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Widely-traveled plant expert, Kathy Keeler searches the globe for stories of the plant wonders of the world

Travel Notes from Kathy Keeler: A Wandering Botanist

Plants have stories to tell. Their stories color and enrich our planet and elicit poetry in humans. 

Plants caution us, warn us, teach us, alarm us, feed us, comfort us, humor us, heal us and inform us of the earth’s changes and transformations.

They mirror to us who we are and what kind of custodians we are to our homes, communities and land.

Plant stories have enthralled me for as long as I can remember and I am privileged to live a life where I can search them out and share them.

As a former Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, my specialties range from ant-plant interactions to grass genetics to studies of prairie plants.

Retired, I now pursue travel and history, endlessly fascinated by different places and times.

And, wherever I go, I am irresistibly drawn to plants.

On this website and on my blog  you can gain a deeper enjoyment of the natural world and discover information about plants that will delight and enchant you. In February 2017 my blog was chosen one of 50 Best Blogs for Botanists and Plant Scientists by


Coming June  2017: Notable Northern Colorado Plants. 15 Plants Worth Knowing. Available from Amazon. 

NOW AVAILABLE: Curious Stories of Familiar Plants from Around the World by Kathy Keeler, A Wandering Botanist. Ordinary plants were drawn from around the world. These are some of their stories. Available from me  and on

AND Curious Stories of Familiar Garden Plants by Kathy Keeler, A Wandering Botanist -  available on  or from me. Things you might not know about ordinary garden plants.


June 17, Saturday 9-11 am. Wild and Wonderful Plants of the Foothills. Pinewood Reservoir. I'll point out and tell stories about the plants we see. Hike will begin at Pinewood's Blue Mountain Trailhead parking lot. Southwest of Loveland off County Road 18E/Pole Hill Road. Easy hike. Free but you must register with Larimer County Parks. link. Add a few minutes to buy a park day pass at Carter Lake if you don't have one.

June 22-25 attending Garden Bloggers Fling, Washington, D.C.

June 26-28 attending Botanical Society of America meeting, Fort Worth, Texas.

July 19 Wednesday 5-7 pm. How to Stop Worrying and Enjoy Plant Families and Names Yampa River Botanic Park, Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Free. An exploration/demo/ lecture on plant names and families, what they mean, why they change and how to use them without stress.

see also upcoming events page


If you are looking for someone who can

           relate the history of particular plants

           describe plant highlights of travel destinations

           untangle contradictions

           clarify technical language

           and more,

I am happy to answer your questions, talk about plant uses, history or geography, and lead walking tours of interesting plants.

Contact Me to find out out more about enriching your next event, meeting, tour or cruise with an adventure into the natural wonders of the plant world.

Kathy Keeler
 A Wandering Botanist

P.S.  As a special gift to my readers, I am giving a copy of my beautiful travel e-book: Autumn in Kyoto.

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