden

- The Prairie Garden Committee

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As gardeners, we care. We care for our bountiful vegetable gardens. We care for our beautiful perennial flower beds and the aromatic herbs that we grow. We care about the fruit bushes and trees in our realm; along with the birds, and other creatures that share our garden space. That essential element of care in us also extends into caring for the Earth, which is particularly important in this time of climate change. So how can gardeners help care for the planet? The first step is to be informed. We need to ask ourselves what exactly is climate change? How will this affect my gardening practices? As our guest editor for this year, we invited Dr. Danny Blair to join us. Dr. Blair is a co-director of the Prairie Climate Centre and is a professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Winnipeg where his area of expertise is climatology. His research looks at climate change with a particular focus on the Prairie Provinces. Dr. Blair and a number of his colleagues as well as several of our other authors provide information that will help you understand climate change, how it is affecting us now and how it will continue to affect our practices in home gardening in the future. Once we know what climate change is all about, step two is how can we help? There is much that home gardeners can do to adapt their gardening practices in the face of the changing climate. Read about the use of native and drought-resistant plants, water management; composting, and the importance of healthy soil. Discover how to reduce your carbon footprint by using less plastic, planting more trees and using mulch. And, as always, whether you are a newcomer or a veteran gardener, there are also articles of general interest to all who garden in our short-season planting zones.