Rosa Rugosa Magenta Bloom and Pen Hi, I’m Karen Hugg and I write about plants. I believe more people need plants in their lives and the best way to accomplish that is to show how fascinating they are through entertaining stories and informative articles.


I was born into a Polish family and raised in a very Polish neighborhood in Chicago before I finished graduate school and moved to the Pacific Northwest. (The giant trees here enchanted me.) I worked as an editor for several years, first at small print publications and then hi-tech places like Microsoft and Amazon. The highlight of that time was working and living in Paris while helping to launch

After awhile, I burned out and had to reexamine my life. This led me to horticulture school where I fell in love with the beauty (and silence) of plants. I earned my certificate in ornamental horticulture and became a Master Pruner. I opened a small gardening business and helped clients transform and maintain their yards. In my spare time, I wrote articles and reviews about gardening. I went to Goddard College and earned an MFA. Now I write novels featuring plants. I also manage the goings on of my family, my brilliant husband and three sweet, kooky adopted children from Poland. When not writing or gardening or parenting, I sit outside and stare at the sky.


If you’d like information on plants, you can search on a topic in the sidebar, go to Gardening Resources, or subscribe to my newsletter, Friday Flourish, and get my PDF,  “20 Must-Have Plants for Northwest Gardens” as a gift.

I recently created Friday Flourish to help readers have a more enriched experience on the weekends. Every other Friday I send links to my newest writings, gardening tips, book, music, and film discoveries, mom thoughts, and insights into modern life. In other words, ways to flourish in your free time.

Fun fact: My name is pronounced “Hewg” like Huguenot and not “Hug” as in Hugs and Kisses, though I do like hugs!

For a list of my publications, see the Writing Section.

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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