Craig Huegel

Craig Huegel

St. Petersburg College
Ecologist, Educator, Author and Experimental Gardener & Grower

Adjunct faculty, St Petersburg College, Florida

28 years of experience with native plant education, restoration and gardening

Craig is renowned for his knowledge of plant-animal interactions and the design of wildlife-attracting landscapes. At the University of Florida, he co-founded the Urban Wildlife Extension Program and established the Florida Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program. He also established the Pinellas County Environmental Lands Division and served as Division Administrator for twelve years.

A much loved professor and teacher, Craig has authored several popular books promoting the use of Florida native plants, including books on landscaping for wildlife, gardening with wildflowers and using plants in shady gardens. He lectures widely across¬†the state of Florida on the use of native plants in ecologically beneficial, sustainable landscapes. And whether it’s 8:00am or 8:00pm, Craig’s dynamic delivery and entertaining speaking style will keep you alert and inspired.

Along with his wife, Alexa, Craig maintains a blog and experimental backyard nursery by the same name, Hawthorne Hill Native Wildflower & Rare Plant Nursery, where he promotes beautiful and hard-to-find native wildflowers, providing both plants and the insights needed to use them successfully in home gardens.

Craig is passionate about the joy and satisfaction native gardens and landscapes bring to our lives. He has received numerous state and regional awards from public agencies and private conservation groups for his ongoing environmental education, restoration and preservation efforts. 

Craig has a B.A. in zoology and M.S. in wildlife ecology from the University of Wisconsin.

He has a Ph.D. in animal ecology from Iowa State University.

Certified Wildlife Biologist with the Wildlife Society.

Great Native Shrubs to use in Central and South Florida

Classroom A

Florida offers a great many native shrubs to choose from, but only a very small number are routinely used in landscapes For ecological and aesthetic reasons, as well as building more resilient landscapes, more native shrub species should be used than is currently the case. This session will showcase some of the best Florida native […]

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Great Native Trees to use in Central and South Florida

Classroom B

Florida is home to hundreds of native tree species, but only a small number are routinely used in landscapes. For ecological and aesthetic reasons, and for more resilient landscapes, more different native tree species can and should be considered than is currently the case. This session will showcase some of the best — not commonly […]

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