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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

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.

Now you can share my love of plants both in-person and online.

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 at the Local Author Showcase Nov. 12 and on

NEW BOOK: Curious Stories of Familiar Garden Plants by Kathy Keeler, A Wandering Botanist -  available on  or at the Local Author Showcase Nov . 12. Things you might not know about ordinary garden plants.


November 9, Wednesday, noon. A Wandering Botanist in Kauai Hawaii. Loveland Public Library. Gertrude Scott room. Free. Culture and history with emphasis on the plants of this beautiful island.

November 12, Saturday, 1:30-4:30. Meet me at 2nd Annual Local Author Showcase. Loveland Public Library. link

December 4,  Sunday, 2 pm. Loveland Lights Celebration. Holiday Plants. Loveland Public Library. Gertrude Scott room. Free. Ever wonder why we celebrate the holidays with poinsettias and holly? This presentation describes those traditions and more.

December 14, Wednesday, noon. A Wandering Botanist in Norway. Loveland Public Library. Gertrude Scott room. Free. Fjords, vikings and North Sea oil, Norway is a fascinating place. The talk touches the highlights of visiting Norway including the plants.

January 14, Tuesday, noon. A Wandering Botanist in Baja California, Mexico. Loveland Public Library. Gertrude Scott room. Free. The travel series moves to Tuesday for the spring. Baja California is just a short airplane flight away but one of the most exotic ecosystems on the continent. The talk focuses on the marvelous biology of this area.

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Curious Stories of Familiar Garden Plants -see more - for sale at

Two illustrated essays, A Wandering Botanist in Northern China and A Wandering Botanist in Southern China. They feature landscape and plants.
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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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