As seen in The Denver Post
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 feedspot.com http://blog.feedspot.com/botany_blogs/
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 Amazon.com
AND 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.
August 26, Saturday. 8-10 am. Wild and Wonderful Plants of the Devil's Backbone. Devil's Backbone Open Space. Not all of our plants flower in spring. Some wait until very late in the summer to start blooming. Others start early and flower on and on. Come see! I'll name the plants and tell stories from their history and folklore. Easy short hike. Free but you must register with Larimer County Parks. (required): link.
My travel series at Loveland Public Library recommences September 12, A Wandering Botanist in Southern China , noon, Gertrude Scott room, free. Southern China is beautiful and a wonderful tourist destination;
September 16, Saturday. 8-10 am. Wild and Wonderful Plants of the Devil's Backbone. Devil's Backbone Open Space. You think because it's September nothing's happening in the wild plant community. Not at all. Come see late flowers and curious seed pods. I'll name the plants and tell stories from their history and folklore. Easy short hike. Free but you must register with Larimer County Parks. (required): link.
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
clarify technical language
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.
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.