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Nancy Ross Hugo writes about gardening, trees, and floral design from her home in Ashland, Virginia and her family’s small farm in Howardsville, Virginia. Her love of trees has led her to tree habitats all over the world, but her real passion is celebrating the common wildflowers, weeds, trees, and everyday plants that are often overlooked in ordinary backyards. Nancy loves reading old natural history books, writing new ones, and exploring the creative process through flower arranging and nature journaling. Through nature journaling and blogging about the “windowsill arrangements” she creates every day, she says she keeps her creative muscles exercised, her thoughts straight, and her eyes open to all things wild and wonderful.

The author of five books and hundreds of articles about nature and the outdoors, Nancy is the former garden columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch and former education manager at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. She currently lectures on the two topics closest to her heart: observing trees carefully and celebrating the seasons through daily, simple flower arranging. With fellow floral designers Kate Vernon and David Pippin, Nancy also conducts floral design workshops in Central Virginia.