Articles by Kathy Keeler, A Wandering Botanist

A former Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, KathyÔÇÖ specialties range from studies of prairie plants to grass genetics to ant-plant interactions. After retirement, Kathy traveled extensively. Wherever her travels have taken her, she sees the plants first and then notices the monuments.

More quietly retired now, Kathy gardens. A hobby she has enjoyed since childhood, in states across North America. She loves the differences between plants and recognizing the factors and growing conditions each requires.

Writing for Park Seed, Jackson & Perkins, and Wayside Gardens lets Kathy describe her deep enjoyment of the natural world and share information about plants that will assist and enchant you. Since February 2017 KathyÔÇÖs blog, A Wandering Botanist, has been listed as one of 50 Best Blogs for Botanists and Plant Scientists by feedspot.com.
Ground Cover and Low Maintenance Perennials
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Ground Cover and Low Maintenance Perennials

Our Wandering Botanist lists low maintenance plants for effortless gardening.

Water-Loving Plants for Damp Areas
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Water-Loving Plants for Damp Areas

Discover top plants that thrive in damp conditions and transform your garden's moist areas into lush, thriving landscapes.

What to Plant in That Small Space & Container Garden Tips
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What to Plant in That Small Space & Container Garden Tips

Plant recommendations for small spaces.

Planting for Year-Round Interest in the Garden
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Planting for Year-Round Interest in the Garden

A few great tree, shrub, grass, and plant choices for a landscape and garden with year-round interest. 

What Are the Differences Between Catnip and Catmint?
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What Are the Differences Between Catnip and Catmint?

For cats, grow catnip. As beautiful garden flowers, grow catmint.

Guide to Growing Dahlias in Your Garden
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Guide to Growing Dahlias in Your Garden

Grow dahlias for long-lasting, colorful blooms for your containers, beds, and cut flowers.

Native Redbud Trees are Fast-Growing
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Native Redbud Trees are Fast-Growing

Redbud (Cercis) are known for their flowers but with their unique foliage and fall colors, their beauty is renewed each season.

Remember Nature's Wildflowers When Planning Your Garden
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Remember Nature's Wildflowers When Planning Your Garden

Wildflowers are native to a specific area and so are more hardy, adaptable, and tenacious in your flower garden.

Remembrance Poppies to Honor Veterans
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Remembrance Poppies to Honor Veterans

How did poppy flowers come to be symbols of remembrance for veterans? Learn the history of these flowers of honor. 

The Science of Plant Colors
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The Science of Plant Colors

In the science of plant colors, there are three elements that contribute to the pigment of flowers and foliage.

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