China is about the size of North America, but with different species of plants. It is very diverse, from deserts in the northwest to the subtropics in the south. This lecture will consider the long history of Chinese agriculture, familiar plants that came from China and the plant hunters who found them, American plants that are common in China today, and the puns that make the Chinese particularly like certain species of plants.
Kathy Keeler, “A Wandering Botanist,” enriches and entertains with curious tales of the plant world—plants we love, plants we hate, plants that made people fortunes, and plants people searched for all over the world. She is the author of A Wandering Botanist blog, the printed Curious Stories of Familiar Plants, Notable Plants of the Foothills Trail hiking guide, Autumn in Kyoto photo book, and more than 50 technical publications on plants and ecology. Kathy retired to pursue travel and history, and she now searches the globe for stories of the plant wonders of the world. She received her Ph.D. in Genetics at University of California, Berkeley and was a Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, for 31 years. Kathy has amassed tales from hundreds of plants after traveling in over 25 countries and all 50 states.