Hawthorn Hill

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About me

Gender Male
Industry Environment
Occupation Environmental Consultant/Educator
Location Holiday, Florida, United States
Introduction This blog is the work of Craig N. Huegel, PhD. I am an environmental consultant and educator who loves plants. Though formally educated as a wildlife biologist, I am an enthusiastic gardener and have studied and worked with plants my entire life. I currently serve as the Director of the University of South Florida Botanical Gardens. Prior to this I taught in the Baccalaureate Biology Program at St. Petersburg College. I have written six books on Florida native plants - the most recent four with the University of Florida Press and I lecture throughout the state on a variety of topics related to plants and wildlife. I use my central Florida landscapes as laboratories to evaluate native plants and we grow a wide variety of species (mostly wildflowers) that are not commonly propagated elsewhere.in order to give us hands-on experience. Hawthorn Hill is not a retail plant nursery, but twice a year, I open my yard to public tours and make my extra plants available to the public. If you are interested in what I am currently growing, please email me for my current list at huegelc55@aol.com or give me a call at (727) 422-6583.
Interests Nature study, hiking, writing, photography, music, wine-making, reading, family
Favorite Movies Akira Kurosawa, silent comedies by Chaplin, Lloyd, and Keaton, It Happened One Night, Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Capra, Lord of the Rings, Terry Gilliam
Favorite Music Modern singer/songwriters such as Richard Shindell, John Gorka and Nanci Griffith, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Classical piano and 20th century Russians
Favorite Books Lord of the Rings, William Morris, George MacDonald, E.R. Eddison, James Branch Cabell, William Hope Hodgson, Three Men in a Boat, Braiding Sweetgrass