Sugarloaf Books


350 Plants-10 years on Sugarloaf Mountain


Melanie Choukas-Bradley and I spent 10 years working together in the field, on the Sugarloaf Mountain books.  We would ‘meet at the plant’ on the mountain and open up our botany books and my sketchbook.  After studying the plant and noting the significant features, we would talk about how we would describe the plant to help users of our book, in identification.

This collaboration was born out of a love of nature and Sugarloaf Mountain.  I wanted to create the art for this book, to help others understand what was growing in their own backyard. Melanie’s writing and my art describe the enchanting tree canopy and forest floor.  I have tried to capture the ‘personality’ of each plant, as well as significant botanical features.  This was a wonderful learning experience for me, as I sat with each plant and tried to tell its story in a drawing.  I hope you will enjoy our books on a hike or in your own backyard.

Books can be purchased online.

  1. Bullet Audubon Naturalist Society bookshop:

  2. Bullet University of VA Press:

  3. Bullet  Amazon.  

The Sugarloaf Books are a great gift for gardeners, hikers, naturalists who want to learn more about our local flowers and trees, and discover our Mountain. 

drawings fill sugarloaf books
Featured in the Washington Post
“Sugarloaf: The Mountain’ s History, Geology and Natural Lore”
“Sugarloaf: The Mountain's History, Geology, and Natural Lore”

Author: Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Artist: by Tina Thieme Brown

University of VA Press:
Field Guide
“Illustrated Guide to Eastern Woodland Wildflowers and Trees:
350 Plants Observed at Sugarloaf Mountain, Maryland”

Author: Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Artist & Coauthor: Tina Thieme Brown

Washington Post
Frederick News Post
Audubon Naturalist News

Hikes on Sugarloaf Mtn.
ANS sponsored Hikes Spring & Fall.
Join Tina & Melanie on Sugarloaf Mountain for a naturalist hike.

Melanie & Tina on Sugarloaf