Sometimes he used a spade in his garden, and sometimes he read and wrote. He had but one name for these two kinds of labor; he called them gardening.
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Welcome, I’m Karen K. Hugg. I work as a gardener by day and write stories by night, mostly about planty things, as fictional stories or non-fiction narratives and articles. My ultimate goal is to spotlight the cool side of horticulture, the amazing rare plants and interesting, sometimes eccentric, people who make or take care of them. Over the years, I’ve written short stories, creative non-fiction, novels, blog posts, articles, and reviews. I hope you enjoy exploring this website of my work.

Latest Blog Post

My latest post reviews the new Mike Birbiglia movie, Don’t Think Twice, a wonderfully honest portrait of a comedy improv troupe and what their struggles can teach us as writers about persistence and knowing one’s self. Click here to read.


img_4696I often use a modified version of meditation for writerly inspiration and to shape my stories. The technique involves a lot of sitting, breathing, and not thinking. But it really works! I wrote about the practice in a post for the wonderful site Women Writers, Women’s Books. It’s an informative, supportive resource for women writers. Please check out my post and if you try this technique, comment and tell me! Here’s the article.



rooted anthologyMy short non-fiction piece, “The Scent of a Daphne,” will appear in Rooted: An Anthology of Arboreal Nonfiction from Outpost 19 press. It’s a great anthology edited by Josh MacIvor-Anderson, author of On Heights & Hunger, with a foreword by Bill McKibben, the environmental advocate who worked on the Keystone XL Pipeline issue. Rooted will be available in April, 2017.

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