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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.

 NEW BOOK: Curious Stories of Familiar Garden Plants by Kathy Keeler, A Wandering Botanist - now available on


August 28, Sunday, 8-10 am. Plant walk .Devil's Backbone Open Space. Join me on a nature walk! I'll both identify and tell stories about the plants we see. Did you know small soapweed (Yucca glauca) is called that because the roots have grease-cutting saponins? The walk is free but you must register with Larimer County Parks (required): link.

September 25, Sunday, 8-10 am. Fall Plant Walk .Devil's Backbone Open Space. Walk Devil's Backbone Nature Trail with me, looking at the plants. There are late fall flowers and fascinating fruits. I'll identify the plants and tell you something about them. Did you know small soapweed (Yucca glauca)'s sharp leaves can be used to improvise a needle and thread? The walk is free but you must register with Larimer County Parks (required): link.

October 12, Wednesday, noon. A Wandering Botanist in Japan. Loveland Public Library. Gertrude Scott room. Free. The first of a fall travel series. Culture and history with emphasis on the plants.

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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.

IT'S SPRING! looking for something unusual, easy and nearby to do of an afternoon? Hire me to lead you on a plant walk. I'll tell you stories about the plants we see, whether it is Devil's Backbone Open Space, Cathy Fromme Prairie, Horsetooth Mountain Park, the Foothills Trail on Route 34, Coyote Ridge or other Larimer County natural areas.

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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