This week’s podcast is dedicated to anthocyanins – those pigments that give plants red, blue, and purple colors. Anthocyanins are also powerful antioxidants, important visual signals for pollinators, and often deadly to insect pests. The myth of the week explains why red leaves aren’t usually a sign of phosphorus deficiency, but instead an indicator that anthocyanins can help plants survive many environmental stresses.
My interview this week is with Cass Turnbull, founder of PlantAmnesty, a Seattle organization dedicated to “ending the senseless torture and mutilation of trees and shrubs.” My son Jack took the interview photos, and Cass supplied the others from the PlantAmnesty photo archive. You’ll love the way she combines her educational message with humor!
Cass on her “throne”
One of the nonbotanical garden residents
A selection of PlantAmnesty humor