Hugh Nicholson pioneered the propagation and extensive use of rainforest plants in gardens and in reforestation on degraded lands. Together with his wife, Nan, he ran Terania Rainforest Nursery for almost 20 years before selling it in 1995.
Hugh collected most of the seeds for the nursery and combined the hunt for seeds with photographing plants in flower and fruit. These photographs became the basis for the series of six books, Australian Rainforest Plants I-VI and for the interactive key Rainforest Plants of Australia – Rockhampton to Victoria. He continues to photograph rainforest and his photos appear in numerous books, journals and websites.
Hugh and Nan are involved in numerous conservation issues and with human rights. 10% of the income from the publishing business are donated to conservation and social justice causes.