Author, Cuero native returning home to talk about useful native plants

April 9, 2011 at 8 p.m.
Updated April 9, 2011 at 11:10 p.m.

Scooter Cheatham

Scooter Cheatham

Cuero native and author Scooter Cheatham returns home Tuesday with a program at the Cuero Municipal Library.

Cheatham, an architect and botanist, is the principal author of "Useful Wild Plants of Texas," an encyclopedia set of some 3,000 native plants, according to a news release from the library.

Three volumes have been published so far.

Cheatham's goal of publishing the encyclopedia set is to "recognize the importance of plants so that we take good care of them and we're not doing a very good job of that," he said.

"And to recognize that we have barely tapped the uses of plants. We're going to need them in the future, for lots of other things."

His interest in plant life began on a visit to his grandmother's ranch at Concrete as a Boy Scout survivalist and rekindled when visiting the ranch again as a senior doing an anthropology project at the University of Texas, according to the news release.

Cheatham's appearance is part of the observance of National Library Week.

The DeWitt County Shutterbugs will also be displaying 250 photographs in the library. Refreshments we provided.



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