Craig Huegel


Ecologist, Environmental and Landscape Consultant, Author
27 years of experience with native plants and landscapes
Experimental grower & blogger Hawthorne Hill Native Wildflower & Rare Plant Nursery

A Certified Wildlife Biologist with the Wildlife Society, Craig’s specialty area is the plant-animal interaction and he is well known as a state expert in the design of wildlife-attracting landscapes. He has been a faculty member of the University of Florida where he co-founded the Cooperative Urban Wildlife Extension Program and established the Florida Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program. He established the Pinellas County Environmental Lands Division and served as Division Administrator for 12 years. Craig is the author of multiple very popular trade books on native plant landscaping for wildlife, gardening with wildflowers and landscaping with native plants in the shade. He lectures widely across the state of Florida on the use of native plants in ecologically beneficial, sustainable landscapes. Craig has taught several BoLA approved courses for FANN and consistently gets rave review. His entertaining speaking style and dynamic delivery will keep the foggiest participant awake and engaged. Craig has received numerous state and regional awards from public agencies and private conservation groups for his environmental education, restoration and preservation work. He grows and introduces unusual native wildflowers to the trade and maintains an active, in-depth online blog on native Florida wildflowers. Craig has a B.A. in zoology and M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin and Ph.D. in Animal Ecology from Iowa State University.