Friends of the Arboretum Lecture

Sponsored by Malissa and Russel Kilpatrick and Bobby G. Wilder

"Contemporary Planting Design in Landscape Architecture"
Richard Hartlage, Land Morphology

  • Thursday, January 21, 2016 – 7:30 pm9:00 pm

This presentation will be an overview of meadow and matrix planting styles, prevalent in Germany, The Netherlands, England, and Belgium since World War I, and emerging as a significant component of contemporary American landscape architecture. Citygarden in St. Louis and The High Line are prominent examples of this trend. Meadows are an important emerging design style but are complicated to design, install, and manage and will be explained as a designed element in the rural, sub-urban, and urban landscape. The dynamic, block planting styles pioneered by Roberto Burle Marx, Thomas Church, and Garret Ecbo will also be discussed, along with sustainable matrixes of naturalistic and nonnative plants.


Planting design is an integral part of any successful garden. The focus will be on a range of landscape architects and professional garden designers working in the United States. A wide geographical range of projects will make the book appealing to a national audience. The presentation will promote and celebrate the talent and traditions in the United States because so many examples of projects are European, and then Americanized. This presentation is beautiful and inspirational, and includes practical information for the professional.

It is based on the book recently published my Monacelli Press that includes over fifty national public and private projects by more than twenty recognized firms.

Richard Hartlage

Continuing Education Credit

Richard Hartlage's lecture has been approved for 1.5 credit hours (Course 11177) by the N.C. Board of Landscape Architects.

About Richard Hartlage

Richard is founding partner and owner of an eleven person, and growing, office that designs, oversees construction, and assists clients in management of significant private and public properties in eight states. Land Morphology's specialty is public gardens and highly sophisticated, horticulturally complex estates, assisting the design, procurement of exceptional plants, and often curation of significant plant collections.

His work has been featured in the New York Times, Horticulture, Traditional Home, Pacific Horticulture, Garden Design, and the Seattle Times, in addition to other publications in the United States, Japan, and Europe.

Richard was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, and is a graduate in ornamental horticulture from NC State University. While in North Carolina, he worked at Montrose Nursery, a mail order nursery specializing in perennials and as head gardener at Chatwood, a private estate known to have the premier collection of antique roses in the Southeast.

He has fifteen years experience in public gardening as superintendent of horticulture for the Morris County Park Commission where he directed horticulture at both Willowwood Arboretum and Frelinghuysen Arboretum. As director of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Gardens in Seattle, Richard initiated the highly successful regional education program, "Great plant Picks," which promotes the best performing plants for the Pacific Northwest.

Richard has given over 350 lectures in the last twenty years, and has written over sixty articles on gardening and garden design topics for national and regional publications. His photographs appear regularly in the Seattle Times and many horticultural magazines and books. He is a contributing editor to Garden Design. His first book, Bold Visions for the Garden, was published by Fulcrum Press in October 2001, and he is the photographer for Plant Life: Growing a Garden in the Pacific Northwest and A Pattern Garden by Valerie Easton and Pots in the Garden: Expert Design & Planting Techniques and Coleus: Rainbow Foliage for Containers and Gardens by Ray Rogers. He is currently co-authoring a comprehensive book on American garden design.

Free for Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, NC State University students (with ID), and Department of Horticultural Science faculty and staff, all others $5.00.
Advance registration is not available.
Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Please call (919) 513-7005 for more information about this lecture.