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

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 feedspot.com.


New:  NoCo Notables.

15 Northern Colorado Plants Worth Knowing. Available from Amazon.

Enhance your hike with stories of the conspicuous wild plants.

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 Amazon.com

Curious Stories of Familiar Garden Plants by Kathy Keeler, A Wandering Botanist

Available on Amazon.com  or from me. Things you might not know about ordinary garden plants.


May 8, Tuesday. A Wandering Botanist in Costa Rica

Loveland Public Library, Noon, Gertrude Scott Room, free. Costa Rica is a small country with a diversity of tropical ecosystems. This talk will highlight Costa Rica a wonderful place to discover the amazing tropics.

The travel series at Loveland Public Library

…continues in fall 2018, second Tuesdays, details to follow later in the summer .

June 9, Saturday Plant Walk – Devil’s Backbone Open Space

8-10 am. Free but you must register with Larimer County Natural Resources.  Come look for spring wildflowers with me and hear tales of their natural history, uses and folklore. Easy slow walk but the trail is uneven.

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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