HORT travels

Exploring the horticultural beauty in every adventure.

Katsura Horticultural


Specializing in horticulture-centric articles, research, blog postings, web site and blog ghost-writing, lectures and workshops as well as on-site consultations for municipalities, commercial enterprises and residential properties.

Learn more about me, my education and my experiences on my LinkedIn Page.

Examples of my work can be found below.

Contact me with questions or to schedule a program or meeting katsurahorticultural@gmail.com


  • Garden and Landscape Advice
  • Garden and Landscape Plant Identification
  • Developing Customized Garden Care Schedules
  • Personalized Custom Care Guides for Your Landscape
  • Plant Health Assessments & Recommendations
  • Garden/Curriculum Connection Development – School Gardening
  • Contractor Oversight, Communication and Management



Outdoor Interactive Programs

Engaging and interactive outdoor programs; touching, smelling, observing plants and the natural world.

  • What’s In Bloom and Seasonal Interest Walks and Tours – Explore an area for what is in bloom, learn their natural history, how to identify them and how to incorporate them into your landscape.
  • Seasonal Plant Identification How-To Walks – Learn how to identify plants while out in the field, explore the vocabulary of plant identification field guides and apps, practice identifying mystery plants on the walk.
  • Botany by Boat– Float along the edges of reservoirs, lakes and slow moving creeks looking for interesting plants and learning their role in the ecology of the place.
  • Invasive Plant Identification and Management Walk   –  walk through various landscapes looking for invasive plants, learn how to tell them from native look-alikes and discuss management options on site.
  • Weed Identification Walks – walk through various landscapes looking for weeds, learn how to identify them, learn their lifecycles and natural history and discuss management options on site.

Indoor Group Presentations

Image-centered presentations that challenge conventional thinking on a wide variety of topics including:

  • The Tall and the Small: A Horticulturist visits the Redwoods and finds Spring Wildflowers. Explore the unique ecosystem of the coastal redwoods during a spring visit, learn about the wildflowers there and similarities between the east and west coast spring blooms. 
  • Uncomfortable Conversations: Using critical thinking and active listening to navigate any controversial discussion.  Focus on issues like GMOs, Pesticides, Invasive/Native Debate, Lawns, Regulations and Zoning etc. This interactive workshop can be customized to have your audience explore controversial issues particular to your group.
  • Native Plants for Cut Flower Gardens: Enhance diversity and resilience in your landscape with plenty left over for a centerpiece.
  • Gardening in Small Spaces: No space is too small for a garden. Learn how to analyze your site and choose the right plants to ensure success in even the smallest gardens. Typically a 2-session program.
  • The Dirt on Soil: Your group will have pre-talk homework for this one. Learn your soils from the inside out and find out what you can do with that information to ensure a successful garden. Landscape or vegetable garden focus.
  • Define Interesting: Sure we all want seasonal interest in the landscape. But how do we define that and why? Guided by historic descriptive texts, determine for your self what makes plants interesting and what you will leave in your garden from now on.
  • The Black Walnut: Defying a Bad Reputation. Often maligned and quite misunderstood, infamous for its toxic chemicals, this native tree has much more to its story. From important wildlife food to delicious syrup and natural antifungal properties, explore the bright side of Black Walnuts.
  • Why Native Plants? Sure, we keep hearing that we should be planting native plants. But what does that mean and why should we do this? Explore the reasons why we should consider planting native plants and examine what exactly a native plant is.
  • Putting Your Gardens to Bed Take fall clean-ups off your to do list! No more leaf raking or cutting back your perennial beds this fall. Find out why and what you should be doing instead.