January - A Wandering Botanist in Baja California - The Gulf of California, in western Mexico, lies amid some of the driest places in North and Central America. These deserts are very old, so they are home to many strange, drought-adapted plants. The blue waters of the Gulf host marvelous sea life, from whales to manta rays. This talk highlights the biology of this exotic location a short airplane flight away.
February - A Wandering Botanist in Singapore - Singapore is a city-state, a tiny independent country on a small island. It is a spectacular melting pot of English, Chinese, Malay, Indonesians and people from the rest of Asia. In the last decade it has had one of the strongest economies in the world. This presentation looks at the history of this fascinating place, with special reference to it as a comfortable place to see tropical Asian plants.
March - A Wandering Botanist on Orkney and Shetland (Scotland) and the Faroes - These three chilly islands on the eastern side of the North Sea were settled by Scandinavians about 800 AD but otherwise their histories are quite different. This talk considers the climate, animals and especially plants of these islands, their settlement history and what it is like to see them today.
April - A Wandering Botanist in Taiwan - Taiwan is a beautiful island east of China south of Japan. It has been self-governing since the 1940s but because Communist China claims it, it is not generally recognized as a country. Taiwan is tropical and subtropical with high mountains in the center, a wonderful place to visit. This presentation introduces the history and variety that is Taiwan.
May - A Wandering Botanist in northern Colorado. On the Colorado Front range, eastern and western, northern and southern plants meet in a unique mix. This presentation talks about the native vegetation of Loveland, how settlement has changed it and prospects for the future, with emphasis on seeing it yourself, emphasizing the plants.
September - A Wandering Botanist in China - The People’s Republic of China is the size of the United States, so visiting Beijing and Shanghai is no more representative of China than visiting Washington D. C. and New York is for the United States. This talk features less-visited parts in China, especially areas home to some of China’s 53 minority groups. Plants and agriculture are featured.
October - A Wandering Botanist in Frisia (the Netherlands). Frisia is the section of the northern Europe where the language Frisian is spoken, a corner of Germany and the northern Netherlands. This talk looks at the history and ecology of the area, where shallow seas have been converted to farmland and where the major crop is tulips.
November - A Wandering Botanist in the North American Plains. We plowed most of it, but before that, grassland ran from here at the base of the Rockies to the edge of eastern forests in eastern Ohio and western Tennessee. Increasingly there are prairie reserves to visit and say “so?” when shown a grassy pasture. This presentation will talk about the plants, the region’s history and what to notice when visiting the Plains.
December - A Wandering Botanist in Sweden. Swedes sailed west to discover Greenland and North America and east to found Moscow, and south to trade with Greeks in Constantinople. In the 1600s Sweden was a major European power, its boundaries far beyond those of today. Bad economic times sent Swedes to the United States: in 1900 more Swedes lived in Chicago than any city except Stockholm. This presentation talks about the homeland of these remarkable people, especially the plants.
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