What I Write

Hemlock Bark, Karen Hugg, www.karenhugg.com #trees #bark #lichenI write stories about botanically unique plants and the people who grow them. I do this because I’m enchanted by the natural world, which I see as a wonderland of living green beings we often take for granted. Plants not only grow but they struggle, triumph, communicate like humans. They show us their joy and sadness. We fall in love with them and they care nothing about us. In fact, most don’t even need us to survive. I want to bring these complexities about plants to my work.

In concert with this, I write about plant caretakers. The growers, the horticulturalists, the teachers, the sellers who work with plants and appreciate their mysterious ways. They are fascinating people whose passions and failures keep them going forward in life. Yet their personalities are known as either nerdy cliché or not known at all. I want to bring their humanity to the page.