NEW BOOK! Familiar Garden Plants

I am delighted to announce the publication of my new book, Curious Stories of Familiar Garden Plants! Garden plants have some great stories, from the Supreme Court decision that tomatoes are vegetables to eating carrots as a political statement. It is available on...

Spring Plant Walks!

Enjoy the coming of the better weather. Get outside! For an unusual, local and easy activity, take a plant walk with A Wandering Botanist. I’ll identify and tell stories about the plants we see. Small soapweed, Yucca glauca: the roots contain saponins, so they...

Chinese New Year

February 8, 2016 is Chinese New Year, beginning of the Year of the Fire Monkey. Have you wondered why the Chinese New Year starts in February and what a Fire Monkey is? These two posts of mine, on Linked In, address that. The earth goes around the sun and the moon...
More Plant Jokes

More Plant Jokes

Here are more plant jokes. The jackrabbit was having a bad hare day. What did his doe bring him? > Rabbitbrush   Photo: rubber rabbitbrush, Ericameria nauseosa, (sunflower family, Asteraceae) jackrabbit winter forage     When do you go at red and stop at green? > When...
Plant Jokes

Plant Jokes

Last week I gave a talk about the plants of Rocky Mountain National Park at the Loveland Museum/Gallery as part of the Museum/Gallery’s celebration of RMNP’s 100th year. It seems to me that public speeches that run more than half an hour ought to include humor. But I...